Maria Saadeh – Biography
PAA – Founder, Owner & General Manager
After studying the architecture in the faculty of architecture in Aleppo University (1997), Arch. Maria Saadeh gained a Diploma in Architectural Design (1998) in “historical advancement of Syrian Churches Architecture”.
In (1999), she got her DESS in ‘Conservation and Restoration of Old Monuments and Sites’ with the collaboration between Ecole Chaillot – France and Lebanese University-Tripoli.
Worked in Beirut and trained at famous architectural offices in France.
When she came back to Damascus, she established “PAA” office in 1999-2000 for architecture, interior design and restoration studies.
After involving in the practical work activities, she was continuing Doctorate study in “Contemporary Interventions in Historical Monuments and Sites” – Geneva University (2006-2010)
She taught the Architectural Design in the University of Damascus – Faculty of Architecture (2001- 2011).
She worked as Expert in the Restoration and Conservation field with General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums and many foreign archaeological missions.
In addition, in 2003-2005, she got Diploma in translation Arabic-French from LUMIERE LYON 2 UNIVERSITY-FRANCE via the French Cultural Center of Damascus. And had many courses in Project Planning and Development.
Because of her innovation works, in 2010 she started to design Furniture for famous European Furniture Production Companies. Like (RIVA industrial 1920).
“Squeeze” is the stool name that she designed with cedar wood in the collection of Riva and well presented in Cologne Fair 2011 with the other collections of stools designed by famous designers and well-known architects.
Then she tried to develop the local authentic furniture in contemporary spirit and design.
She participated and won many local and international competitions
And because of her creativity and vision, in 2011, she won the YCE, Young Creative Entrepreneur Design Award, from UK
With 22 creative designers from the entire world she was presenting in the Design Week in London as winners of the YCE Design Award.
“Proud to be Syrian” Maria Saadeh says to the Construction Week Magazine when they interviewed her as a first Syrian architect obtained this award.
When the war begun in Syria, she was elected as Syrian Parliament Member in the Syrian People’s Assembly from 2012 till 2016, where she worked in the public filed and with the Syrian active society in order to help her country.
She believes in Societies to develop and make the changes …