Joe Bitar

Joe Bitar joined 4b Architects as Managing Partner in 2011 focusing initially on international projects. Drawing upon his collaborative approach to design, his work covers diverse projects in different regions of the world including the LEED-designed Princess Noura University in Riyadh, Eko Hotel Tower 2 in Lagos and Lighting Masterplan of the City of Beirut. More recently, his interest has centered on the Najran Conference Center, the renovation and extension of Red Cross Headquarters in Beirut and the renewal Harissa Public Spaces.

Joe Bitar graduated in 1999 from Saint-Luc School of Architecture - Brussels with a diploma in Architecture. In 1998, his housing's project Epine Dorsale was awarded for Europan 4. He also holds a DEA in Paysage & Projet Urbain from the Lille School of Architecture (France) in 2000 and has completed a Master in Management at the Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics (ESTP) - Paris, in 2001.

After starting his career at ASSAR on projects in Brussels and Luxembourg, he joined Oger International’s head office in Paris in 2001 as Design Principal for large scale projects as National Security Headquarters in Riyadh, Ritz Carlon Hotel and Conference Center in Jeddah, and King Abdallah University of Science and Technology - KAUST in Thuwal, KSA.

From 2009 till 2011. he was appointed to set up and manage Oger International Beyrouth, a 200-employee's  subsidiary of Oger International in Lebanon.

In 2019, he founded the School of Architecture of Saint Joseph University, "Ecole d'Architecture" (ECAR), where he was assigned as Director and Associate Professor till 2022. Surrounded by a team of skilled academics, he implemented a contemporary architecture educational program based on best international academic approaches combined to the requirements of local architectural practice and regional context.

A passionate architect who combines the values of environmental and operational integrity with a broad international exposure ; he remains a tireless advocate on issues of sustainability and an active participant in grassroots efforts supporting architecture and urban development in his native Lebanon.