Mazen Haidar is a conservation architect who graduated from La Sapienza, Rome, first with an MA in Architecture in 2005, followed by an MA in Historic Building Conservation in 2009. His ongoing Ph.D. project at Paris 1 – La Sorbonne deals with the history of residential buildings in Beirut and practices of appropriation of architecture from the “modern movement”.
A practising architect, he is currently involved in several conservation projects in Lebanon. Has taught in several Academic institutions such as the Lebanese American University (LAU), the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) where he was associate director of the Architecture School from 2013 to 2017.
Regularly contributes articles on architecture and culture to a number of national newspapers and journals. His many publications include: Città e memoria, Beirut, Berlino, Sarajevo (Milan: Bruno Mondadori, 2006) and the Arabic novel Four steps down (Dar Al Adab, 2017).