In The Press
Ibrahim Berberi joined 109architectes in 2003, and has been a driving force behind the firm’s regional business development ever since. With a background in design and project management, he also oversees the execution of high-profile projects including the new Université Saint-Joseph Campus in Beirut.
The Université Saint-Joseph Campus was distinct in its intricacy. Highly specialized medical and teaching consultants came from Europe to provide their expertise, while structural and electro-mechanical consultants worked closely with the design team. Ibrahim acted as senior architect and manager on the project, and saw it through to completion as site supervisor.
From 1992-2000, Ibrahim was a senior architect at Dagher Architects, where he worked primarily on large-scale projects. Collaborating with Valode and Pistre (France) and Robert Adams and Associates (England), he worked on the IMAX Cinema Complex in Beirut District Center and International Hotel respectively.
Working as a development consultant at Société Générale Bank from 2000-2003 offered Ibrahim a new, business-oriented perspective that benefits both the firm and its clients.
Ibrahim holds a Post-MBA Certificate from McGill University, Canada (2005), an MBA from ESCP-EAP, Paris and Beirut (1999), and a DESS in Architecture from ALBA, Beirut (1993). He recently attended two postgraduate programs – Planning and Building Sustainable Campuses and The Sustainable House: Designing Truly Green Homes – at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Fund Manager, Audi Saradar Private Bank
Michel Georr co-founded 109 Architectes in 2002. With a limited focus on the day-to-day business, he is charged with a rapidly increasing client base and the firm’s sustained growth in both earnings and turnover. Dedicated to driving employee motivation, loyalty, and commitment, Michel was also instrumental in creating a customized reward and partnership system for the firm’s architects and staff.
Michel’s diverse background spans industries. From 1993 to 1998, he was a senior architect with Basile, Homsi and Associates, where he was part of the Architectural Design Unit. There, he led several large-scale projects.
Currently at the Audi Sarader Group fulltime, Michel was recently appointed creator and manager of a $250 million Real Estate Development Fund. He joined the group in 2000 as Manager of the Marketing, Communication and Public Relations Departments, but quickly expanded his scope of work. Advising the bank’s contracting and real estate subsidiaries, Michel also structured several investment deals for High Net Worth Individuals. He managed branch network development and was a member of cross-functional teams that successfully handled the post-merger integration process between Banque Audi and Banque Saradar.
In 2002, Michel initiated the launch of a fleet of mobile computer schools, giving children in Lebanon’s remote areas IT education. The initiative, funded by the Saradar Foundation, was later co-sponsored by UNICEF and large local corporations.
Four years earlier, Michel’s enthusiasm for sports resulted in the launch of Sports.com, a French-language sports magazine that became a weekly supplement to the only French-language daily newspaper in the Middle East.
Michel holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD, France-Singapore (2006), an MBA from ESCP-EAP, Paris and Beirut (1999), and a DESS in Architecture from ALBA, Beirut (1993). He also attended several executive education programs at Euromoney, INSEAD, and ESA.
Co-founder of 109 Architectes, Youssef Mallat was central to developing the firm’s project portfolio, reputation, and consultant network. He drives 109 Architectes’ growth in the Arab states, managing projects both locally and in the KSA and Dubai. Additionally, Youssef’s responsibilities run the spectrum of the firm’s activities, from design and development to client representation.
Youssef was Partner in Charge of several projects including Le Plan du Lion project, where he established a state of the art wood construction process in coordination with Swiss engineers and German suppliers. This chain of construction was introduced to Lebanon by 109 Architectes, and has since been adopted by several local firms.
Prior to founding 109 Architectes in 2002, Youssef was part of a private practice in Beirut. His work included design and project management of residential buildings, private residences, and offices.
From 1994 to 1996, he was an architect at Architecture Studio, Paris. Youssef contributed to the Jean Monet University in St. Etienne, France and the European Parliament in Strasburg. While at Architecture Studio, he gained experience in dealing with large-scale projects and prestigious multinational companies, which would prove essential at 109 Architectes.
Youssef holds a DESS in Architecture from ALBA, Beirut (1993) an MBA from ESCP-EAP, Paris and Beirut (1999). He also attended two postgraduate programs at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, titled Daylight Buildings and Master Planning: Moving Toward a Sustainable City.
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