Hani Asfour is the Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI). He is an MIT and Harvard-trained architect with over 22 years of experience as a practicing architect, designer, and educator, having taught architecture and design in the US, Lebanon and the UAE. Asfour was recently named one of the 45 most influential architecs in MENA by Middle East Architect magazine, where he also won the 2017 award for best cultural building.
Founding President of the Beirut Creative Cluster and Founding Partner of Polypod, an international award-winning multidisciplinary collaborative design studio in Beirut, Lebanon, Asfour is also a public speaker in many events, including his talk, Design Matters at TEDx Beirut and keynote at several design-related events. Asfour received his BSAD in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 and his MArch terminal degree in Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University in 1994.