Hussam Khoury

Hussam Khoury

Amman, JO

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My name is Hussam Khoury. I am a former Arizona State University graduate in Tempe, Arizona. I’ve acquired a Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Urban Design. My understanding of architecture is its part of a bigger whole, in this case, architectures’ interconnectedness with urbanism, which make up the environment in which we all live in and operate from.

I began my journey in the Deserts of Arizona, and then moved to the Jordan Desert to pursue my professional career on an international basis. Due to this transition, I have always found it important to research and adapt to the surrounding environment. I believe as architects & urban designers, we have a responsibility to design and construct spaces with integrity. We must build sustainably to enhance our environment and allow us to create habitable authentic spaces.

During my academic years at Arizona State University, I began my career with SKD, Inc Architects to understand the practicality of the architectural profession. To gain knowledge of design adaptation of different surroundings to create the “authentic,” I decided to live + study in Buenos Aires, Argentina to complete my architecture and urban design theses. This experience allowed me to stretch my boundary and work with the interior, an interior architecture firm based in Amman, Jordan during my college years after my academic work in Argentina. All of these experiences have allowed me to work on both the micro scale of architectural design, and the macro scale of the overall urban context. Completing both my Thesis in Architecture and Thesis in Urban Design in Argentina, has enabled me to fuse theory and reality to bring ingenuity to design. This has led me to work at Dar Al-Handasah, an internationally renowned Design firm with experience at their Amman, Beirut, Dubai, & Qatar Design Offices.

I believe that throughout my journey of life, academically & professionally, I have acquired the skills, knowledge, and sensitivities needed in the fields of Architecture and Urban Design. I would like the opportunity to continue this journey as part of your team.

I am a determined individual with strong work ethic and I am confident that I will succeed in my professional and personal endeavors to make a positive contribution to your firm as a whole.


Hussam Khoury

Arizona State University

Master of Architecture '12

Master of Urban Design '12

GSAS Certified



Dar Al Handasah Shair and Partners, Amman, JO, Group Leader

To maintain a driven leadership, maintaining my eagerness to contribute dynamic architectural designs through creative conceptualization skills & project management within a progressive design environment.

>> Dubai Design Workshop with P+W Design Principle David Hansen for BANK AL ETIHAD TOWER Concept & Schematic Design Package [2 mos base DAR Dubai, U.A.E].
>> Efficiently held design coordination & implementation meetings with other disciplines across offices [Jordan, Beirut, & Dubai]
>> Solid understanding of project work scope, magnitude, & importance of continuous interdisciplinary collaboration for high quality results.
>> Architectural professional with practical & theoretical experience in a wide array of design environments; residential, commercial, hospitality & mixed use.
>> Urban Design Professional with qualitative understanding of master planning & developing typologies.
>> Exceptional ability to research & evaluate industry trends & products to define strategic design plans.
>> Dynamic visual & verbal communication, presentation, & problem solving skills.
>> Solid strategic planning, prioritization, organization, & time management abilities under stringent deadlines.
>> Strong customer service skills, able to identify client needs & ensure high levels of satisfaction.
>> Extensive skills in Adobe Professional, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, & Microsoft Office Suite.
>> Intermediate Revit, AutoCAD, & Sketchup skills, with beginner Rhino experience.
>> Adept in visualizing & developing projects through 3-dimensional representations including Revit & Sketchup.

>> Projects include:
> BANK AL ETIHAD TOWER-Amman, Jordan | Concept & Design Development [DAR Dubai+Amman]
> YASMEEN CITY RESIDENCES-Doha, Qatar |Design Development & Construction
> THE RESIDENCE-Amman, Jordan |Concept & Design Development
> HIGH PROFILE SECURITY BUILDING-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Concept & Design Development

Jan 2015 - current

Dar Al Handasah Shair and Partners, Dubai, AE, Project Architect

Dar Dubai Design Office workshop Collaborations with P+W Principle Davis Hansen.

>> Dubai Design Workshop with P+W Design Principle David Hansen for the AJMAN MARINA Schematic Design Package [3 mos base DAR Dubai, U.A.E].
>> Dubai Design Workshop with P+W Design Principle David Hansen for 4 STAR HOTEL Schematic Design located in KSA [1 mos base DAR Dubai, U.A.E].
>> Ability to define, develop, & target the design requirements for proper project execution to gain high levels of satisfaction.
>> Effectively define, develop, & implement targeted design action plans to maximize team’s productivity, efficiency, & quality.
>> Extensive skills in site analysis & construction documents preparation for diverse commercial, retail & residential projects.

>> Projects include:
> AJMAN MARINA LIVE+WORK-Ajman, Dubai, U.A.E |Concept & Design Development [DAR Dubai]
> 4 STAR HOTEL-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia| Concept & Design Development [DAR Dubai+Amman]
> SALAHADDIN UNIVERSITY – College of Science and Education labs & College of Engineering Specialty labs- Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq | Design Development
> ABRAJ KUDAI HOTEL COMPLEX- Mecca, Saudi Arabia |Design Development

Jan 2014 - Dec 2014

Dar Al Handasah Shair and Partners, Amman, JO, Architectural Designer

Dar Beirut Design Office workshop Collaborations.

>> Beirut Design Workshop for the KING ABDULLAH MOSQUE Design Development Package submittal [3 mos base DAR Beirut, Lebanon].
>> Client meetings via skype & in person when necessary at Amman & Beirut Design office in Lebanon with HoK for THE EXCHANGE [3 mos base DAR Beirut, Lebanon].
>> Progressive preparation of construction drawings, design details, LOD’s, Door, Area, & Finish Schedules.
>> Extensive skills in design development, conceptualization, research & presentation under stringent deadlines.

>> Projects include:
> THE EXCHANGE MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT- Accra, Ghana|Concept & Design Development [HoK Collaboration]
> KING ABDULLAH MOSQUE-Mecca, Saudi Arabia | Design Development [DAR Beirut]
> MOVENPICK AMBASSADOR HOTEL- Accra, Ghana |Design & Supervision
> INT’L CONVENTION CENTRE- Madinah, Saudi Arabia |Design & Supervision
> SECURITY FORCES MEDICAL CENTER RESIDENCES- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia |Design Development

Oct 2012 - Dec 2013

the interior, Design Architect

> Efficiently analyzed, communicated, & completed assigned tasks throughout seasonal demands to ensure firm productivity, efficiency, & profitability via email, skype, & country visits when necessary.
> Designed & detailed drawings for residential & commercial design development projects: BHS stores, Umniah mobile lounge, Hamley's Toy Store, & Cozmo shopping center.
> Provided substantial communication & presentation skills to overseas clients through online broadcasting to adhere & explain project updates to maximize client satisfaction.
> Utilized Sketchup & Rhino for v-ray to exemplify spatial qualities to the client & the interior designer.

Jan 2009 - Aug 2011

SKD, Scottsdale, AZ, US, Intern

> Conceptualization & development of retail shop storefront design typologies.
> Captured solid understanding of diverse architectural design strategies,concepts & techniques through on-site project visits for in-progress & pre-construction sites.
> Construction document preparation for both commercial & residential design projects.
> Utilizing sketchup & AutoCAD for design development & visualization.

May 2008 - Oct 2008


Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US, Masters, Master of Urban Design

Urban Design Studies with a completed thesis in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Aug 2009 - Aug 2012

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Architectural Studies with a completed thesis in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Aug 2009 - May 2012

La Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, AR, Architecture & Urban Design

Study + Live Abroad to complete both theses for both the Master Of Architecture Degree & Master Of Urban Design Degree.

A Micro and Macro Scale Project was collaborated with Architect Claudio Vekstein. An Architecture Thesis Project within the city's urban context was studied for my MARCH, while the urban context surrounding the Architecture Thesis project became my Urban Design Thesis.

Jun 2011 - Dec 2011

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor's of Science in Architecture

Aug 2005 - May 2009


PetsMart Greenbuild Doghouse Competition, Nomination

To design a future doghouse to be produced using efficient, flexible, and sustainable materials while accompanying the comfort of a dog in a variety of places and environments.


SuckerPunchDaily Magazine Publication, Award

Experimentation of graphical algorithmic technique using parametric design by utilizing Grasshopper as a plug in tool for Rhino to be able to design and program the spatial sequence produced as a public entity.


AA FAB AWARD, 1st Place

A Design Build studio group project under the direction of Jason Griffiths creating a temporary shade/vendor structure constructed out of recycled political campaign signs.


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