The Vienna and Beirut based practice Najjar & Najjar was founded in 1999 by Professor Karim Najjar and Professor Rames Najjar, and is renowned for its highly original work. Its designs are not only innovative and visually striking, but also highly functional - inspired by both nature and technologies transferred from various industrial domains. Activities include designing commercial buildings, residences, bridges, interiors, and furniture. Since 2006, the practice has also been involved in yacht design and won an award for innovative yacht design concepts. The affinity to ship building is tangible throughout their body of work. The architect’s interdisciplinary design approach and their research in different fields as buoyant and kinetic structures give the architects their specific edge.
Architects Karim and Rames Najjar have also been engaged into academic activities where taught studios at all levels. Since 2014 Rames is Professor at the University of Innsbruck / Austria teaching building construction and is involved in different research projects. Currently Karim Najjar is teaching and coordinating the architectural program in the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.