WHO WE ARE 
D4C (Design for Communities NGO) is an associated foundation based in Vienna and Beirut that brings together designers and professionals from a variety of backgrounds to engage in community projects in different countries. The interdisciplinary platform connects architects, landscape & urban designers, planners, environmental, climate, mechanical & civil engineers through a diverse portfolio of projects operating at the highest levels of innovation in the field.
OUR MISSION

The creation of sustainable, green, and healthy environments is our main priority. Designers at D4C shoulder this responsibility to create a better future by actively engaging in the sustainable development of cities, settlements & neighborhoods across the region.

D4C is also dedicated to sharing design expertise in service of the education of students and other beneficiaries as a means of maximizing the sustainability of its impact. Through the advocacy of a participatory process that both engages and encourages locals, community members are empowered through the recovery and reconstruction of their futures.

OUR VISION

With the vision of elevating the quality of life in neglected and marginalized communities, D4C works in tandem with locals to develop environmentally conscious and sustainable designs. Such engagement works to preserve the nature and livelihoods of present and future generations.

Provide spaces & facilities for a sustainable development of neglected communities
Develop projects that foster social solidarity
Help to preserving the culture & heritage of the community
Engage in nature preservation projects
Increase the quality of life in marginalized communities
Educate students & young professionals in the field of community service
Empower disadvantaged groups to become agents of change in their local communities
OUR METHODOLOGY

The D4C platform adopts an action-oriented research approach within a professional framework to engage in relief and reconstruction projects. By addressing and intervening in areas of conflict, D4C acts as a catalyst for sustainable development of relief structures and reconstruction in order to improve the lives of some of the country’s most marginalized communities.

The D4C initiative applies substantial knowledge and expertise in architecture, heritage preservation, landscape and urban design, sustainability, and civil engineering to create innovative solutions capable of specifically addressing the challenges posed by migration, displacement, and reconstruction.

The experimental nature of D4C is its source of strength in that research, innovation, and exploration in the field inform the innovativeness of its interventions. Through its involvement in academia D4C is also able to organize workshops for students and young professionals as a means of engaging enthusiastic young architects and engineers with authorities in the field looking to address some of the most pressing social and cultural issues of our time. This encourages sustainable project development within a participatory process that directly engages beneficiaries and locals alike.

OUR ROADMAP

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Research begins with a comprehensive survey of the marginalized community in question and a thorough understanding of the context within which it exists. D4C is able to develop relevant design strategies and sustainable solutions for the issues at hand through this rigorous dedication to research. The platform concerns itself with the design and exploration of innovative strategies that draw on local vernacular design while also engaging the technical expertise of the team. Thorough data analysis, simulations, material testing, and prototype fabrication inform the application of D4C’s cost-efficient and ecologically respectful relief efforts. Learn More

DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION

D4C is engaged in the design and implementation of community-based projects such as schools, libraries, vocational centers, and medical clinics in service of neglected and marginalized communities. Projects work to limit the effects of conflict and disaster, restore and rehabilitate architectural heritage, and aid in the protection of the natural environment. To bring these projects to life, D4C teams up with NGOs and international agencies as well as local and national authorities and educational institutions. D4C takes on the responsibility of design and implementation through the solicitation of projects, the preparation of the brief, and the acquisition of funding while also bringing together professionals, specialists, and scholars across a variety of fields.

MEET THE TEAM
KARIM
NAJJAR

President

RAMES
NAJJAR

Vice President

AHMAD NOURELDINE

Secretary

MOHAMAD NAZAR

Treasurer

SARAH RITA KATTAN

Executive Director

RASHA
HAIDAR

Communication Officer

BATOUL CHAHINE

Architect Intern

ZEIN ALI AHMAD

Content Creator

KARIM
NAJJAR

President

RAMES
NAJJAR

Vice President

AHMAD NOURELDINE

Secretary

MOHAMAD NAZAR

Treasurer

SARAH RITA KATTAN

Executive Director

RASHA
HAIDAR

Communication Officer

BATOUL CHAHINE

Architect Intern

ZEIN ALI AHMAD

Content Creator

2016

BETINA ABI HABIB
NATASHA BOU AKL
ANDREA COMAIR
MOHAMAD DEEB
JOSEPH EL JADAM
TINA NAJJAR

2017

FAYSAL YATIM
OMAYA MALAEB
TAHA BARAZY
SOUHA BOU MATAR
MOHAMAD NAHLEH
NIRVANA KOBEISSI
LEEN NADAR
LANA BARAKEH
OMAR DARWICHE
NELLA ABI KHALIL

2018

LINDA YACHOUI
MARIBEL ZOUGHAIB
FARAH GHALAYINI
GHIDA BSAT
HIBA ITANI
MIRA EL HAJJ
LINA AKKAWI
SALAMEH ABLA
RAWAN KOUSSAM
SALEM CHAMIYYA
ALI KHANSA
SALMA SAMAR SAMLUJI
DIMA EL AYACHE
TALA FARAJ
DINA ABOU SALEH
TALA KHATIB
NINA MATRAGI

2019

YOUMNA FATTAL
ISSA NOUREDDINE
LINA BEDDA
MICHELLE NOH
RAJENNY MERHEB
NOUR ABDEL BAKI
MARIA EL KHATIB
LEA SAAD
CYNTHIA DEEB
SARAH EL HAROUNY
JULIA SAAB
ELIAS CHAMOUN
ZEINA CHAMSEDDINE

2020

HALA AL TAHER
OMAR AYACHE

NOURA BISSAT
SIRENA CHAMMAA EL RIFAI
SARAH EL HAROUNY
NOUR GHOSN
WIAAM HADDAD
BASHEER HEJAL
LAURE JABER
YARA MORTADA
HIBA RACHIDI
NOUR RAMADAN
LEAH MARY RASSIE
KARIM RIFAI
CLARA SAADE
LEA TABAJA

 

REACH OUT TO US

Design for Communities (D4C Beirut)

Sadat Street, Aramouny Building, Floor 2
Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon

service@d4communities.org
+96170758269

Organizer: Karim Najjar (Founder/President)
Ministry of Interior Affairs, Lebanon Reg. Nr. 2062

Design for Communities (D4C Vienna)

Thinking Hand Verein zur Stärkung und Förderung sozialer Bauprojekte Eingetragener Verein

Seidlgasse 41/5A
A-1030 Vienna, Austria

service@d4communities.org
+43-1-5953408

Organizer: Rames Najjar (Founder/President)
ZVR-Zahl 1441311513