Jamal Abed is the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture & Design [ARCHIDES] since its inception in the spring of 2015. Before returning back to the academic field, he was acting as a member of the Board and the Director of the Planning and Design Division at Millennium Development International Holding for around 13 years. Before joining Millennium in 2003, Mr. Abed was an Associate Professor, chairman of the Department of Architecture and Design, and Program Coordinator of the Masters Program in Urban Planning & Urban Design, at the American University of Beirut. He was a full-timer at the Department of Architecture and Design at AUB between 1988 and 2003. He obtained a bachelor degree in Architecture from the same university in 1982 and a graduate degree in Architectural Studies from MIT in 1988. He is an author of a number of publications and winner of many grants, the most prominent of which is the Fulbright scholarship. Combining thirty three years of academia and professional expertise in architecture and urban design, Dean Abed played an essential role in raising the standards of the program at AUB and in directing complex development projects that span a wide geographic spread ranging between Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Russia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Iraq, and Turkey. His plans for ARCHIDES to distinguish itself through a rigorous integration of academic research in undergraduate education culminating into a design scholarship that positively impacts its graduates, the local community, and the discipline at large is now grounded in the distinct quality of its growing staff, state-of-the art facilities, and dynamic and innovative curriculum.