Lara Zakhem

Lara Zakhem

London, GB



My name is Lara Zakhem, I newly graduated from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon with a Bachelor in Architecture and a Minor in Psychology, and I am currently available for work. 

I was born in New York and raised in Beirut. I studied in a French schooling system and attended an American College. I spent a semester in Rome and did various internships in London, Milan and Beirut. I was therefore influenced by several architectural styles, and in the process became fluent in English, French, Arabic and Italian. 

Throughout my internships, I participated in projects that ranged in scale and development phases, mostly creating residential, cultural, and transportation infrastructures. I learned AutoCAD, Revit, Grasshopper, Rhino, SketchUp, and the Adobe Suite, as well as photography and 3D printing that I try to continuously reinforce by attending various workshops. 

I am very eager to start my career as an architect. I am highly motivated to pursue my post-graduation architectural education in the US, and I don't need any visa sponsorship!



Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates, Beirut, LB, Intern

• Worked on model making of 600 000 m2 project in Bordeaux, France (Winner of international competition)
• Worked on model making of villas in Faqra, Lebanon and villa compound in Rabieh, Lebanon

Jan 2013 - Jan 2013

DW5. Bernard Khoury architects, Beirut, LB, Intern

• Worked on the design of a building in Lebanon and the interior design of an apartment in Lebanon
• Worked on design concepts and execution drawings
• Software: Rhino, Photoshop and AutoCAD

Jul 2012 - Jul 2012

Pascall+Watson Architects, London, GB, Intern

• Worked on the design of a hotel next to the Kotoka Airport in Accra, Ghana. Responsible for all project phases.
• Software: Learned to use SketchUp and exposed to Rhino

Aug 2011 - Aug 2011

Studio di Architettura Terzaghi – Buildings Designers and Planners, Milan, IT, Intern

• Worked on the execution drawings of a competition for a hospital in Barcelona, Spain
• Exposed to the paperwork and legal documentation
• Software: Learned to use Revit and Photoshop

Jul 2011 - Jul 2011

Blampied and Partners Ltd, Areen Group, London, GB, Intern

• Worked on the design of a building and a house in London
• Drafted a mansion’s construction drawings on AutoCAD 3D
• Reviewed Design documents and drawings

Aug 2010 - Aug 2010

Design Consultants Ltd., London, GB, Intern

• Worked on the design a seven-bedroom house
• Exposed to the development of construction documents
• Spent a day on site with architects, surveyors, mechanical and electrical engineers

Jul 2010 - Jul 2010


American University of Beirut, Beirut, LB, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor in Architecture
• BA expected in 2014
• Overall GPA: 79/100
• Relevant Coursework: Design, Technical Drawing, Urbanism, Building Construction, Building Services, Engineer Management, Structure, Lighting Design, Surveying
Minor in Psychology
• Course Average: 80/100
• Relevant Coursework: Intro to Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Adult Abnormal Psychology

Sep 2008 - Jun 2014

Cornell University, Rome, IT, Semester Abroad

Semester abroad
• Relevant Coursework: Design studio, Photography, Art history, Theory of Architecture

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

Grand Lycee Franco Libanais, Beirut, LB, High School, Baccalaureate

• French Baccalaureate - Biology and science section

Sep 1994 - Jun 2008

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