The son of an inventor, Hajjar’s youth passed building tree houses, hot rods and tiny homes. He was already a skilled designer/builder by the time he finished the engineering program at SDSU. He build his first passive solar home in Nova Scotia, where he won several awards from the Nova Scotia Design Council.
In the 80’s Hajjar founded Life Designs to support rainforest preservation. For over 10 years he designed and managed the production of responsibly harvested rainforest products to fund legal action that granted indigenous people ownership of over 25,000 acres of virgin rainforest.
After his beloved brother’s tragic death, Hajjar was inspired to follow his spiritual calling to author The Return of The Prophet. Hajjar’s award winning sequel to the spiritual classic The Prophet by his great uncle Kahlil Gibran was published in 2009 in more than 40 countries around the world.
While building The Gibran Center in Thailand, Hajjar developed an innovative way of building beautiful low cost AirCrete domes that has gained international recognition.
He founded Domegaia in 2014 to answer the global demand for his innovative low cost housing designs.
Carlo Jamal Tovar is currently a Senior at Northern Arizona University studying Finance with a minor in Environmental Sustainability. He spent this summer interning with Hajjar and participated in the Hilo, Hawaii workshop, shooting the video of the experience. Carlo is always thinking of new and better ways to help enhance Domegaia's brand. He is very interested in renewable energy and sustainable living, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building housing for low-income families in Arizona and Macedonia. He has been to 13 countries in Europe and plans to continue to travel, spreading the message of sustainable living for years to come.
Gabe De La Cruz
Gabe is a young man who has been Hajjar's assistant in the experimentation and development of AirCrete building for a year. In learning from Hajjar, Gabe is constantly inspired to dream, think, create, and to work at things not for any reward, but because he believes in the cause. Gabe's dream is to soak up enough knowledge so that he can effectively bring the AirCrete method around the world and teach anyone interested how to build low cost, do-it-yourself, beautiful housing.
Kari-Lise serves as our operations director and workshop coordinator. During her third year studying Horticulture Business Management at Colorado State University, Kari-Lise embarked on a 6 month WWOOFing trip around the world, which included a two week stay at Hajjar Gibran's beautiful sanctuary in Thailand where she fell in love with Hajjar's domes. With diverse experience in world travel, permaculture, organic farming, community living, and business management, Kari-Lise is thrilled to be a part of the Domegaia team to spread our mission to provide low-cost, high-quality housing while also co-creating collaborative and loving communities.