Guided Tours

The Arab Center for Architecture offers guided tours of the modern architectural heritage of Lebanon to local and visiting groups, schools and universities.

Different types of tours can be proposed:

  • Walks in specific neighborhoods
  • Thematic tours
  • Detailed visits of buildings/sites (such as Tripoli Fair, Starco)
  • Customized tours according to a particular interest

Volunteer architects and architecture students help the ACA team as guides.

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To book a private tour, email us

September 24, 2019

The Idea of the North, a tour by Karim Nader

The Arab Center for Architecture is organizing a guided tour by Karim Nader, around his work, untitled “ The idea of the North”, on Saturday the 24th of August 2019.

“The idea of the North” is a northbound tour of 4 residential and commercial projects built from 2013 until 2016.
GAF&Co Seeking to produce a remarkable environment for natural stones to be exhibited, GAF&CO transformed their showroom into a museum-like environment where stone will not tile any floor
Amchit Residence Disguised as a temporary renovation, steel rhythm and wood decking compose the music of a client's dream for a week-end seaside retreat.
Villa Kali The Khalils dream of a new house. They call it Villa Kali. Located by a wonderful rock formation in Mounsef, the house interprets the waves, the pebbles and the sky while it invites the horizon.
Clos du Phoenix Superimposed on an old peasant's house, the winery makes structure afloat while the tasting terrace extends all the way to the Mediterranean.

The 4 hours tour starts at 10AM in Amchit. Transportation is organized from Beirut, departure at 8:30AM.
Lunch break is either possible at Clos du Phoenix or on the way back.
Approximate arrival in Beirut: 4:30PM

Language: English

Read more here.

September 13, 2019

Anjar, ancient and modern urban history

On the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Foundation of MusaLer Anjar and the photographic exhibition “Anjar 1939-2019: Rebuilding Musa Dagh in Lebanon”, research and documentation of Anjar's town planning, curated by Vartivar Jaklian, ACA is heading to Anjar.

We will discover the exhibition presented by the curator before visiting the town. The group will also rediscover the archaeological site with Raffi Gerjian from the General Directorate of Antiquities.

Guided by: Vartivar Jaklian, architect and architectural photographer, and Raffi Gerjian, architect, restorer-archaeologist for the Ministry of culture, General Directorate of Antiquities.

Meeting point: from Beirut, a bus will be available at Sassine square and will depart at 1:30 PM
In Anjar, at the Movses Der Kaloustian Hall, Zeitlian Center at 3:00 PM
Duration: 4 hrs
Expected return time to Beirut: 8 PM
Language: English

September 7, 2019

Mountain resorts then and now, a tour with Gregory Buchakjian

The Arab Center for Architecture is organizing a guided tour by Gregory Buchakjian titled “Mountain Resorts: Then and Now”, Saturday, September 7.
Dhour Choueir and Bois de Boulogne – also known as Bolonia – were two prominent mountain summer resorts in the Metn district, overlooking the Lamartine Valley and Nahr Beirut. In the early and mid 20th century, numerous families used to spend vacations there, and thus build residences. Others chose to stay in hotels such as the Grand Hôtel Kassouf and Grand Hôtel du Bois de Boulogne. The region heavily suffered from the 1975-1990 war.
This tour will focus on three sites, each having a specific history. It will start with Grand Hotel Kassouf, a luxurious establishment in Dhour Choueir that is still abandoned – like many other buildings in the region – though its gardens regularly host events.

The second and major stop will be Villa Jabre at Bois de Boulogne.
The tour will end at the Grand Hôtel du Bois de Boulogne, a historical site that remained untouched and never stopped its operations during the war. Lunch will take place in the garden of the hotel.

Read more here.


June 29, 2019

A participatory visit to Naba’a

The Arab Center for Architecture is organizing a guided tour entitled: "A participatory visit to Naba’a" on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 9:00am
The tour is guided by Charbel Maskineh in collaboration with Hayat Fakhereldine.

Duration: 4 hrs
Languages: English-Arabic

Read more here.

June 15, 2019

3 projects by nabil gholam architects in Saifi

The Arab Center for Architecture is organizing a guided tour around 3 projects by Nabil Gholam Architects in Saifi, Saturday June 15th 2019: CMA-CGM headquarters, Foch 94 residential building, Saifi Plaza office building. The tour is guided by Joumana Arida and Tarek Zeidan from nabil gholam architects.

The tour will start at 10.00 AM and end at 12:30 PM and the language will be defined within the group.


June 1, 2019

Zokak El Blat, the Nahda district

The Arab Center for Architecture is organizing a guided tour entitled Zokak el-Blat, the Nahda district on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
The tour is guided by Liliane Barakat, geographer and professor at Saint Joseph University.

The meeting point will be at the public garden between the Mouawad museum and Zokak el Blat mosque at 9:15 AM. The tour lasts for 3 hours and the language used is French.

May 25, 2019

Renovated houses in Gemmayzeh tour with Fadlo Dagher

The Arab Center for Architecture is organizing a guided tour around 3 renovated houses in Gemmayze by Fadlallah Dagher, Saturday 25th May 2019.
The is guided by architect Fadlallah Dagher and it will last for 2-3 hours. The language will be defined with the group.

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