Joanna Chebli

Joanna Chebli

Lidköping, SE

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I have recently completed an MA in City Design at the Royal College of Art in London. As part of the program, I visited Zurich and Hong Kong to attend seminars with local professionals, and workshops where we analyzed the different urban fabrics of each city. The masters also included a practice mentorship placement at ARUP London, which shaped my career prospects. The extensive time that I was able to commit to my education has been invaluable to my growth, and I am eager to re-enter the professional sphere and apply my newfound qualifications and knowledge. 

I have 3+ years of experience in the architecture field, including a well-rounded background in other branches, such as consultancy, graphic design and interior design. Having passed through several intermediate roles and performed diverse tasks, my abilities in decision-making and critical thinking were strengthened, along with my focused attention to detail and accuracy. In my previous role at SAS Architects, I was put in charge of a residential villa project, where I coordinated between the design and execution teams in a manner that maintained transparency and collaboration throughout the project delivery. This created a positive and trusting team spirit, even under stressful circumstances and situations of conflict. 

Considering the current challenges being faced, I decided to start a small business by the name of Pinceau, an online based company, whereby we hand-paint, personalize, and customize products based on the demand of our target audience. I am the lead content creator and product designer, responsible for the layout of our social media pages, as well as curating the items we offer and sell. It has been a wonderful experience, and can now be found on Instagram, Facebook, Etsy and Tradera, with pop up markets in Lebanon and Sweden. Being the co-founder of my personal startup has proven to be a huge advantage, as I was able to bridge the gap between the design and the consumer. I was introduced to the technicalities of business management, digital marketing and social media curation. I also became aware of identifying the various challenges and threats of running a business, as well as how to manage such circumstances.



Pinceau, Beirut, LB, Co-founder, Lead Content Creator & Product Designer

business management, client liaisons, creating designs, curating items, developing products & generating the graphic content for the instagram page

Jun 2020 - current

Sagesse Ecole Technique, Beirut, LB, Design Consultant

design and detail consultancy of the school’s renovation post the Beirut Port explosion, responsibilities included, research and class re-assessments and distribution, roof designs, painting spaces, cafeteria design, and outdoor playgrounds and landscaping.

Sep 2020 - Dec 2020

Arup, London, GB, Practice Mentorship Placement

practice mentorship program with the Urban Design team as part of my City Design studies.

Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

Malek Salameh Architects, Beirut, LB, Proposal Specialist & Freelance Architect

drafted the design proposal for a multifunction amusement park in Beirut.

Jul 2018 - Sep 2018

Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects, Beirut, LB, Architect & Interior Designer

exterior and interior design of residential and office projects in Beirut with multiple site supervisions, produced 2D renders and layouts of a graphic brochure for a development in Lagos, designed and executed an outdoor pool space for a chalet in Feitroun, and project lead and designed a private seaside residence in Batroun where I was also responsible for the BOQ, pool execution, and cooperating with a landscaping firm on an outdoor space.

Nov 2016 - Jan 2018

Malek Salameh Architects, Beirut, LB, Architectural Intern

developed and decorated plans and sections of a tower residence project in Beirut, and designed an outdoor terrace space with a bar for a residential apartment.

Jun 2016 - Nov 2016

Bernard Khoury / DW5 Architects, Beirut, LB, Architectural Intern

drafted project proposals in Beirut, produced plans and sections of a residential project in Beirut, and mapped an urban awareness project of Beirut City.

Jun 2013 - Sep 2013

Stockholm Gastropub, Beirut, LB, Design Consultant

Mar 2013 - Jun 2013

Adam & Eve Spa, Beirut, LB, Interior Architect

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012


Royal College of Art, London, GB, Masters, City Design

Sep 2018 - Feb 2020

Lebanese American University, Byblos, LB, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2011 - Jun 2016

Jesus & Mary School, Beirut, LB, High School, Life Sciences

Sep 1996 - Jun 2011

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