Abdalrahman Alshorafa, is a Palestinian architect, born in U.A.E. in 1988. and grown up in his home town Gaza city. He started his undergraduate studies at the Department of Architecture at The Islamic University (IUG) in 2006, and completed his BSc. in Architectural engineering with a very good GPA in 2011. Along his last 4 academic years, he appeared as a representative of his intake, and did plenty of voluntary and extra-curricular work. Additionally he was nominated by the external relations affairs of IUG, as one of the best 30 students of the university. Abdalrahman worked for the Ministry of Sport and Youth. At the same time, he stared working for several consulting offices as a freelancer, designing and supervising many architectural projects. He was selected to be a teacher assistant at the Department of Architecture in IUG, discussing and following up students in many courses. Further he is a member in numerous professional societies.
Aya El-Wagieh was born in 1989. She graduated from Ain Shams University Department of Urban Planning and Design in 2011, ranked third of her class, with the “Waterfront Revitalization” graduation project. Aya showed great interest in team work and participation with others and therefore became a partner in a soft skills student activity. She was working as a moderator, head of quality control and finally as a consultant. After graduation, Aya worked for integrated development Group (IDG) as a researcher and designer, and then got a position as a teacher assistant at the university. Believing that getting exposed to different cultures and schools widens a person’s scope and perception, she participated and organized different workshops and summer schools funded from DAAD and Czech Republic. Finally, she started her pre-masters studies at Ain Shams University where she got interested in the relation between planning and governance.
Ayham was born in 1986 from Palestinian family in Syria and graduated with a bachelor degree in Architecture in Syria. During his time of study he developed several interests in urbanism, arts, music and sociology. In 2008 Ayham won the third price in an architectural concept competition for Arab and European students, the ‘Sham Spiritual Oasis’. One year later, in 2009 he participated in several urban workshops in Damascus, Homs and Hannover. In 2011 Ayham decided to work with an international team on different urban projects in Homs, Syria; such as different master plans of Palmyra (World Heritage Site) and Greater Homs as well as the Strategic Plan of Residency in Homs. After that he moved to Jordan in 2012, to work on several architectural projects in Amman.
Daniel was born in 1985 and studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Applied Science Karlsruhe, Germany from 2005 until 2010 and graduated as Dipl. Ing. (Fh) in Architecture. In 2009 he participated in the European students exchange program (ERASMUS) to intensify his intercultural experience while studying for one semester at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. There he attended classes considering International Urbanism and Urban Development. Since his graduation he worked as freelancer in cooperation with several architectural practices in Germany. From 2011 to 2012, he worked as an adviser in Urban Development for the German Cooperation in Development (GIZ) in Guatemala, where he was responsible for the elaboration of a methodology for an area focused zoning plan in the municipality of Poptún.
Dina (*1988, Cairo, Egypt) received her Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design at the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Shams University in 2011. After graduation, she worked as an Architect and Urban Designer at a consulting Architectural and Planning firm (IDG Matrix) and on the meantime joined some pre-master courses at ASU. In 2010 during her undergraduate years, she was nominated to join the EU Project “CEIAC”, cooperated by Ain Shams University and Stuttgart University. Within CEIAC she had an intensive training at Stuttgart University on Environmental Planning and Ecosystem Design. Dina participated in the preparation of the “Developing Strategies and Priority Projects for Lake Maryout", developing the scenario “Minimizing the ecological conflicts” within Lake Maryout. In 2008-2009 she pursued to work in an environment with a pretty wide spectrum of disciplines (i.e. Architecture, Construction and Landscape). During her pursuit, she had internships in different engineering firms such as ECG (Engineering Consultants Group S.A) and Centre of Planning and Architectural studies.
Eric was born in Leipzig in 1988, where he also went to school. He finished high school in 2007 and started to study Design at the Hochschule Anhalt in Dessau. For his civil service, Eric interrupted his studies in 2008/2009. After serving at a youth club in Leipzig, he decided to travel to Australia to work and get to know a different culture. In late 2009 Eric proceeded his studies and in winter 2010/2011 he absolved an exchange semester at King Mongkut´s Institute of Technology Lad Krabang in Bangkok, Thailand. In spring 2011 he joined a group of architecture students at Hochschule Anhalt to design an emergency hospital for a rural area in Guatemala. In February 2012 Eric received his Bachelor Degree in Design and subsequently went to Guatemala, to construct the emergency hospital with his team. Since September 2012, he is joining the IUSD MSc program to broaden his academic horizon.
Fadi was born in 1987 and raised between the city of Baalbeck and Beirut. In 2005, he graduated from high school with honors. While running the family business, he studied Civil Engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB). During 2008-2009, he carried out urban planning and engineering projects (Dar al Handasah) and several GIS projects. In 2009, Fadi graduated from AUB with a B.E. in Civil Engineering. Since then he joined one of the top contracting companies in KSA (AGC) as a Civil Engineer to execute a key infrastructure project in Riyadh. A system of tunnels, roads, underpasses and bridges was to be built inside the Royal Airport of Riyadh to connect the center of the city. From this experience, he felt the necessity of sustainable development and design especially towards the underdeveloped MENA region as a tool of aid and advancement for the future; at the personal level he felt obliged to enhance his design skills and academic education on a multicultural level. This overlapped with the IUSD MSc goals, so he applied in 2012 and got accepted.
Franziska has an academic background in Business and Engineering at WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management and the KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She additionally enhanced her studies with programs in Energy Politics and Sustainable Development at Fudan University and Intercultural Studies with main focus on China at Tongji University in Shanghai. Franziska has practical experience in the field of user experience and service innovation: At Audi she orchestrated a team of architects and designers to realize an interactive Brand Lab, with the aspiration to bring crossdepartmental teamwork to the next level. At the KIT she had the chance to engage in exciting projects like the conceptualization of an online platform for energy visualization as well as the development of a service model in the field of “University 2.0“. She further supports the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute KSRI with the build up of its Service Innovation Lab SiNLAB. Franziska is highly interested in innovative concepts of urban planning, especially in the integration of ICT based services to enhance quality of living for city residents.
Heba Badr is a Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst. She graduated from architecture department at Ain Shams University in Cairo in 2003, and was awarded a scholarship for a diploma in the GIS field. She has experience working with international organizations, non-governmental organization as well as the private sector. Primarily in establishing geographic databases, analyzing data and producing maps to be used in urban planning and urban studies. Heba is further concerned about community development and urbanism as well as the significance of community participation in the process of urban development with respect to adequate environment techniques. She felt the need to enrich her knowledge and experience within academic research so and therefore joined an Urban Development and Community Design program as postgraduate courses leading to master research at Cairo University in 2006 and later to the Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design program in 2012.
Irmtraud Eckart was born in 1987 in Oberndorf, a small city in Austria near Salzburg. After graduating from high school far above average, she began her studies of Human Anthropology and Islamic Studies as subsidiary subject at Hamburg University in 2008. Within these years she also started to study Arabic. Soon Irmi found her mayor interest in the Arabic/Islamic culture and made it the main task of her studies. Therefore she changed universities and proceeded at the “Friedrich-Alexander-University” in Erlangen. There she concentrated on Islamic Studies (Arabic, Farsi, Turkish) in combination with Human Geography and a focus on urban planning as on the MENA region (Oriental Studies and Social Sciences). Before I passed her Bachelor graduation in 2012, Irmi improved her language skills on a one year exchange scholarship in Syria. The IUSD Master program is a consequent prosecution of her Bachelor thesis, which already dealt with sustainable city development in the MENA region.
Katharina Frieling studied Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany. Since 2010 she focused her studies on urban design and was working as a tutor for the Institute of Urban Planning at her University. She started research on informal settlements in Latin America and Africa and attended an urban research week in Havanna, Cuba. Katharina graduated in February 2011 as Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture. Her graduation project in a german context dealt with the urban rehabilitation and transformation on campus of Technical University Berlin and Berlin University of the Arts. During her academic studies she also worked in architecture offices in Stuttgart and Frankfurt and completed an internship at the architecture magazine AIT in Hamburg. After graduation she volunteered in a flood relief programme of the German NGO Grünhelme e.V., rehabilitating homes and infrastructure for flood victims in Pakistan. Returning to Germany she worked in an office in Frankfurt in the field of architecture and urban planning until September 2012. Besides her current postgraduate studies in the IUSD MSc programme, she is also working in an architecture office in Stuttgart. Katharina is highly interested in innovation for urban planning and design, especially in new approaches in developing urban areas.
Lucas Krupp has a Bachelor of Architecture from Cambridge University. After working for several years in German and Swiss Architecture offices focussing on sustainable architecture and design, he continued working for Hosoya Schaefer Architects (Zurich). There, he was primarily responsible for developing a new communications platform for the Volkswagen Autostadt Wolfsburg that features facts and visionary approaches towards a sustainable urban future. Besides his scientific interest in sustainable urbanism, Lucas is highly interested in new ways of mapping cities for a better understanding of our urban environment as well as new approaches towards development economics.
Mahy has obtained her Bachelor degree of Architecture from the faculty of Fine arts in Cairo after which she has received a Post Graduate diploma in Architecture design and has also completed the Certificate requirements for the Professional Program of Project Management at the American University in Cairo. Being an architect with 10 years of professional experience, Mahy has participated in the design process of numerous hospitality, residential and mixed-use projects in Egypt and the Middle East at many renowned design studios in both architecture and landscape departments. Since 2008, Mahy has joined one of Egypt's premieres Real Estate Companies for 3 years, during which she has gained vast experience in middle to large scale projects, after that she has initiated her own design studio. Mahy’s prior experience included participation in several community development projects, basically in Cairo, her area of residence, as initiatives from both NGO's and official organizations; she is also a member of an active Heritage initiative in Egypt.
Mohamed ElGamal (*1987) studied Architecture from 2004 to 2010, at the Faculty of Fine Arts University at Helwan University in Cairo and Alexandria University in Alexandria, where he graduated 2010. His graduation project dealt with the problematic of Slums. He was working as Teaching Assistant in Architecture department faculty of fine arts at Alexandria University and later completed his academic studies doing a pre-masters program in the field of Urban Design and Architectural Sustainability. He especially focused his studies on the slums around the historical sites in Egypt. During this year, he participated in several workshops and international competitions about sustainability in Egypt, Greece and Serbia. Since February 2012 Mohamed worked as a junior architect at the BINAOMRAN studio for studies and design in Egypt, specializing in projects of city planning in KSA.
Mohamed Mahrous (*1987) studied architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Minia University in Egypt and received his Bachelor degree in 2009. His graduation project which was about designing a Cultural Centre in Upper Egypt tried to find ecological solutions to deal with the hot arid climate in the area. Since his graduation he has worked as an architect in several consulting offices in Cairo. There he has involved in developing concepts for architectural, landscape and urban designing projects across Egypt and the Middle East that varied in scale. He has also participated in many architectural competitions and workshops. Mohamed’s interest in sustainability and informal settlements development led him to cooperate with "NGO's" working in the slums of Cairo focusing on rehabilitation projects.
Mohammed Alfiky (*1988), Graduated from Urban Planning and Design department (UPD) at Ain Shams University in 2011 and started his pre-master studies at the Architecture Department of Cairo University the same year. During his study at he started participating in workshops in the field of urban planning, some as an organizer others as a participant with UMAR and DAAD. Three of these workshops were in cooperation with students from Stuttgart University. That encouraged his interest in teamwork with people from different cultures and backgrounds; also this gave the impulse to apply for the IUSD MSc. program. Mohammed started his professional work while he was still studying, working as a Photoshop free lancer. After his graduation he worked for the Urban Development Centre (UDC), being responsible for creating reports and conducting GIS maps.
Nuha Innab is a Jordanian architect and artist, based in Amman, born in Kuwait in 1985. She first started her studies with political sciences in 2003 and ended up with a degree in architectural engineering from the University of Jordan in 2009. Since then Nuha worked on several projects, ranging from architectural branding, commercial and residential buildings and interior design up to landscape planning. She is most passionate for city related issues, which are influenced by human behavior and cultural aspects. This interest also shows in her graduation project, an urban regeneration project dealing with a very busy and critical area in down town Amman called "al-abdali". This area has many layers and conflicts, social- cultural, political and financial issues. Since her graduation, she tried to maintain that connection with the street level, not only by practicing architecture, but also working with different kinds of mediums and domains.
Rasha Abodeeb(*1981) studied Architectural Engineering at Cairo University, where she graduated in 2004. After her graduation, she worked in several projects in Egypt and has a total of seven years of professional experience. In 2006-2007, she has worked as a junior architect in Al Darb Al Ahmer project. Al Darb Al Ahmer, was redesining an open space as a member of the community architects at the Egyptian Earth Construction Association (NGO). In 2008-2009 Rasha was part of the Wadi El-Gemal project, a joint project between ECCA and MADA Architects design office. The main project was to support the sustainable use of natural and cultural assets in the red sea area. It won the Hassan Fathy Award for Architecture in 2009. Later in 2010, she joined MADA Architects design office. Throughout her professional career, Rasha focused in particular on Community participation, architectural conservation and designs of residential, commercial projects.
Sana received her Bachelor degree in architectural engineering from Albaath University in 2004. After finishing her bachelor studies in architecture she completed a diploma research program as well a Master degree in urban planning. Her graduation master thesis was titled “Concepts of urban sustainability in planning modern residential areas in Syrian cities.” In 2006-2007, Sana worked as a research assistant in architectural design at the University of Al –Baath in the faculty of architecture. Later, from 2011 to 2012 she worked as a research assistant in urban design at the University of Damascus. Alongside Sana worked as an urban designer in the General Company for Engineering Studies and Consulting, located in Homs, Syria, from 2004 to 2012 as project director on several Syrian sites. Sana joined the MSc Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design at Stuttgart University to enhance her knowledge and enhance her analytical methods.
Sara Mohamed AbdelMeguid, was born in 1990 and raised in Kuwait until 2006 when she graduated from the New English School of Kuwait. She then headed to Egypt, her home country where she studied and graduated from the Arab Academy of Science and Technology in Alexandria in 2011 with a Bachelor Degree of Architecture Engineering and Environmental Design. During high school she was in the band where she played the clarinet. She also played Basketball to make use of her height. Sara is known to be spontaneous, talkative and very much interested in shopping. She considers herself as a hard worker and a coastal girl – Alexandria effect.
Sary Abdullah (*1988 Baghdad/ Iraq) studied architecture at Baghdad University for one year and got his bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from the Arab International University in Syria in 2011. He graduated as 3rd of his class with honours. During his graduate studies Sary attended two international workshops in Bio-Digital Architecture and Creative art. His project was one of the two winning projects to be built in real scale. Additionally he attended several seminars in Urban Design and Sustainable Architecture. His bachelor thesis discussed the importance of environmental awareness and the need for architectural research centers in the middle east. Directly after graduation, Sary worked for four months at the consulting group al-Dar (A.U.D) for architecture and urbanism in Damascus. Next he moved to Baghdad to work with (ESSAT) bureau and Al-Danube Contracting for several months as an architect. There he was responsible for designing several projects and at the same time working on some residential projects on his own.
Tariq Nassar (*1984) studied Architectural Engineering at Birzeit University in Palestine. Since his graduation he has worked in several different countries. In 2008-2009, He worked in the US as a Designer Assistant. Later, in 2010, he joined the department of camp improvement unit at UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) working on the region-wide Urban Camp Profiles project to document and consolidate comprehensive information and data on all 56 Palestinian refugee camps across the fields of operation, with a partnership the GIZ. In 2012, he joined Medina Association – a non-governmental organization that carries out development cooperation activities with developing countries of the world, by using innovative instruments for the urban planning management and the promotion of urban and territorial inclusion in Palestine and Israel.
Wesam El-Bardisy, born in 1989, obtained her BSc. of Urban Planning and Design in 2011 from Ain Shams University, Cairo. She was appointed as teaching assistant at the department. During this working period she participated as an organizer and participant in the Summer School “New Urban revolution in greater Cairo“, held by the ASU and the TU Berlin. She also participated in a national competition “khroug“, with prime engineering consultants organized by the British University in Cairo. During her undergrad studies she participated in different workshops, competitions and an international co-operation project at Ain Shams University in Cairo, University of Stuttgart, University of South California and Union for the Mediterranean architects (UMAR). Further she worked on noise and vibration measurements for sound pressure level and noise mapping at MB consultant. Throughout those workshops and studies, Wesam has gained a good practical experience in the fields of urban development, participatory planning, landscape planning and Sound measurements.
Adham Sannaa (*1988) is a Syrian architect, born in Edlib city. His passion for art in high school led him to study architecture and urban design in Aleppo University and to graduate in 2011. During university he was interested in urban planning & rehabilitation and that’s why he chose the Development of informal settlement area Tal Al Zarazir, Aleppo 2011 as his graduation project. He developed his artistic and technical skills by participating in many workshops and competitions. After graduation, he worked as a free licensed architect in several architecture and interior design projects in Syria, then he moved to Czech Republic and had there more than one year professional, personal and educational experience. Adham aims to be a participant in changing the urban reality of the Arab countries, especially in Syria.
Aly Elsayed (*1990) studied Architecture in the faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University in Cairo and received his Bachelor degree in 2011. During his studies he was engaged in several architectural and urban design projects through “EQI”, a consulting agency located in Egypt in which he worked for two years after his graduation. Until now, Aly was involved in projects and studies of different scales and settings including the development of historical buildings and areas, the management of archeological sites and areas as well as the development of slums in Egypt. Meanwhile, he had the chance to work with International development agencies such as AFD & GIZ and foundations. He was also able to build basic knowledge of vernacular architecture and renewable energy solutions through the company’s work in Siwa Oasis in Egypt.
Ahmed Bakry (*1990, Cairo) got his BSc from Ain Shams University, urban planning and design department (UPD) July 2012, he works as a teaching assistant at Ain shams University Urban planning and design dep., his accumulative ranking is the first upon his colleagues; he began his pre-master studies for one year at the same college he was graduated from and then he joined the IUSD master program. Bakry began his practical work while he was studying by participating in competitions like Elopera & Elatabaa project in collaboration with (BECT) consulting office and (A2M) engineering office. He works as an executive engineer for the renovation of the IUSD branch in Egypt at Ain shams University and as a freelancer for several engineering projects. As under graduate he participated in a student exchange program between Ain Shams University, Artesis University, school of Architecture Antwerp, Belgium and l'ecole d' Belleville in Paris, France in December 2010 concerning urban issues. He also participated in different activities like Aces and Eye academic and time management programs. Respectively, Bakry can deal with several engineering and graphical programs.
Ahmed (*1980, Cairo) is an Egyptian registered architect/urban designer as he is a member of The Egyptian Engineers Syndicate (EES) and The Society of Egyptian Architects (SEA). Ahmed received his Bachelor degree in Architecture in 2004 from The Faculty of Fine Arts at Alexandria University. After graduation, he joined one of the biggest design consulting firms in Alexandria where he gained great experiences in architectural & urban design. Later & since 2006 Ahmed joined The National Organization for Urban Harmony (NOUH) in Cairo as he worked as an urban designer at The Projects Planning Department where he participated in various projects covering a wide range of scope & complexity with special emphasis on designing & upgrading of public urban spaces. Through this time Ahmed developed a special interest in the fields of urban management & public space issues. Ahmed participated in several workshops & summer schools concerning sustainable design, informal areas & participatory planning. He also participated in various urban, architectural & design competitions & exhibitions and he won several awards & mentions.
Balsam Madi (*1987, Beirut) graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor of Architecture and minors in Engineering Management and Studio Arts. Throughout her undergraduate years, her chosen design studios often reflected her interests about social, economic and environmental sustainability. Her thesis dealt with the intersection between the different drives (developers, clients and public) that shape our built environment and where tradeoffs happen. The research led her to an ideal paradigm that targets a specific scale of flexible modular housing while continuing Beirut’s urban fabric and targeting the previously untargeted middle class and new “a-typical family”. She believes that the architect and planner is not alone in shaping our surrounding and thus proceeded to work with a designer and builder among engineers and consultants from different disciplines under an integrated approach. She is a LEED GA accredited professional, and was one of the founding members of the NGO Save Beirut Heritage in 2010.
Dina Mahdy (*1984) has studied Architectural Engineering at Cairo University and was awarded BSc degree of Architectural Engineering in 2007. Her graduation project was addressing heritage conservation and rehabilitation in the old city of Cairo. As an architect, she worked for three years for an architectural firm (Ruya Designs) where she was able to develop her technical experiences. There she got the experience of site implementation, preparation of construction drawings as well as urban and landscape design. Through that period Dina also went on with the post graduate studies at Cairo University. Then she decided to change into the academic career. In September 2010 she worked as teaching assistant at Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering B.SC. Program and then moved to the research and teaching team of the German University in Cairo (GUC). Since then she participated in different international workshops and conferences either as an organizer and teaching assistant or as a participant, with the TU-Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). Parallel to that she started working on her masters' individual research at the GUC under the title of heritage conservation and rehabilitation strategies for the Islamic Cairo district at the Mamluks' era.
Friederike Thonke (*1989) went to Northern Ghana in 2008 to work in the field of micro-financing and took part on a school project. With this experience and with the inherent wish to become an architect with the ability to use architecture as a helpful tool to improve life standards, she started her studies of architecture in 2009. For her bachelor thesis she chose to redesign an old car park into a multipurpose center for young homeless. Therefore she held workshops with them to better understand their lives, ideas and dreams. Environmental and sustainable aspects were taken in consideration, but in the same way socially, psychologically, and politically sensitive approaches were applied. To Friederike, architecture is a field to express creativity as well as social empathy and liability. For her it is significant to realize and emphasize the responsibility 'we' as planers have – therefore a holistic approach in the current development of planning is desperately needed. After her graduation she worked with a Nairobi-based NGO in participatory upgrading of informal settlements. Her further studies and work is and will be lead by the hope for mutual understanding and learning between all parties.
Dima Dayoub from Syria holds a BSc degree in Architecture (2008) as well as in English Literature (2011). She joined a consultancy firm in Aleppo for 3 years working as an architect on restoration and rehabilition projects in the old city of Aleppo along with being a teaching assistant at Ittihad Private University for one academic year. She also enrolled in an urban planning master program at the University of Aleppo for one year in which she went for a joint urban design workshop in Cottbus. Then she moved to Istanbul where she worked in an architectural practice for the past year and a half mainly on design proposals for hotels and urban regeneration projects. She joined IUSD to learn more about the analysis and design of urban environments and to build a critical perspective around urban issues.
Gregor Schopf (*1988, Halle) studied Integrated Design at the Hochschule Anhalt in Bauhaus City Dessau, Germany. There he experienced design in a generalized and interdisciplinary way. In 2010/2011 Gregor absolved an exchange semester at King Mongkut´s Institute of Technology Lad Krabang in Bangkok. Among other things, he dealt with ancient Thai production methods by using local materials in order to meet the requirements of contemporary needs.In June 2012 Gregor received his Bachelor Degree in Integrated Design. In September 2013 he joined the IUSD MSc program in Stuttgart to broaden his academic horizon and to expand his capability as a generalist in the field of sustainable design in the context of urban development.
Jude Al Issa Zada (*1989, Amman) obtained her Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the German Jordanian University (GJU), Amman, in 2012. During her studies she had internships in several architecture offices such as Al-Nasser Architects in Amman, Arcass Freie Architekten BDA in Stuttgart and Badran Design Studio in Amman under the supervision of Architect Rasem Badran and Architect Jamal Badran. Jude has become very interested in the fields of urban planning and landscape architecture during her studies and gained professional experience which motivated her to enter urban development competitions. She was short listed in the competition Port Gioia Tauro Vision 2030 and won second place in Project Manifesto's: Holes on Hold competition in Amman. Since her graduation, Jude has worked as a research and teaching assistant in the department of architecture in GJU where she supervised students from all classes in the fields of design, landscape and urban regeneration.
Lisa (*1989) started her studies of architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart in 2009. During one international year she studied in Lima, the capital of Peru with the key issues of water shortage, informal settlements and lack of green spaces. In Lima she worked at the Metropolitan Planning Institute on an urban development plan for Lima 2025 and a water sensitive urban design approach for the city as part of the Lima Waterfront (LiWa) project. The program Construye Idendidad (Construir Identity) gave her the opportunity to get to know earth as a resilient construction material. During a workshop in the Andes she helped to remodel traditional houses and created a new public space for the village. During her studies and traveling different countries she found a great interest in the development of cities and their water related issues. Therefore she enrolled in the IUSD program after graduating with a Bachelor degree in July 2013.
Maram Sha'ban (*1987) was born in Jerusalem and raised in Amman since the early 90's. She gained her B.S in Architectural Engineering from Jordan University in 2010. Throughout her studies, Maram was an active volunteer and took part in different extracurricular courses and excursions for a close examination of the existing urban models in diverse cities. Having been also a part of the urban fabrication workshop held at IaaC (Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia) in Barcelona, has enabled her to adopt further urban awareness. In 2009, she was an exchange student through IAESTE, where she had her 1st technical experience in an inter-cultural living in Tunisia. For her passion after graduating, Maram has been devoting her skills of integrated planning into community development in the region. In 2010, she worked as an architect with the United Nations for Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)| CIP, Jo for two years. She took a main role in camps urban analytical production and concurrently works on Talbieh (palestinians refugees camp) shelters’ assessment for future rehabilitation based on self-help. Her work experience has widened her horizon in urban improvement from grass-root. She was directly involved with the camps’ communities, where she played a key role in the participatory platform between community segments and stakeholders, designing proposals derived from local needs. Shortly afterwards, Maram joined an architectural office based in Amman that enhanced her knowledge in local architectural fabrics and methods.
Mohammed Fawzi (*1990, Cairo) studied Architecture, Urban Design and Urban Planung at Ain shams university in Cairo and graduated in 2012. Mohammmed was assigned as a teaching assistant in the same faculty and worked there since. Mohammed started working on projects before his graduation, participating in several projects like working as a coordinator in the ECG UTW initiative for students trainings, for the refurbishment of the IUSD headquarters in Cairo and planned the interior design for many apartments and offices. Mohammed started his Academic career driven by the passion and the sincere believe of the importance of the education trying to combine both science and fun in the education process. That's why he participated as a moderator in ACES academic program activity, in the ISLC cultural conference in the AUC and in the scientific committee of the department. Mohammed participated in many activities abroad like the student exchange program in 2010 in Belgium and France. Also he was a member of the technical committee for EZBET competition (2013) in Stuttgart University.
Razan (*1987) was born in Amman, Jordan. Razan’s interest in urban studies started to develop during her senior year at the University of Jordan, specifically during the graduation project 'Integrated Community-Based Tourism Project for Um Sayhoun Village- Petra-' which was shortlisted and exhibited at the CSBE Graduation Projects’ Award in Bahrain. Shortly after graduation, Razan worked on the renovation and design of the Nabulsi heritage house as part of the Tal Hisban Archaeological Restoration and Planning Project in partnership with Andrews University of Michigan. Soon after, she started her journey in working for local and regional offices in Amman, Jordan and experiencing the diverse world of architecture. During her employment years, she worked on the urban planning and design competition of Palace lala yedouna in Fez, Morocco. Then she worked in Um Sayhoun village in Petra as a volunteer on a community-architecture research: a risk-mapping project at the Petra Archaeological Park under UNESCO office management, in partnership with RLICC from Leuven University in Belgium, upon which a publication was released.
Nada Jouni (*1989, Lebanon) received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management and Ingenieur Agricole diplomat the American University of Beirut in 2012, Faculty of Agriculture. For her graduation project, she worked on reviving a natural pond located in the village Roumine in South Lebanon. With community landscape as her focus, thoroughly studying and following the case of an under-evaluated rain-harvesting rural heritage that has been practiced for centuries, she carefully designed a community space around the pond, respecting the different environmental and community needs while raising awareness to the importance of the community's traditional and cultural practices. With her design skills and expertise in agriculture, urban development and ecosystem management, she worked on landscape projects and assisted in construction and tree planting while working with Solidere (Architecture and Planning Industry) in 2010 and IBSAR (Nature Conservation Center for Sustainable Futures) for 3 years. Moreover, Nada assisted in landscape projects with an agriculture engineer (GIZ Lebanon) then took on some freelance projects for a year, designing sustainable outdoor spaces and agricultural areas of three residential buildings and two villas.
Maroua Ennouri (*1988, Bizerta) studied Architecture at the National School of Architecture and Urbanism of Tunis (ENAUT) from 2007-2013. During her studies she attended many workshops in Vernacular Architecture in Tunisia. She graduated in June 2013 with honors. During 8 months she had a professional internship. She worked on several projects dealing with the problematic of sustainable architecture with “Atelier AWS”, an unique architecture firm in Tunisia that designs wooden buildings focusing on lumber construction. There she discovered her interest for sustainable design.
Stefanie Wladika studied Architecture at the Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa and the University of Technology Cottbus (BTU) where she graduated as an engineer in Architecture (Dipl.-Ing.). During her studies she developed a strong interest in intersections between architecture and urban planning - focusing on renewal and strengthening of historic city quarters in Germany and the Middle East. She gained intensive practical and international experiences while working for different architecture offices in Germany and participating in Joint Urban Design Workshops in Syria, Egypt and Germany. Additionally, Stefanie worked as a student research assistant and after her graduation as a research assistant for the Middle East Cooperation Unit (MEC Unit) at the Institute of Urban Design and Development of the University of Technology Cottbus. Currently she is working for an architecture and urban planning office in Frankfurt am Main, co-operating on projects in the MENA Region.
Tayseer Khairy graduated from Tanta University in Egypt with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering in 2002. She gained ten years of experience working on architectural and interior design of different kinds of residential, administrations, services and recreational buildings in UAE & Egypt. As a social and environmental activist with management and leadership skills she worked with national, international organizations and private sector firms in community development projects. In 2011, she joined URBANICS, For Sustainable Natural and Built Environment, assisting the director in preparing and monitoring departmental goals. She served as representative of the entity at state, regional and national organizations, boards, councils, and committees. Her work included fundraising, networking, research and helping as Community Architect. Tayseer is passionate about community development projects and she believes in collaborative participatory planning development with local inhabitants, driven by certain values of qualities and initiatives within a sustainable frame work that benefits people and saves our planet system. As an environmental activist she organized and supervised many campaigns and events related to climate change and its impact on urban livelihoods, waste management, water crisis, sustainable architecture and capacity building for young youth with schools and NGOs. She is also founder, board member and member in many associations and NGOs which activities are covering a wide range of development, sustainability and projects with environmental scopes: she travelled to USA, Denmark, Jordan, Qatar and KSA gaining an extensive cross cultural experience. She felt the need to enrich her knowledge and experience within academic research and therefore joined the Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design program in 2013.
Neila Zouainia (*1990, Oran) graduated in Architecture at the University of Sciences and Technology of Oran (U.S.T.O) in 2012. During her studies, she took part on a local association called “Bel Horizon” where she was an active member where she participated in different cultural events, architectural manifestations and workshops. Passionated by architecture, she devoted her extracurricular activities to internships in different architecture offices in her home country. Furthermore, to extend her knowledge, she got involved in an international association ’Rampart’, where she participated to construction sites and workshops. Since her senior year her motivations towards architecture have changed especially after working on the rehabilitation of a railway line in the centre of Oran. Her interests were not about the buildings themselves but more about their issues related to the city having a close relationship with the cultural aspects, history and the human behavior.
Teresa Fellinger(*1989, Passau) decided after finishing school in 2008 to volunteer in Mombasa, Kenya, for six months. She helped renovating an orphanage and trained a men soccer team. From 2009 to 2013 she studied 'African Development Studies in Geography' and 'Applied African Studies' at the University of Bayreuth. During her studies she realised that lectures which broach the issue of urban development in Africa caught most of her attention. That's why she decided to do within her Bachelor studies an eleven month internship with GIZ. For six month she worked in the Sector Project 'Policy Advice on Municipal and Urban Development' at GIZ Headquarters in Eschborn. Afterwards she collected some work experience in New Delhi, India. She was part of an appraisal mission for an upcoming programme called “Inclusive Cities” by which GIZ would like to promote in-situ slum-upgrading to the Indian Government. Therefore she travelled with national and international consultants to several cities in India, visited slums and resettlement areas and talked with local politicians. During her studies she was selected as student assistant at the chair of Population and Social Geography and tutor for Kiswahili. Teresa is highly interested in finding solutions and approaches for cities in developing countries facing rapid growth through the continuing migration into the cities.
Yasmine Hallawa (*1990) obtained her BSc in Architecture in 2011, Ain Shams University, Cairo then finished her Pre-courses of the MSc in Urban planning in 2013 there. She completed a Global business institute Entrepreneurship course (Mini MBA) in Kelley School of Business, IU, USA in summer 2012 and led her business incubator project team, ranked in the top ten to present it in the US Department of State. She attended several summer schools and workshops focusing on urban regeneration, governance and active citizenship in Cairo, Alex, Aswan, Siwa Oasis, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Stockholm, where she studied in an intercultural context the local communities and urban transformation. She got very much interested in viewing challenges through a holistic approach, linking architecture, urban planning and economic feasibility seeking sustainable solutions. She worked for two years in IDG (Architecture and Urban Planning Consulting Firm) and for 3 months in Archinos Architecture, Cairo, where she carried out architecture, urban, interior and graphic design projects and Academic research.