Following his architectural studies in Lebanon at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon (1992-1999), Dr. Marwan Basmaji continued his postgraduate studies as a member of Tadao Ando Academic Laboratory at the University of Tokyo in Japan (2001-2008). During his studies, he also worked shortly at Arata Isozaki and Associates, before establishing Basmaji and Bielinska Architects (BBA) with Kamila Bielinska-Basmaji.
Dr Basmaji lectured, directed design workshops, participated in conferences and was a guest critic at various institutions in Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, Tunisia, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Lebanon and Cyprus. He is currently teaching Design Studios at AZM University and the Lebanese American University in Lebanon.
In 2012, BBA studio won the Young Arab Architects Honor Award / Venice Biennale 2012, and the International Union of Architects Award for Young Architects-Leonardo Award in 2013, for the design of the Barbar Temples Visitors Center in Bahrain. BBA Studio was shortlisted for the Lebanese Architects Awards for the Tree of Life Visitors Center, both projects commissioned by the Ministry of Culture in Bahrain.
Other awards include the 1st prize in the Future Vision Leisure Architectural Competition, Austria; the 2nd prize in the Environment Competition by ESCWA-UN, Lebanon; the 3rd prize for the Wodka Museum in Poland and the Award of Merit in the Kobe International Biennale, Japan.