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.
The main concept of this project was to design the house around two oases of landscape and water. The formal court is the green heart of the house, changing with the seasons and the light of day. The pool court, has the family zone around it, providing it with privacy and protection. Both courts capture the cool night air, which cools the house during the day. The orientation, the courtyards, the insulated thick walls all reduces heat gain. Solar panels and sewage treatment plants that recycle waste water, all aid in the energy conservation and energy efficiency. With the formal areas and upstairs closed, the five bedroom house becomes a single bedroom apartment around the family pool.