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Q&A with Aseel Honein

by Miriam Spradling

Aseel Honein, a 2019 WE Lead Scholar from Lebanon, is an architect, university instructor, and real estate developer who is working on sustainable projects for economic, environmental, and social prosperity. She is currently developing an ecotourism plan for the Koura District in North Lebanon to promote new job opportunities. Aseel also mentors young entrepreneurs on innovation and startups.

MIRIAM SPRADLING: TELL US ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO AS AN ARCHITECT ADDRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN NORTH LEBANON AND WHY YOU BECAME INTERESTED IN ARCHITECTURE.

Aseel Honein: I took an interest in architecture when I was about 8 years old. Many of my drawings and paintings revolved around landscape architecture before I knew what it was really about.

In my country, architecture is quite a challenging discipline due to the absence of urban planning and proper infrastructure. Consequently, the northern region, particularly the Koura District, has been witnessing rural expansion in development which is illustrated with buildings that completely disregard the environment or the social need for open green spaces. Real estate has become a lucrative business at the expense of the social and environmental capital.

All of these factors pushed me to design and build an alternative solution – a green residential complex – which makes my venture ‘Val de Fii’ very rewarding. It is a game changer as it utilizes building science to ensure comfort with harmony and great views of nature… more

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