Noha is Founding Director of MELA Social Enterprise. She 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 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 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 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 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.
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