The international design competition for Lebanese origin architects launches October 1,
2015 with a Jury headed by Lord Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize
(Beirut/New York) October 1, 2015 – The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition
of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) is pleased to announce the launch of a design
competition for a new modern and contemporary art museum in the heart of Beirut,
Situated on a historic and symbolic site across from the National Museum in the
Achrafieh district of Beirut, the museum is one of the most significant developments for
Lebanese art and culture in a generation. The yet-to-be-named museum is envisioned
as a multidisciplinary hub of art and design dedicated to showcasing modern and
contemporary Lebanese culture. Set to open in 2020, its collections and program are
being developed with the aim of bringing together diverse populations and narratives
from the region and beyond. While located on a site owned by Université Saint-Joseph
in Beirut, the museum will retain an independent governance structure.
APEAL, known for its leadership as an international platform promoting arts and culture
from Lebanon, seeks an innovative architectural design dedicated to its core mission of
nurturing and promoting art from Lebanon and the Lebanese diaspora, both regionally
and within an international context. The competition is open to architects of Lebanese
origin practicing either in Lebanon or abroad.
The independent jury of renowned international and regional experts, chaired by Lord
Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, includes Zaha Hadid, Hans
Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Rodolphe Khoury, Lamia Joreige, and Fares Al
, in addition to representatives from APEAL and Université Saint-Joseph.
The finalist will be an exceptional architect who identifies with the project values and
understands the significance of designing a cultural institution in the current urban,
social, economic and political context of the country and region. The call to architects
entails two stages:
Stage One: Request for Qualifications (RFQ), open to all architects of Lebanese
origin working in Lebanon or abroad. Based on the submissions to this RFQ, a
short list of up to ten architects will be established. The online submission
template can be found here:
The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 4 January 2016, at 6pm [Beirut
standard time; GMT+2 hours].
Stage Two: Shortlisted architects will be invited to participate in a
comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) to envision strategies for the site
and develop a concept scheme design for the museum, along with technical and
commercial elements.
The winning proposal will be selected in Fall 2016.
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This is the first of many exciting announcements on the ongoing museum project. In the
coming months the museum will announce its official name, details about its collections
and programming, and its curatorial staff. The search for the museum’s founding
director is currently underway.
Notes to Editors:

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) is a
non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and encouraging Lebanese artists by
projecting their artwork beyond conventional borders and onto a larger screen. One of
APEAL’s goals is to create a common platform and magnet for creativity by presenting
eclectic collections gathered from a universe of gifted visual, literary or performing
APEAL strives to be a point of connection in vital cultural conversations between
civilizations. Composed of Lebanese and international members from around the world,
the group envisions launching exchange programs between artists from the Lebanese
scene and counterparts elsewhere, from universities and art academies. It is dedicated
to granting scholarships to promising talent, and contributing to the formation of
trained curators and professionals to help put them on a par with their peers the world
over. By creating this window, APEAL is helping nurture the seeds of Lebanon’s artistic
potential and preserving its cultural fabric in a vibrant, forward-looking post-conflict
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