Michèle Chaya & Georges Maria

MARIAGROUP is a design studio led by the brother and sister duo Georges and Michèle Maria. 

Michele graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor in Architecture in 1999, winning the Azar Award and Areen Award for Excellence in Architecture. 

When Georges completed his Master of Architecture from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts in 2003, the two joined their interior designer mother & father to establish MARIAGROUP.

Based in Beirut, the practice undertakes works of all scales, spanning from small interior projects to large urban plans, throughout Lebanon, the Middle East and Europe and is closely involved in the design and follow-up of each project from conception to delivery. 


MARIAGROUP begins all projects from a standpoint that is decidedly architectural, interested in responding to each brief through thinking about space. 

The design of Space, crafted through light, material, texture, and form, informs our projects from the smallest to the largest scale, and delineates a common language through which we address the questions that we feel are intrinsically linked to the practice.

Deeply committed to the understanding that architecture is shaped by a collaborative confluence of design ideals, tectonic (or material) knowledge, and (construction) craftsmanship, we seek to create for each project a unique world of real physical experiences.

Our work stems from this desire: to translate need into built form and create a sense of excitement; to craft a story of everyday life into a poetic and unexpected gesture.



Georges Maria / founder – principal architect

Michèle Maria Chaya / founder – principal architect

Michel Maria / founder – CEO

Claudia Nieuwenburg / London Partner


Tony Aad
Ismail Bdeiry
Siroun Bekerejian
Raquel Chouiti
Yasmina El Chami
Sarah El Khoury
Mayssa Jarrah
Maya Moussallem
Rita Nader
Sara Naja
Aline Sassine
Karim Soussa
William Wehbé
Rana Zayour




Makdessi Building, 1st Floor
Rue du Liban, Achrafieh, Lebanon

TEL: +961 1 321 556, +961 1 323 556  FAX: +961 1 325 556


92 Ifield Road
London SW10 9AD

TEL: +44 7 880 644 869

EMAIL: info@mariagroup.com