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PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal

Hala El Akl, OEAL

Senior Associate Partner


Hala is a Senior Associate Partner at PLP and an urban designer with knowledge of planning issues in Europe and the Middle East, and with specific experience in London, Abu Dhabi, Beirut and Paris working on a range of analytical studies and urban design strategies that address the preservation of local heritage and the integration of new buildings into the urban fabric.


Since completing her Master of Science degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics in 2009, Hala has been involved in developing and contributing to the studio’s urban design, master planning and architecture projects, including concept design, design codes, guidelines, typologies and prototypes, spatial branding strategies, detailed planning applications and presentations to local authorities.


Projects include the award-winning concept masterplan for N+ Fashion City in Ningbo, China; the Qatar City Masterplan and the Training and Education zone, for which she led the submission for LEED ND Neighbourhood Development certification; and the theme guide that sets the premise for a unified masterplan and architecture for the New Port Project in Doha, Qatar. She leads a residential-led concept masterplan in Lebanon and has contributed to guidelines and typology design for the residential district of the Arzanah masterplan in Abu Dhabi. Earlier feasibility studies and competitions include a mixed-use development for Le Linéa at La Défense in Paris and masterplans for the University of Montpellier in France and for Nieuw Zuid in Antwerp.


In London, Hala’s work includes architecture projects and feasibility studies in the City of London and Westminster, including a mixed-use development in Covent Garden, and the master plan of a part of one of the capital’s historic estates which will reinstate a renowned residential quarter and form an attractive retail-led destination.


Prior to receiving her MSc in urban planning at LSE, Hala graduated with a Master in Territorial and Urban Strategies from the International University Sciences Po in Paris in 2008 and a Bachelor of Architecture (distinction) and Social Sciences from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 2007. She is a member of the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut and the Urban Land Institute ULI London Young Leaders Group.

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