Layal joined 109 Architectes as an intern in 2010, earning a reputation for her attention to detail and dedication. The day she graduated from university, she was offered an official place on the team.

Now leading SAIFI623, a mixed-use, 14-story building in Beirut, Layal played an essential role in the development of two challenging projects: The Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center and URB1, a mixed-use building in Beirut’s suburbs. She also contributed to the design of several international competitions, including the Guggenheim Helsinki proposal.

Layal graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) and continued her education with professional workshops addressing Venice’s urban planning challenges (2011) and the revitalization of Belgium’s Tubize region (2012). In her free time, Layal enjoys cooking indulgent meals for her family, a talent she shares with her mother.

Layal Aoun


2000: After her father singlehandedly builds the family’s home, she decides to become an architect

2010: Joins 109 Architectes as an intern

2012: Works on an urban planning project in collaboration with UCL Brussels for the revitalization of Tubize, Belgium

2013: Graduates from ALBA and joins 109 Architectes