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Yasmina Carole El Chami

Yasmina Carole El Chami

PhD Candidate in Architecture

Christ's College, Cambridge

Supervisor: Professor Wendy Pullan


Yasmina is an architect, Cambridge Trust Scholar, and second year PhD Candidate in the Centre for Urban Conflict Research (UCR) at the Department of Architecture. Her PhD research looks at the spread of missionary educational institutions in 19th century Lebanon as a spatial political project, used to exert a lasting effect on the territory’s social and physical form. 

She holds a B.Arch (Distinction) with a minor in English Literature from the American University of Beirut (2010), and an M.Phil (Distinction) in Architecture and Urban Design from the Architectural Association in London (2013). 

Prior to starting her PhD, Yasmina worked in various architecture studios including Rafael Vinoly Architects & Planners in New York, Bernard Khoury/DW5, Hala Younes/Aeta and Mariagroup Architects in Beirut. From 2013 to 2015 she taught design studios and theory courses at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University.

At Cambridge, she supervises the ARCT Part IB History & Theory paper on Housing, as well as Part I undergraduate dissertations. She is co-editor of the 28th issue of Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal.   


2018: 1st Prize, Lady Margaret Beaufort Portrait Prize, Christ's College Cambridge 
2017-2020: Cambridge International Scholarship, UK
2010: OMRANIA CSBE Award for Excellence in Architectural Design 1st Prize, Bahrain
2010: CHADIRJI Award for Excellence in Architecture, Lebanon
2010: AREEN Award for Excellence in Architecture 1st Prize, AUB, Lebanon
2010: Dean's Creative Achievement Award, AUB, Lebanon

Key Publications

“The Place Beyond the Coast”, The Place that Remains, Lebanese Pavilion Catalogue at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Skira 2018, pp 176-183.

From City of Capital to Capital City, Chapter in “New Design Research in Architecture and Urban Design”, ed. Sam Jacoby, special issue of Urban Flux [城市  ], 45.5, October 2015

Architectural Urbanism: Proposals for the Arab World, Sam Jacoby with Yasmina El Chami & Fady Mansour, in Re-Conceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World, ed. Robert Saliba, Ashgate: London, September 2015

Beirut, From City of Capital to Capital City: Rethinking a Lebanese State Identity within Neoliberal Economy, AAProjective Cities, Publications, online - July 2013

Viva la Vida or Death and All Its Friends: A Story about the Future of an Old Building in 9th FEASC Conference Proceedings, Beirut: American University of Beirut Press, October 2010