Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes

Stephanie is part of a new breed of young visionary architects, who operate beyond the nowadays-restrained realm of architecture. A strong advocate of value created through cross-disciplinary interactions, Stephanie believes that the truly sustainable innovation will happen at the intersection of different fields.

Stephanie was awarded her professional degree in Architecture with high honors at the American University of Beirut, where she won numerous academic and national awards. Stephanie then joined the world renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in The Netherlands where she led major projects from design to construction including the Qatar Foundation Headquarters, the Strategic Studies Center and Qatar’s National Library.

After OMA, Stephanie founded AKKA, a architecture and urban design firm specialized in designing for human interaction. AKKA is driven by the vision of Architecting Interaction©. Architecting Interaction explores how can we design contexts that foster human interaction in its different forms, including collaboration, learning, creativity and innovation. Architecting Interaction explores human interactions across a scale of interventions, a scale ranging from furniture to interiors, architecture to urban interventions. At the heart of AKKA lies the dedication to innovate human interactions.

Stephanie is regularly invited to speak and lead workshops at different universities, conferences and summits around Europe and the Middle East…etc. Stephanie is also the founder and global coordinator of the Action Labs, a worldwide initiative aiming at building and sustaining local communities of entrepreneurs contributing to a prosperous, just and sustainable future. On December 1st 2012, Stephanie presented Architecting Interaction at TEDxBelfast.