At tOD, we are architects with a purpose and strategists with a mission. Going beyond traditional architecture, we employ a holistic and biomimetic design approach with NATURE and PEOPLE at its core. It is architecture that is socially and environmentally engaged.
We implement regenerative strategies that improve our environment and serve as catalysts for social change. Our practice strives to create a significant positive impact, ambitiously moving the world from EGO to ECO.
We carefully explore the natural ecosystems of sites in order to devise new, innovative and sustainable living habitats – fueled by the power of biomimicry: emulating nature to devise solutions for human challenges.
we believe that truly sustainable design must not only focus on traditional energy and water conservation, but should be based on a holistic approach that combines the following areas:
Our team works consciously, responsibly and does everything with passion. We don’t follow hierarchy in our organization, and we always collaborate and learn from each other. We strive for innovation and research, and actively look for ways to reduce our footprint on the environment.
Adib Dada is the founder of theOtherDada [tOD] Regenerative Consultancy & Architecture, which mission is to activate projects across architecture, design, and art by creating unconventional links at the frontier of science. Going beyond traditional architecture, his work employs a holistic and biomimetic design approach with nature and people at its core.
As a fervent supporter of Beirut’s contemporary art scene, Adib served on the Supporting Committee of the Beirut Art Center, and sits on the Board of Tandem Works and Saja Foundation. He has been recognized in Apollo Magazine's 40 Under 40 as a Patron of the Arts in the Middle East.
Adib earned a BAr in Architecture at the American University of Beirut - Lebanon, a Master’s Degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU – USA and completed the Biomimicry graduate certificate from the Biomimicry Institute and Arizona State University.
Based on Biomimicry, theOtherDada’s work promotes a symbiotic relationship between nature and the built environment by exploring new ways of creating generous and regenerative buildings; in essence developing creative solutions that have a positive impact.
Adib was listed as one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100 for his project Beirut RiverLESS, which he initiated to implement positive urban interventions including the planting of urban native forests alongside Beirut River and in the city at large. Adib is a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Adib is firmly committed to the UN Decade of Action, engaged on rewilding the city and reclaiming public space by planting Miyawaki native forests in urban landfills.
“We have grown together as a firm around a culture of conversation and an appreciation of dialogue. Everyone should feel comfortable to share their ideas, from owner to intern. Relationships are crucial to everything we do. How we work with each other, with clients, builders and artisans, is what defines us”
Sarah is a Landscape Architect and project manager. She obtained her degree from the American University of Beirut. Her passion and understanding of the natural environment drives her to act as nature’s advocate in all projects. Sarah has professional experience in research, art, design, construction and horticulture in the MENA region, Eastern Europe and SouthEast Asia. She works with different climates, floras and scales towards more resilient and healthier cities.
Kevin is an environmental architect and activist. He studied at l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, then did his Master specialization in Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia- IAAC in Barcelona. Moreover, he did a research program on waste from construction and mycelium and worked on many environmental campaigns for NGOs, communities and companies.
Sirène is a Landscape Architect and forest maker. She graduated with a BLA from the American University of Beirut. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, studying in Lebanon, and taking part in projects in different countries, she draws her inspiration from the various environments that she experiences. She is an environmental and social activist restoring and promoting the use of public and green spaces in cities.
Yasmina is an Environmental Architect and creative thinker. She studied Architecture at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, before travelling to Barcelona to complete her Masters in Advanced Architecture. She later had the chance to develop her thesis at the Autodesk technology center in Boston. Yasmina's work focuses on the environment in architecture and the ability of buildings to react to climate and local challenges.