Iyad Abou Gaida

Iyad Abou Gaida

New York, NY, US

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Iyad Abou Gaida is a Lebanese architect, curator, and researcher. Prior to being a design researcher at Terreform ONE in New York, he worked for offices based in Tokyo and Beirut. Iyad's research engages ecologies of human and non-human beings to address aesthetic and socio-political urgencies for architecture and urbanism across dimensions and geographies. Iyad is a Co-founder of "EcoRove: Shifting territories and the displaced," a collaborative project that studies living beings in the Critical Zone. He was awarded the 2020 visual art grant from the Arab Foundation for Arts and Culture to research Lebanese cedar trees and the impact of the climate crisis on their biology, landscapes, migration, history, and cultural identity. Iyad received his B.Arch from Lebanese American University and his M.S Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia GSAPP.


Terreform ONE, Brooklyn, NY, US, Research Fellow

.Collaborated on design/ research of bio-diverse facade systems for multi-species cohabitation.
.Tasks: research, design, and fabrication.

Feb 2020 - current

Tatami, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

.Collaborated on the design of a kit of part architecture system.
.Tasks: research and development, proof of concept, construction documents, schematic design, design development, and exhibition material.

Aug 2019 - Jan 2020

Rana Samara Jubayli, Beirut, LB, Architect, Consultant

.Collaborated on municipality complex of Debeyeh
.Tasks: schematic design, architectural design, and
permit drawings.

Feb 2018 - May 2018

LEFT, Beirut, LB, Architect, Consultant

.Collaborated on 3D model and interior details for a private villa.

Jul 2017 - Jan 2018

Karim Nader Studio, Beirut, LB, Architect

.Collaborated on the design of a furniture plant as part of the
“TRK lab” competition, Gazebo House, and a mixed-use building
.Tasks: project architect, schematic design, architectural design, and construction drawings.

Sep 2016 - Jun 2017

Yatsu Chahal Architects, Tokyo, JP, Architect, Consultant

.Collaborated on the Beirut Museum of Art competition, which was
shortlisted among 12 architectural offices.
.Tasks: site analysis, schematic design, model making, and
architectural design

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Advanced Architectural Design

May 2018 - May 2019

Lebanese American University, Byblos, LB, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2011 - May 2016

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