Lina Ghotmeh

Member of the Master Jury 2022


Lina Ghotmeh is a French-Lebanese architect who leads Lina Ghotmeh – Architecture, an international multidisciplinary practice established in Paris. Echoing Ghotmeh’s lived experience of Beirut – she was born there in 1980 – the office’s work is orchestrated as an “Archeology of the Future”, where every project develops from thorough historical and material research, learning from a vernacular past to build a new “déjà-là”. In this process, architectures emerge from a close understanding of their environment, which results in a symbiotic and ecological dialogue with the Earth.


Among her projects, Lina Ghotmeh is renowned for the Estonian National Museum; Réalimenter Masséna, a wooden tower dedicated to sustainable feeding in Paris; and Stone Garden, in Beirut, where craft is at the heart of the building. Among other projects, her studio is currently designing and leading the construction of Hermès Manufacture, a passive (ecological) building in Normandy, and the urban rehabilitation of the Maine Montparnasse grounds in Paris.


Lina Ghotmeh carried out her architectural studies at the American University of Beirut. She has lectured internationally and taught at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. She now holds teaching positions at the Yale School of Architecture and the University of Toronto and is co-president of the RST ARCHES Scientific Network. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2020 Tamayouz “Woman of Outstanding Achievement” Award; the French Fine Arts Academy Cardin Award 2019; the French Academy Dejean Prize 2016; the Grand Prix Afex 2016; and the French Ministry AJAP Prize 2008. She was nominated for the Schelling Architecture Prize 2020. Her work is currently exhibited at the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice. She has also been published widely in books and magazines, including Phaidon, RIBA, Domus and Architectural Record.

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