The building is named after Abdeslam Bouazza El Djazairi, founder of Gezairi Transport, whose daughter, Mona Bawarshi, donated part of the cost of the building.
This is the newest and largest addition to the LAU Beirut campus, said Michel Mawad, President of LAU.
The Gezairi building, which served as a school, was purchased by LAU in 2012 and underwent a major renovation project which was completed in November 2021.
The building, which is adjacent to the LAU campus, is located in Sadat Street, Hamra. It has a built-up area of nearly 19,000 square meters. It includes studios, smart classrooms, and university labs for different specialties, including fine arts (painting, sculpture, and printmaking), fashion design, graphic design, interior design, and architecture. The building also includes computer labs, faculty and staff offices, lecture halls, lecture halls, and multi-purpose rooms, in addition to a courtyard, cafeteria, and parking spaces.
The modern and efficient design of the building and its environmentally friendly engineering allow it to achieve 20% energy savings, 30% water savings and 26% less embodied energy in materials.
SArD has been accredited by the American National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD).