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Kim joined 109 for a short-term project in 2014, and she’s been there ever since. Gaining the office’s trust with her obsessive organization and inherent sense of leadership, she was the architect in charge of the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) competition. Kim also worked on the development of the competition-winning Unifert project and the design of private chalets in Lebanon’s Cedar region.

In 2014, she graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA). As part of her architectural studies, Kim attended an urban analysis and architectural intervention workshop at IUAV in Venice (2012). She was also part of a Beirut workshop intended to create a dialogue between architects from different cultures.

Kim inherited her father’s passion for architecture, and an internship at the family firm honed her knowledge and skill. Although the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, she’s determined to forge her own path at 109. 

Kim Akiki


1994: Discovers a love of travel during a family backpacking adventure in Cyprus

2012: Attends a workshop at IUAV, Italy, on urban analysis and architectural intervention in Venice

2014: After graduating from ALBA, launches a freelance career focused on interior design

2014: Becomes a permanent member of the 109 Architectes team