Born in Beirut in 1959, Mohamad Hamouie is a Lebanese architect who has always been drawn to the traditional architecture of his home region. After graduating with a degree in architecture from the American University of Beirut, Hamouie was appointed as an assistant professor at the University where he taught Lebanese Traditional Architecture with Professor Friedrich Ragette, Islamic Urbanism with Professor Jad Tabet, and Architectural Drawing with Professor Martin Geisen.
Hamouie’s private research and practice have made him one of the leaders of New Traditional Architecture in the Middle East. He is currently a Professor of Practice and the Director of the Institute of Islamic Art & Architecture at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, School of Architecture & Design. He has also served as Board Member of the Saudi Council of Engineers.
In 1993, Hamouie established his private practice. His first project as an independent Architect, a Central Mosque in Shkodër, Albania was nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001. Through his comprehensive knowledge of history and awareness of local context, Hamouie has created original award winning designs that are site specific and culturally-attuned.
Over the course of his career so far, Hamouie has designed and built more than 200 projects ranging from private palaces to large urban developments. Across all these projects, Hamouie has remained rooted in, and influenced by, regional architecture. In collaboration with master craftsmen worldwide, he has designed spaces and structures that are as much guided by contemporary theories as by traditional values. This blending of influences has earned Hamouie widespread recognition. He has won first prize in a number of competitions including the Golden Island competition in Cairo Egypt, the Medinah Hotel competition in Medinah, KSA, and the Central Area Development in Salalah, Oman. Hamouie was also chosen to submit an entry for the Development of the Shamiyah Area in Makkah, KSA and the King Abdullah Mosque in Makkah. He was also chosen to design the Rajhi Grand Mosque in Riyadh, that accommodates more than 25,000 worshipers, and the Artisans’ Complex in Yazd, Iran. Recently, Hamouie has been working in collaboration with International firms on the Bawwabat Makkah Urban Development and is currently part of a consortium on the urban development of Jeddah’s old town center.