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Hana Kassem Recounts Her Path to Architecture at Harvard GSD

At the Future Architects of the Middle East (FAME) symposium on February 10, the KPF Principal discussed her career as an architect and the driving influences in her work.

With a design approach driven by sustainability and wellness, Hana provided insight into her career path, focusing on inspiration and evolution. Through a human-centric focus in her work, Hana examines how we affect our environment and how in turn, our built environment impacts us. She is a leader in adaptive reuse projects, including SouthWorks in Ithaca and Meta Farley in New York City, as well as academic and research facilities including CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center and HKUST(GZ).

Hana was one of three panelists representing international firms and real estate developments. She was joined by Clara Arroyave, Founder of BBC Asset Management, and Dawne David-Pierre, Director of Operations at Perkins & Will.

The event was hosted by the FAME Harvard Graduate School of Design chapter, a group dedicated to celebrating historical and modern contributions by Asian artists, activists, and architects to the global community with a focus on the Middle East. The panel was hosted from 9 to 11 AM both online and in-person at Harvard GSD at 48 Quincy St (Gund Hall) in Cambridge, MA. Register here.