Salim Al-Kadi is an architect from Beirut, Lebanon. He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut (B.Arch 2004) and Columbia University (M.Sc. 2006). In 2009 he co-founded ‘APractice Studio” in Beirut which has completed multiple projects including the celebrated MINA 1394 office building. In parallel, Salim is a senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut since 2011.
Since 2014 he has been involved in SIGIL, a collective involving Khaled Malas, Alfred Tarazi and Jana Traboulsi. Together they have completed ‘excavating the sky’ a project on Syria commissioned by and exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘current power in Syria’ exhibited at the 6th Marrakech Art Biennale. In 2016, they exhibited ‘Monuments of the Everyday’ #therevolutionisamirror at the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale.
As a practicing architect, Salim believes that the responsibility of the architect is not to build confidence in the built environment but rather disrupt this apparent stasis, and introduce a necessary hesitation. This was explored in his K29 Keffiyeh 001 project, where he designed the first Keffiyeh made using bullet resistant material.
Since June 2016, Salim has co-founded BAO, an architecture office that continues his exploration of design across multiple scales and mediums.