Lama Hasan joins GGN with experience working on cultural and historic projects in Washington, DC. These included designing universal accessibility for the National Museum of Natural History, connecting neighborhoods and integrating future memorial grounds for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, and integrating educational programming into the landscape at the National Air and Space Museum. She currently serves as a volunteer instructor at the National Building Museum
Born in California, Lama grew up on an American compound in Saudi Arabia. Growing up in places that felt culturally and politically restricted and temporary as homes, the landscape offered stability through its familiarity and adventures. In the summers, she spent time at her grandparents, a very small rural village in South Jerusalem recently named a World Heritage Site for its historically preserved agricultural practices. With her family, she would play outside on the rough and rocky Mediterranean farm, pick fruits, explore ancient cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and go on long hikes to quarries or construction sites. These formative experiences brought an appreciation and compassion for the land and its familiarity, which has been particularly useful in approaching complex projects.
While studying urban planning for her undergraduate degree, Lama’s internship in public housing led her to pursue a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture. She completed both programs at Virginia Tech, ultimately exploring the beauty and potential within the process of erosion and deposition as an impetus for rebuilding and forging new connections.