Salim Al Kadi is an architect from Lebanon. He graduated from the American University of Beirut and completed his graduate studies at Columbia University. In 2009 he co-founded APractice Studio, and later Beirut Architecture Office, where he completed multiple projects including the celebrated MINA 1394 office building in central Beirut. Since 2011, he has been a part-time senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Architecture and Graphic Design.
In 2014 Salim co-founded an art collective called Sigil in which they completed projects including ‘Excavating the Sky’ exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Current Power in Syria’ exhibited at the 2016 Marrakech Art Biennale, ‘#therevolutionisamirror’ at the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, and 'Birdsong' for Broken Nature at the XXII Triennale di Milano in 2019. In 2016 Salim produced ‘K29 Keffiyeh’, which he exhibited in New York’s Museum of Modern Art as part of the ‘Items: Is Fashion Modern?’ exhibit. In October 2018, K29 Keffiyeh 002 was acquired by MoMA for its permanent collection.
Salim currently lives in Beirut. In January 2020, Salim offered publicly and open-source for free download ‘Beirut 001’, as the first digital 3D model of Beirut - “a preliminary tool to collectively re-imagine our city”. Since the Beirut Port Explosion on August 4th, it has been utilized by first aid responders, students and professionals alike, including ARUP, Forensic Architecture, and Rice University’s Spatial Lab.