Ms. Hana Alamuddin, graduated from Greenwich University in the UK with a full professional degree, R.I.B.A 3, (with distinction) in 1985. She then went on to do her Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMarchs) in Designing for Islamic Societies at the Aga Khan Program, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T, U.S.A) 1987.
Ms Alamuddin started her practice in Lebanon in 1999. The practice, Almimariya, Architects and Designers for Sustainable Development, works on architectural, urban design and landscape projects within the perimeters of sustainable development and energy efficient construction. She has projects built in Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. As a member of the executive committee of the Association Pour la Protection des Sites et Anciennes Demeures. Liban (APSAD) from 1999 to 2008, she worked on several heritage preservation projects in Lebanon and published several articles on the built environment.
Ms. Alamuddin is also a senior lecturer at American University of Beirut and a board member of the Lebanon Green Building Council. Ms. Alamuddin served as a technical reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for three consecutive cycles. (998, 2001, 2004).
In 2014 she qualified as a LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Design and her children's book "Qusat wa Hykayat wa Beit" a story about the peasant house of the region its building and way of life, was published in that same year.
Alamuddin, Hana. "The Lebanese House", Beiteddine Festival Program, 1996.
The paper narrates the complex story of the traditional residential architecture of Lebanon. Starting with the relationship of the architecture to its natural setting with its mild climate and hilly topography to the social and political context that formed the fabric of the settlements and elements of the architecture. Through the examination of the various formal elements of the architecture of the house, the intrinsic relationship of the house to nature is demonstrated. Through proverbs, sayings and social habits, the role of the house in the Lebanese culture is explored.
“Your house is your larger body (nature, the forest, the world of freedom). It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; and it is not dreamless. Does not your house dream? and
dreaming, leave the city for grove or hilltop?” (The Prophet, Gibran Khalil Gibran)