Salim Al Kadi

Architect and founder

Salim Al-Kadi is an architect from Beirut. He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut (B.Eng/Arch. 2004)and Columbia University (M.Sc. 2006). In 2009 he co-founded ‘APractice Studio”. There he completed multiple projects including the celebrated MINA 1394 office building in central Beirut. Since 2011, Salim has been  a senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Architecture and Graphic Design. 

Since 2014 Salim  has also been involved in SIGIL, a collective involving Khaled Malas, Alfred Tarazi and Jana Traboulsi. Together they have completed multiple projects including ‘excavating the sky: a project on Syria’ commissioned by and exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘current power in Syria’ exhibited at the 2016 Marrakech Art Biennale, and ‘Monuments of the Everyday’ #therevolutionisamirror at the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale.

As a practicing architect, Salim believes that the responsibility of the architect is not to build confidence in the built environment but rather disrupt the apparent stasis by introducing necessary hesitation. This motivation was recently explored in his K29 Keffiyeh 001 project, where he designed the first Keffiyeh manufactured from bullet-resistant material.


Alia Bader


Alia Bader is an architect from Beirut. She graduated from the American University of Beirut Architecture program in 2016 (B.Eng/Arch. 2004). During her years at AUB, Alia was particularly concerned with exploring emerging technologies of architectural significance. Whilst a student, she also co-founded[d1]   the ArD TechLab on campus as well as regularly organising Rhino workshops for students.

Before joining BAO in 2016, Alia completed several internships locally and internationally including at Raed Abillamaa Architects (Beirut), Barbas Lopes (Lisbon), aPractice Studio (Beirut), and Lot-ek (New York City). Her academic work has already been recognised by the Dean's Creative Achievement Award awarded in 2015 and the Areen Award for Excellence in Design awarded in 2016. In November 2016, Alia was invited to attend the MIT Media Lab workshop in Dubai, UAE, in partnership with Wamda and Community Jameel.

She has been part of BAO since day one.