Meriem Chabani is an architect and urban planner and a partner at New South. Through an international practice, she engages with territories in tension: designing, building, negotiating and representing post- and neo-colonial contexts. By questioning power dynamics and stakeholder relations, her projects offer evolutive intersections between the global North and global South.
She currently teaches at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, after teaching urban planning at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She regularly takes part in international design events, including at IKA Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, Akademie der Künste Berlin, the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine in Paris, the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, the Department of Architecture at the University of Algiers, and the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.
Her work, If Algae Mattered, a theoretical reworking of Mediterranean borders, was exhibited at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial in 2018.
In 2020 Meriem won a Europe 40under40 award from The European Centre for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum.