Makram el Kadi / LEFT
Makram el Kadi will present the lecture "checkPOINTS and frontLINES" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1. The talk is free and open to the public. Born in Beirut in 1974, Makram el Kadi received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the American University of Beirut in 1997 and his Masters degree in architecture from Parsons School of Design in 1999. He is co-principal and co-founder of Beirut and Brooklyn based L.E.FT.
After working at the offices of Fumihiko Maki in Japan, el Kadi joined Steven Holl Architects where he was project designer on numerous international projects for 5 years, among others the World Trade Center proposal with Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman and Charles Gwathmey, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Beirut Marina project. El Kadi taught architecture with Steven Holl at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He co-taught studio and seminar at Cornell University, and taught at Yale University where he served as the Louis Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor. Currently he is co-teaching at Columbia University GSAPP.
L.E.FT’s awards include a 2010 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, 2010 Top Ten Firms by Iakov Chernikhov International Prize in Architecture, 2010 Design Vanguard from The Architectural Record magazine, 2009 Finalist for the Young Architects Program of MoMA New York, and a 2002 Young Architects Award from The Architectural League Of New York.