Jala Makhzoumi is adjunct professor of landscape architecture, American University of Beirut, president of the Lebanese Landscape Association, co-founder of UNIT44 Consultancy offering services in architecture, landscape architecture, ecological planning. In her practice, research and teaching, she explores place and culture responsive, ecologically sensitive and community driven solutions. Her areas of expertise include ecological planning, landscape heritage conservation, post-conflict recovery and sustainable urban greening. Jala serves on the editorial board of several journals, she co-authored Ecological Landscape Design and Planning: the Mediterranean context (Spon, 1999) and The Right to Landscape, contesting landscape and human rights, (Ashgate, 2012). Jala studied architecture in Baghdad, received her Master in Environmental Design, Yale University, and PhD in landscape architecture, Sheffield University. In 2019 she received the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2021 the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award 2021 for her outstanding contribution to education and practice.
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