House of Today is a non-profit organization, committed to cultivating a sustainable design ecosystem in Lebanon, that transcends international borders. For over a decade, the organization’s overarching aim is to strengthen dialogues in the design world, expanding the reach of contemporary Lebanese designers and their creative processes, through mentoring and educating, curating collections and nurturing connections.
Michèle Maria and Georges Maria are the dynamic duo behind MARIAGROUP.
Michèle Maria graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1999 with a Bachelor in Architecture. After having worked with Bernard Khoury for 3 years, she founded with her family the MARIAGROUP architecture studio, where she is currently a principal architect. Her approach to architecture focuses on the search for poetry in design and the element of surprise.
Georges Maria graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA) in 2003, and co-runs the office as principal architect. He is particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and socio-economic dynamics and continuously pushes the practice into multi-disciplinary collaborations.
Based in Beirut, their studio now undertakes projects of various scales and programs, with the same passion and attention to detail, from retail and restaurants to mixed use buildings and master planning, with commissions throughout Lebanon, the Middle East and Europe.