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Dr Noha Nasser

Dr Noha Nasser

Lecturer in Architectural Design

School of Geography and Planning


Noha is a passionate architect, urban designer, academic and consultant who believes that community-based solutions to urban design and heritage can build a strong identity of place and bring people together.

She is the Founding Director of MELA. Over her career Noha has written a range of courses to meet the needs of professionals and communities. She has been actively involved in finding creative ways to engage with cultural diversity in areas of urban change where community cohesion makes social, cultural and economic sense. Noha is a Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Expert in Public Space. She has held several academic Director posts and held two international Post-doctoral Fellowships. She co-edits the Journal, Urban Design International. Noha is the author of the award-winning book ‘Bridging Cultures: the guide to social innovation in cosmopolitan cities’ and editor of the recent book ‘Connections: 12 approaches to relationship-based placemaking’ – a coproduction with MELAssociates.

Noha  became a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in 2017. She is Chair of the Association of Collaborative Design CIC with a mission to mainstream and champion co-design in the built environment and is also is a Trustee of the charity Caravanserai, a pioneering model of regeneration and social cohesion through meanwhile use. Noha loves long distance walking in nature.