A two-stage competition was devised to identify Lebanese architects, based locally and abroad, interested in submitting designs.
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