Joseph Rustom

Born in Beirut in 1975. Master of Architecture from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. Master of Advanced Studies in the Preservation of Archaeological Sites and Monuments from the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg in 2001. Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Archaeology from the François Rabelais University in Tours in 2004. Doctoral Degree in Urban Planning from the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in 2016 with a thesis on the impact of religious endowments on urban projects in Late Ottoman and French Mandate Beirut. Fellow of the Saint Joseph University - Beirut in the framework of the research project Atlas of the Religious Spaces of Lebanon. Fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien – Berlin in the framework of the research project Global Prayers: Redemption and Liberation in the City. Lecturer in cultural heritage studies at the School of Architecture of the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts since 2003.

Between 2000 and 2008, conservation architect successively at Youssef Haidar Architects and Dagher, Hanna, and Partners Architects where he managed several conservation and rehabilitation projects, among them the Omari Mosque, the American University Archaeological Museum in Beirut, and the Soap Museum in Saida.


Research project: Unsettled modernities: Armenian refugee settlements in French mandate Beirut (1920–1940)



Rustom, Joseph: Of Halal Architectures and Consensus Democracies: A Personal Account of the Rehabilitation of Places of Worship in Postwar Beirut, in: Froschauer, Eva Maria et al. (Hg.): Vom Wert des Weiterbauens. Konstruktive Lösungen und kulturgeschichtliche Zusammenhänge, Basel/Berlin 2020, pp. 55–66.

Rustom, Joseph: Unsettled Modernities. Armenian Refugee Settlements in French Mandate Beirut (1923–43), in: Kilper, Heiderose (Hg.): Migration und Baukultur. Transformation des Bauens durch individuelle und kollektive Einwanderung, Basel 2019, pp. 115–129.

Rustom, Joseph. 2017. "Mardiros Altounian (1889-1958): un architecte éclectique." In Les arméniens du Liban: Cent ans de présence, edited by Christine Babikian Assaf, Carla Eddé, Lévon Nordiguian, and Vahé Tachjian. Beirut: Presses de l’Université Saint Joseph.

Rustom, Joseph. 2017. "Mar Challita Mouqbes: Etude architecturale." In Deux monastères du Mont Liban: Mar Challita et Mar Sha’ya – Histoire et architecture, edited by Lévon Nordiguian. Beirut: Editions de l’Université Saint Joseph.

Rustom, Joseph. 2014. "Beyrouth et ses urbanistes: Une ville en plans (1946-1975) d’Eric Verdeil." Tempora: Annales d’histoire et d’archéologie (20): 303-11.

Rustom, Joseph. 2013. "Multireligious Societies and the Right to the City: The Case of the Mosque of al-Khandaq al-Ghamiq in Beirut." In Global Prayers: Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City, edited by Jochen Becker, Kathrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz, and Kathrin Wildner. Zürich: Lars Müller Publishers.

Rustom, Joseph, and Paola Yacoub. 2013. O Syria! Hamburg: Adocs Verlag.

Rustom, Joseph. 2012. "L'espace urbain de Bayrut Al-Qadima et ses habitants vers 1860 à travers un registre du waqf sunnite." Chronos (25): 143-191.

Rustom, Joseph 2011. "Conceiving Places of Worship in Postwar Beirut." MetroZones.