ALAA BOU GHANEM

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am truly inspired by Martin Luther King. Although he was not an architect, he worked his entire life to create equality and spread diversity and through my architecture I am inspired to do the same.

ALAA BOU GHANEM

Bio:

Forward-thinking in his approach, Alaa Bou Ghanem has immersed himself in the research of computation and material science as it relates to architecture and the built environment. His graduate studies fueled his passion toward sustainability and green building design. Alaa’s future outlook is portrayed through his award winning project Déjà vu (https://alaabg.com) that stitches together the concepts of hyper-materialism, algorithmic design, and sustainable measures into cohesive architecture.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I have always been the curious type. Growing up in Lebanon and transitioning to the United States really opened my eyes to how our surrounding environment is constructed and the effect that has on the life and culture of the place.

What do you do?

I am a licensed architect/ designer so I spend a lot of time developing conceptual designs and making them buildable.

What excites you in the work you do?

The continuous change in tasks, goals and objectives between each project makes my work very exciting. Also, seeing a project come to life as it goes through the construction phase gives me a great sense of reward and accomplishment.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am truly inspired by Martin Luther King. Although he was not an architect, he worked his entire life to create equality and spread diversity and through my architecture I am inspired to do the same.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Completing the IPAL Program (Integrated Path to Architectural Consulting) which entailed completing my education, architectural experience and license examinations all upon graduation and receiving my NC license upon graduation at the age of 25.

Featured Project Name: 

Navae Vitae- Kinesiology Building on CSU-MB

 

Featured Project Location: 

California

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Unbuilt

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Architectural Designer

 

Featured Project Description:

This project is about movement. Each design decision was thought of in terms of how activity in and through the building coincided with the university’s primary program held in the building, kinesiology. From the most universal movement (that of the sun’s path), to the most personal movement (that of foot traffic on the walking surfaces), everything in this building reinforces the idea of physical engagement and the subsequent energy that can be produced from it.

Photography Credit:

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting