Sarah Jamal Naim

Sarah Jamal Naim

Los Angeles, CA, US

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ساره جمال نعيم
Arch designer and artist based in LA.

*spatial-material thinker*



Amigos de los Rios, Altadena, CA, US, Project Manager - Designer

Green infrastructure and landscape design of parks, trails, and public spaces along the LA Basin.

Responsibilities include: project management, design of set drawings, procurement of permits, and construction oversight. Coordination with engineers, contractors, fabricators, and local jurisdictions to ensure compliance with building codes, ADA, and landscaping standards.

Projects include:
Peck Road Park & Rio Hondo Trail Improvements Project, Arcadia, CA
San Gabriel River Trail Improvements Project, El Monte, CA
Altadena Mariposa Green Street Project, Altadena, CA

Jan 2020 - current

groupsports, Los Angeles, CA, US, Co-founder

Artist-run multidisciplinary design studio who make soft furniture and squishy things.

Mar 2019 - current

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA, Imagine Studio, Teaching Artist

Community-based teaching at local LAUSD elementary schools. Curriculum is based on my interest in self-directed and spatial learning pedagogies, which has been an influence in my art practice and architecture background.

Mar 2019 - current

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, US, Graduate Assistant

Martine Syms, The Five Obstructions, Spring
Martine Syms, Writings on the Wall, Fall
Harry Dodge & Martine Syms, Post-Foundations, Fall

Sep 2017 - May 2018

Najla El Zeina Studio, Beirut, Architect and Designer

Developed objects, installations and spaces with a small multidisciplinary team. I took a lead role in all phases of design, from concept to execution.

My contributions included: experimenting with materials, creating visuals and presentations, building models and prototypes, meeting with clients, collaborating with local artisans and factories, producing 3D and 2D technical drawings, and managing full production and site-installations.

-Object Series, Sensorial Brushes, exhibited at House of Today: Naked, Beirut
-Object, Sitt el Sitteit, exhibited at Heartland-Territoire D’affects, BEC, LB
-Permanent Installation, Breathing Wall, private residence, Beirut
-Installation, The Wind Portal, London Design Festival 2013, V&A Museum, UK
-Interior Design, Blessing Boutiques, Dubai, Riyadh, Bahrain, Oman, and Lebanon
-Spatial Design and Installation, Skoun Gala: 1001 Nights, La Magnanerie, Beirut
-Window Installation, Winter 2012, Piaff Boutique, Beirut, LB

Nov 2012 - Jul 2015

Imad Gemayel Architects, Beirut, LB, Project Landscape Architect

-Bassel Fleihan Memorial (urban garden), Beirut, LB
Design development for urban landscape project

Aug 2012 - Sep 2012

Desmeem, MENA Design Research Center, Beirut, Architect and Designer

Selected to co-lead a multidisciplinary design team and collaborated with local NGOs and professionals in a 3-month workshop to address the topic of creative education in Lebanon through research and design. We formed a group called Haraka: Learning in Motion, where we explored ways to make learning Arabic more fun for children by introducing it into their physical environment. We created multiple workshops and an installation at a public school in North Lebanon.

Apr 2012 - Jul 2012

Nabil Gholam Architects, Beirut, LB, Architecture Intern

-Skygate (residential tower), Beirut
Design development & execution Drawings

- SDC Headquarters for Qatar Foundation, Education City, Qatar
Design development drawings

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Polypod, Beirut, LB, Architecture Intern

-BBS Kindergarten Playground, Beirut
Concept Development and design development

-Sesame Restaurant, Beirut
Research, schematic and design development

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

Mark English Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Architecture Intern

-Woodside Residence, Woodside, CA
Schematic and design development

- The Ambassador (restaurant), San Francisco, California
Research and concept design

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008


The Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles, CA, Art

Artist-run, two-week intensive art school.

Mar 2019 - Apr 2019

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, Masters, Art

MFA in Art

Sep 2016 - May 2018

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

Sep 2005 - Jun 2011


APEAL - Maria Geagea Arida Scholarship Award, Scholarship

APEAL, a foundation based in Lebanon, supports art education by granting scholarships to a few artists each year.


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