Galal Mahmoud

About the job:

What you do

As an Architect, you design buildings in a functional, safe and efficient way. Any building starts with a blueprint, drawn by an Architect, and is then passed on to a Construction Manager to transform that drawing into a real building. Some Architects work for firms and see projects through from conception to completion. Others use their talents and skills in different parts of the industry. 


The tough stuff

As an Architect, you will have to: 

  • Communicate with your client effectively 
  • Be punctual during your project; no excuses will be accepted by your client 
  • Adapt to the ups and downs of the economy 
The cool stuff

As an Architect, you get to:

  • Think of new ways to be both practical and creative 
  • Earn a good income if you’re hired by a high-paying client
Typical work hours
  • 50+ hours a week 

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Art
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Visualization
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required

In order to become an Architect, you must first start by researching colleges and universities with strong Architecture programs.

Note that some schools offer five-year programs that allow you to combine your Bachelor's and Master's degree without the need to apply to separate programs.

Art, math, environmental design, and other relevant majors are also appropriate choices to prepare you for a career in architecture.

Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

With a decade’s worth of experience and a portfolio of international projects under his belt, Galal founded his company GM Architects and is recognized as one of the top architecture firms in the world. In this Nooreed Interview, Galal shares his tips on how to succeed as an Architect. 


Galal Mahmoud is the President/Partner of GM Architects. His first Major commission in Lebanon was the Crowne Plaza Hotel and his company later grew to commission massive projects like Chateau Kefraya, the Ferrari-Maserati Showroom, Eddesands and more. His company was elected one of the region’s most prominent firms in Architecture Digest's annual Top 50 Middle Eastern companies.