Beirut stands out among the cities of its age not only for having helped to formulate the concept of Arab modernity, but also, and still more importantly, for having helped to make it a living thing.
Samir Kassir – Journalist and Author
A two-stage competition was devised to identify Lebanese architects, based locally and abroad, interested in submitting designs.
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    Statements of interest were received from architects of Lebanese architects based in Lebanon or abroad (registered or associated with an architect registered at the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut or Tripoli). A shortlist architects was created from the submissions.
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    The shortlisted architects were given further briefing on the site master plan and museum program and invited to envision strategies for the site massing and a preliminary concept design for the museum, along with a technical submissions. The design concepts for this stage were treated anonymously.
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    An international jury reviewed the shortlisted submissions and chose the winning entry and awarded a second entry a special mention for recognition.


An independent jury of renowned international and local experts was assembled, Chaired by Lord Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, it included Rem Koolhaas, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Rodolphe El-Khoury, Lamia Joreige, Lord Richard Rogers, Farès Al-Dahdah and representatives from APEAL.


  • Outstanding, engaging and original design that demonstrates architectural integrity.
  • Consideration of a strong connection to the urban context, the adjoining USJ campus and the historic significance of the site.
  • Emphasis on environmental consciousness in building architecture and operations.
  • Design informed by the museum's ideals of openness, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Creation of a museum that offers a civic space for local residents and visitors to gather, enriching lives and providing an engaging learning environment