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Jala Makhzoumi

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Jala Makhzoumi


Jala Makhzoumi IFLA/ ISOCARP
Jala studied architecture in Baghdad. She received her Master in Environmental Design from Yale University and her PhD in Landscape Architecture from Sheffield University. She is affiliate professor at the American University of Beirut and co-founder of UNIT44 a Lebanon-based interdisciplinary design and planning consultancy. Jala has pioneered landscape architecture in the region through professional practice and an academic career that spans thirty-five years. In practice and research she advocates a holistic landscape approach that mediates community needs with ecosystem health, biodiversity protection, and landscape heritage conservation. She is recipient of the Tammayouz Award for Women in Architecture and Construction, profiled by the Aga Khan Women Architects. Her publications include Ecological Landscape Design and Planning: the Mediterranean context, co-author Pungetti (Spon, 1999), The Right to Landscape, contesting landscape and human rights, co-editors Egoz and Pungetti (Ashgate, 2012), and Horizon 101 (Dar Qonboz, 2010) a reflective collection of paintings and prose on landscape and identity.