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 Shade Abdul

Shade Abdul

Associate Lecturer in Architectural Design


Shade creates spaces that help people flourish by putting people first, and is passionate about collaborative design that places people that represent a diversity of age, gender, ethnicity, ability and class at the heart of the design of our built environment.

She would describe herself as an empathetic designer. It is important to her that the design process is one of equality, collaboration and inclusivity so that the spaces are created to meet the diverse needs of people with different bodies and abilities.

Shade has a particular interest in community infrastructure projects and their potential to deliver meaningful social value and address the imbalances in our society. If homes are considered as first places and workplaces as second places, she thinks that third places – the places where people gather and connect with others - have a strong influence not only on our health and wellbeing, but also could be strategically developed to address socio-economic inequality.



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