Annabel Karim Kassar is a French-Lebanese architect and designer. She attended the School of Architecture (Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris) and graduated DPLG. Founder of AKK Architects with offices in Beirut, Dubai and London, it has developed masterplans; commercial, cultural and historical residential buildings; and interiors for office spaces, bars, clubs and restaurants using its unique furniture and lighting collections. “My openness to culture, tradition and innovation, rather than a signature ‘look’ or style, project me into working on varied, new projects. Like anything new or innovative, I am partly inspired by what came before. I am intrigued by transforming tradition and memory into contemporary designs and I am not afraid of doing things differently”. Annabel Karim Kassar has won awards for large-scale, public installations including ‘Mezzing in Lebanon’, the Pavilion of Lebanon installation won 1st prize at London Design Biennale 2016 and ‘Camera Chiara’ at Milan Design Week 2015. The studio’s Al Zorah Pavilion won an Iconic Award in 2015 and a German Design Award in 2016.