Initial Design Team Shortlist Announced for New U.S. Embassy in Beirut

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 18, 2013

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

The shortlisted teams are:

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam/AECOM

Morphosis Architects

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Steven Holl Architects

Yazdani Studio

Thirty-nine firms responded to the public notification for prospective offerors to compete. This initial shortlist of six offerors will assemble their technical teams and submit detailed information on their organization and qualifications for the Stage 2 evaluation.

The shortlisted submissions presented a diversity of projects with a high level of design excellence, innovative site and landscape designs, and strong sustainability experience.

The new Embassy site is located in Awkar, approximately 11 kilometers north of the city center and in close proximity to the existing Embassy. The new Embassy complex will include a chancery, support offices and utility buildings, a parking structure, Marine residence, Representational housing, staff housing, access control facilities, and a community center.

This project was solicited under OBO’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative, a holistic approach to project development and delivery which seeks to utilize the best methods, technologies, and staff abilities to produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at or (703) 875-4131, or visit

PRN: 2013/0756