Architectural Designer / Creative Director FFL

Yara is a French-Lebanese architectural designer working at the intersection of architecture pedagogy, transmedia, and immersive technologies. She is the creative director of Folly Feast Lab co-founded with Viviane El Kmati and based in Santa Monica. Through worldbuilding and storytelling they design immersive and interactive experiences, applications, software, design tools and games around queer identity, sustainability, and technology. Yara is a faculty at UCLA AUD, and has previously held teaching positions at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, SAC in Frankfurt, Bartlett in London, and ALBA in Beirut. She led end-to-end research, development, and exhibition for 22 virtual reality experiences shown during the Venice Biennale in 2018, and at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in 2019. Yara is the co-editor of the SAC architecture journal on virtual reality published in 2021 and has led virtual reality workshops with Tyssen-Bornemisza 21 Academy at Ars Electronica in 2022. Yara has lectured widely, and her work has been part of Fiber Festival, A+D Museum, Wedge Gallery, LA Forum, and Cyber new media playground. Yara is committed with Folly Feast Lab to designing fantastic experiences that are as aesthetically engaging as they are technologically performing.


Yara Feghali / 2023