Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1960, Maha received the Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Beirut in 1983. She teaches architectural design at AUB since 2003. The main focus of Maha Nasrallah architect’s design office is on sustainable design. Some of her projects include: The ecological renovation of Casa Batroun in 2011, in collaboration with EcoConsulting, Dar al Aytam Qobbeh Complex in collaboration with Prime Design, and the Bkerzay lodging project. Maha also started experimenting with clay in 2010 and became one of the co-founders of the Bkerzay Pottery Workshop that began in 2011 in Baakline, and where she exhibits her work permanently.
Casa Batroun Case Study: A small private house in the Mediterranean sea-side town of Batroun, North of Lebanon renovated and extended in an eco-friendly manner. It achieved the BREEAM Excellent rating and is the 1st project to be BREEAM-certified in Lebanon and the 1st BREEAM Excellent rating in the Middle-East. Casa Batroun was also the recipient of the GOLD Award from the UK Green Apple Award for the Built Environment in 2013 and the winner of the Lebanese Architect Award 2017 in the Sustainable Architecture category! The presentation will describe its bio-climatic design, the choice of low-impact materials, as well as all the energy-efficiency, water conservation, and sustainability features of the house.
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