Karim Nader is an architect, teacher and yogi.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from the American University of Beirut in 1999 where he was the first prize winner of the Azar Award as well as the third prize winner of the Aareen Award for excellency in architecture. In 2003, he received his Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston. Since 2000, he has been continuously teaching at the American University of Beirut, also from 2014 until 2016 at the Lebanese American University. His interests include architectural representation and process and always emphasize the role of the designer as a passionate, engaged and responsible individual. From foundation to final project, he has conducted numerous design studios, experimental electives, notably the “Manifesto”, a spiritual and creative workshop that concluded yearly in awaited theatrical representations.
Professionally, after independent beginnings, he collaborated from 2008 until 2016 with Patrick Mezher and Walid Ghantous as BLANKPAGE Architects. The built work, in particular Amchit Residence and Villa Kali, has been widely published in the international press and nominated in 2015 to the Archmarathon Award. In 2011, they were declared winners of two competitions, SEF 355 office complex in Sin el Fil commissioned by Express International as well as TRIADE, a multi-use project commissioned by MEDPROPERTIES and M-Tower S.A.L. In 2012, they were declared by FFA Real Estate as the laureate of the Kfardebiane country club competition amongst a panel of twelve competing firms. In 2015, they won the Badalodge competition, a 20,000sqm eco-resort in Bamako, Mali organized by Omnium Capital.
In 2016, he founds his independent practice, Karim Nader Studio, a bespoke firm, “from the landscape to the doorknob.” El Khalil Beach House (Villa Kali), delivered in the summer of 2016, is a major 2,000sqm, 10 bedroom seaside mansion, designed as a full commission from the architectural scale to interior and furniture design and selection. It is a four-year effort that involved collaborations with numerous designers and contractors that truly inspired the renewal of the possibility of architecture as a total work of art. Amongst the current projects, Immeuble de l’Union is the awaited renovation of the 1952 masterpiece by Lucien Cavro and Antoun Tabet. In addition, the studio is currently collaborating with Dalal Steel for prefabricated low-cost and ecological experiments.
Located in Saifi, in the heart of the Beiruti art scene, the studio collaborates with architects, engineers and contractors of affiliated firms to produce work of the highest quality and craft. From residential developments, resorts, to villas or interior design projects, passing by furniture or object design, all projects are given the same attention and passion. The quality of the design and its execution is the result of our 18-year experience in the local market where personal ties were built with designers, suppliers, craftspeople and fabricators.
- Immeuble de l'Union, Mixed-Use
- Sugar Lane, Mixed-Use
- Gazebo House, Prefabricated Prototype
- The Glass House, House
- The Long House, House
- On the Rocks, House
- The Playoffice, Entertainment
- SJ at the Park, Interior
- Bassil Houses, House
Pursued by BLANKPAGE:
- The Summit, House
- House in Roumieh, House
- Villa Kali, House + Interior
- Lana, Interior
- Amchit Residence, House
- Saifi Penthouse, Interior
- Banque du Liban CMA, Offices
- Tahan Villa, House
- Pier 7, Entertainment
- Clos du Phoenix, Industrial
- Chiah 765, Offices
- Naqoura Public School, Public
- GAF & CO. Showroom, Commercial
- Kore Showroom, Commercial
- CB Kids' Club, Commercial
- Pharmacie du Quartier, Commercial
- Riachy Residence, Interior
- A Sioufi Memoir, Interior
- KN Loft, Interior
169 Arz street, Nassar Building, 5th floor, Beirut, Lebanon
T: +961 1 57 06 57