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Elias Anastas

Innovative architect

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Date of Birth:



Betlehem, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Elias Anastas is notable for his innovative approach in architecture, particularly in the use of stone, a traditional Palestinian building material, in contemporary architectural contexts. His work, which often explores the intersection of traditional techniques and modern computational methods, has contributed significantly to the architectural landscape in Palestine.

Brief bio

Elias Anastas is a Palestinian architect known for his work at AAU Anastas, a Palestinian architectural and engineering practice. His work often involves rethinking traditional building materials and methods in the context of contemporary architecture, especially in Palestinian cities.

Major Milestones


  • Founding AAU Anastas: Founded in 1979, AAU Anastas is a Palestinian architectural and engineering practice based in Bethlehem and Paris, with Elias Anastas serving as the Architect / Design Director.

  • Participation in Biennale Architettura 2021: Elias Anastas and AAU Anastas participated in the Biennale Architettura, showcasing their work and representing Palestinian architecture on an international platform​​.

  • Development of "stone sourcing Space": Worked on the Stone sourcing Space project in Bethlehem, a pavilion that uses traditional stone in a contemporary setting​.

  • "Stone matters" Research Project: Involved in the "stone matters" research project, examining the use of three-dimensional freeform stone in Palestine, which was a groundbreaking exploration of stone stereotomy and construction processes in contemporary architecture.

  • Collaboration with GSA Lab of ENSA Paris-Malaquais: Collaborated with the GSA Lab of ENSA Paris-Malaquais on research projects, pushing the boundaries of architectural practice and education.

  • Innovative Use of Stone: Pioneered modern techniques in stone construction, merging traditional Palestinian stone use with contemporary architectural methods...See More 

  • Architectural Research: Contributed to architectural research through projects like "Stone matters", exploring new computational and manufacturing simulation techniques...See More 

  • Educational Contributions: Collaborated with educational institutions like ENSA Paris-Malaquais, enriching architectural education with practical, innovative research.

  • Cultural Preservation: Through his work, Elias Anastas has contributed to preserving and reinterpreting Palestinian cultural heritage in architecture.

  • International Representation: Represented Palestinian architecture on international stages such as the Biennale Architettura, raising awareness of Palestinian architectural practices and challenges.

Date of Last Update: 
December 27, 2023

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