Hyphen Around the World: meet Mary Kamel

As part of our Hyphen Around the World series, we catch up with various members of our team to find out more about their international experience. We also ask for tips – whether it’s about permitting advice, or a must-try local delicacy!

This week, we interviewed Mary Kamel, an architectural designer at Hyphen. Typically based in our Paris office, Mary has delivered projects for clients across Europe, Africa and Asia.


  1. What is a typical day like in your role?

Juggling between different projects where permit or detail drawings are requested, along with site visits and coordination calls.


  1. What’s the most interesting place that you’ve ever visited for work?

I loved a site visit I had in wintertime in Nice-Côte d’Azur. The weather was too gloomy for so long in Paris and it was just lovely seeing the sunny beach on my way to work

  1. Top local permitting tip?

Personal contact with authorities rather than emails, when possible, helps a lot.


  1. Best tool for staying in touch with your team?

Teams has been very useful.


  1. What do you like most about working at Hyphen?

Working with nine different offices in seven different countries at Hyphen and building working relationships with the same client across multiple projects. It’s always a rich experience to work together.


  1. Favourite local delicacy?

In France, I love magret de canard – flash-seared duck breast, popularised by Michelin star chef, André Daguin in the 1950s – but I am a fan of all Egyptian food as well.


  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Traveling with my family.


  1. If you could deliver a project anywhere in the world, where would it be?