The Vienna and Beirut based practice Najjar & Najjar was founded in 1999 Karim and Rames Najjar, and is renowned for its highly original work. Its designs are not only innovative and visually striking, but also highly functional – inspired by both nature and technologies transferred from various industrial domains.
Activities include designing commercial buildings, residences, bridges, interiors, and furniture. Since 2006, the practice has also been involved in yacht design and won an award for innovative yacht design concepts. The affinity to ship building is tangible throughout their body of work.
The architect’s interdisciplinary design approach and their research in different fields as buoyant and kinetic structures give the architects their specific edge.
The practice has won several prestigious awards and found recognition in a considerable number of magazines, newspapers and books around the globe. Their works was displayed in various acknowledged art galleries and museums in Europe and overseas.
The Architects Karim and Rames Najjar have also been engaged into academic activities where taught studios at all levels. Rames has long taught at the University of Technology, currently Karim Najjar is teaching and coordinating the architectural program in the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.