Mia Azar is a senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut’s Architecture and Design Department, where she has taught various practical and visual design courses since 2013. She is also the marketing and communications manager for the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Mia was previously creative director at PenguinCube, an award-winning design consultancy, where she led the team from offices in Beirut and Dubai on a series of multidisciplinary design projects implemented in over 40 cities. Two of Mia's projects at PenguinCube received the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)’s Honor Award (Book Shelf, 2012, New York; and Alserkal Arrows, 2016, Seattle).
Drawing on her knowledge in graphic, publication and information design, Mia has worked on interdisciplinary projects, alongside scientific and design research, combining the various media of product, space, and technology with an aim to extend how design can influence educational, social, and cultural environments.
Mia completed her MA with distinction in Spatial & Product Design at Kingston University London in 2009 after obtaining her BFA with distinction in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut in 2008. She received, respectively, the Best of Show award and the second prize Areen Award of Excellence in Graphic Design for her final year projects.