American University of Beirut




Jala Makhzoumi is adjunct professor of landscape architecture, American University of Beirut, co-founder and president, Lebanese Landscape Association, founding partner of UNIT44 that explores place and culture responsive, ecologically sensitive and community driven design solutions. Her areas of expertise include ecological planning, landscape heritage conservation, post-conflict recovery and sustainable urban greening. Jala is recipient of the 2021 International Federation of Landscape Architecture Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award for her outstanding contribution to education and practice. In 2019 she received the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Jascha Rohr is a philosopher, co-founder and managing director of the Institute for Participatory Design, and founder of the Cocreation Foundation. Jascha is a visionary process artist, practical intellectual and thinking activist. He is driven by the question of why we as human beings are the only species capable of destroying our own basis of life. Jascha is looking for ways to turn our individual and collective potential into positive pathways towards a better future by learning to be creative together, or simply put: cocreative. As cocreatives, we can succeed in shaping the great transformation that lies ahead if we want to live in peace, freedom and ecological health and abundance with 10-12 billion people on this earth.To this end, he is further developing approaches such as Participatory Design, Cocreation, Governance Design and the Field-Process-Theory.


Julie Weltzien is a landscape architect and currently, a Project Manager for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Agrarian Landscapes (funded by the International Climate Initiative, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, BMUV implemented in India, Kenya, and Tajikistan), in GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH). She grew up in Germany, Lebanon, and Syria and studied Landscape Architecture in Berlin, Hannover, and Edinburgh. She worked as an assistant professor at the American University of Beirut and later realized DAAD funded stay in Berlin, Hybrid Platform (subject: landscape choreography). In 2014 she Joined GIZ Jordan and was a Project Manager for the Improvement of Green Infrastructure in Jordan through Labour Intensive Measures, funded by the Special Initiative on Forced Displacement, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Ministry of Environment, Jordan.

She has a special interest in human–landscape interaction and relationships.


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