Prior to his diploma in architecture at the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, Elie-Pierre Sabbag graduated in Economics from Paris X University. He established his firm in 1997 with Naji Assi who had just received his masters from the École d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville. Sabbag and Assi combined both financial and technical backgrounds to develop a contemporary approach to design. Based in Beirut, SA47 is an expanding firm with a team of fifteen architects and support staff, who collectively provide clients with their requirements.
To date the firm portfolio consists of a variety of projects including offices, residential, commercial, industrial, religious and internal fit outs that can be seen in various cities of the Middle East.
In architecture, today, the issues are no longer between classical and modern, order and disorder, humanist perspectives and mechanistic aesthetics, but between good and bad design. The challenge in our profession is to inscribe architectural actions in a contextual approach and to generate social interaction in any built environment.
Each project has its own identity shaped by the client's needs, the project's program and the site. Therefore, our response manages both generic constraints and explicit demands, challenging the equilibrium of cost, quality and time.
We believe architecture can find ways of expressing local cultures despite the "globalization" landslide through the construction of a pertinent personality that anchors the project in its context.