Jala Makhzoumi

Jala Makhzoumi

Jala Makhzoumi IFLA/ ISOCARP
Email: jalamakhzoumi@gmail.com

Jala Makhzoumi is affiliate faculty at the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, American University of Beirut. In teaching, research and practice, she advocates a holistic, expansive landscape approach that mediates community needs with ecosystem health, biodiversity protection and landscape heritage conservation. Her professional practice in the Middle East spans thirty five years and includes postwar recovery in Iraq and Lebanon, landscape planning projects, Damascus 2030, comprehensive city development and urban greening, Baghdad 2030 and Sidon, and urban revitalization for the historic holy towns of Kadhimia and Najaf. In 2013, Jala received the Iraq Tammayouz Award for Women in Architecture and Construction (http://www.tamayouz-award.com/news/winner-announcement-professor-jala-al-makhzoumi-win-the-first-ever-tamayouz-women-in-architecture-and-construction-award ), was profiled by the Aga Khan Women Architects in 2014 (http://archnet.org/authorities/2833 ) and has served as juror to the Issam Fares and Engineering School international competitions, Lebanon, and invited expert for the Al Ain, Al Gharbia Region Development Charrettes, United Arab Emirates. Jala is co-founder and senior fellow, Cambridge Center for Landscape and People, UK, and serves on the editorial board of Landscape Research and International Journal of Marine and Island Culture. Her publications include Ecological Landscape Design and Planning: the Mediterranean context, co-author Pungetti (Spon, 1999) and The Right to Landscape, contesting landscape and human rights, co-editors Egoz and Pungetti (Ashgate, 2012) and Horizon 101 (Dar Qonboz, 2010) a reflective collection of paintings and prose on landscape and identity. In 2013 Jala co-established UNIT44, a Lebanon based practice offering a wide range of services in architecture, landscape architecture, ecological planning and urban design. Jala studied architecture in Baghdad, received her Master in Environmental Design, Yale University, PhD in landscape architecture, Sheffield University.