Dr.Nadia Mounajjed

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK2008
  • Master in Architectural Design, Bartlett, University College London, London, UK2002
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK2006
  • B.Sc. (Hon) / Diploma in Architecture, University of Damascus, Syria2001

Mini Bio

Areas of Competence

  • Architectural Design
  • Design Technology
  • Urban and Cultural Theory
  • Art and Architectural Theory


  • Assistant Professor of Architecture, Abu Dhabi University, UAE.2013-Now
  • Visiting Fellow, Middle East Center, London School of Economics, UK. 2012-2013
  • Assistant Professor of Architecture, American University of Sharjah, UAE. 2008-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, American University of Sharjah, UAE. 2007-2008
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK. 2003-2007
  • Architect, Arabian Group for Architectural and Urban Studies [Design Group], Damascus, Syria. 1999-2001

Research & Scholarly Activities

Conference Proceedings and Journals
  • Mounajjed, N. and Caratelli, P. Dubai [Metro]polis: Infrastructural Landscapes and Urban Utopias, In Open Cities: The New Post-Industrial World Order, Alice Kimm & Jaepil Choi (Eds), ACSA International Conference Proceeding, Seoul, June 2014. ISBN: 978-0-935502-91-6
  • Mounajjed, N. and Zualkernan, I. (2010). From simple pleasure to interactive architectural interface. In DPII 11: International Conference for Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy June 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4503-1280-6
  • Mounajjed, N. (2009). Prosthetics & Buildings: Towards an Inclusive and Embodied Approach to Design Pedagogy in the Gulf. In: International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2009), IATED: Madrid, Spain. ISBN: 978-84-613-2953-3
  • Mounajjed, N. (2009). Chiasmic Interfacings: A Reflection on the Notion of Interface from a Phenomenological Perspective, In: Architecture and Phenomenology: Second International Conference, Kyoto Seika University, Japan. 
  • Mounajjed, N., Peng, C., Walker, S. (2007). Interactive Installations on the Threshold of Built Heritage. In: International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology13 (1), pp. 29-50. Paris: Europia Productions, ISSN 1630-7267. 
  • Mounajjed, N., Walker, S., Chourmouziadou, K. (2007). Body & Matter: Materiality and the Senses. In: Material Matters: Architecture and Material Practice, K. L. Thomas (Ed.), p. 129. London: Routledge, ISBN 10 - 0415363268. 
  • Mounajjed, N, Peng, C, Walker, S, Bryan-Kinns, N & Sheridan, J (2007). Threshold 2006. In: Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Culture, Creativity and Interaction Design, P. Wright, A. Light & R. Dare (Eds.), pp. 63–67. York, UK: University of York, ISBN: 978-1-900640-42-8. 
  • Mounajjed, N., Peng, C., Walker, S. (2006). Virtual Interventions: The Impact of Interactive Soundscapes and Visual Stimulation on Physical Architectural Spaces. In: Hyperarchitecture and the Hyper-Real, N. AlSayyad, V. Horayangkura & S. Murphy (Eds.), IASTE 2006: Working paper series, Vol. 178. Berkeley, CA., USA: University of Berkeley. 
  • Mounajjed, N., Peng, C., Walker, S. (2006). Ethnographic Interventions: A Strategy and Experiments in Mapping Socio-Spatial Practices. In: Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments, pp. 68-79. Finland: Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä, ISSN: 1795-6889. 
  • Mounajjed, N. (2006). Didactic Interventions: Examples of the Practice of Installation in Architectural Education and Research. In: Changing Trends in Architectural Design Education, J. Al-Qawasmi & G. Vasquez de Velasco (Eds.) pp. 115-125. Amman: CSAAR Press, ISBN 9957860208. 
Books and Book chapters
  • Mounajjed, N. Ed. (2016). Visual Culture(s) in the Gulf: An Anthology, Cambridge Gulf Research Centre. Cambridge: UK. ISBN: 978-1-909864-08-5. 
  • Mounajjed, N. (2007). Interviews with the Public. In Under Scan, R. Lozano-Hemmer & D. Hill (Eds.), pp. 91-105. Italy: Emda and Antimodular, ISBN 0-9781347-0-2. 
  • Mounajjed, N. (2007). Interview with Rafael Lozano Hemmer. In Under Scan, R. Lozano-Hemmer & D. Hill (Eds.), pp. 28-40. Italy: Emda and Antimodular, ISBN 0-9781347-0-2.
Research Grants
  • Faculty Science & Engineering Research Grant, Abu Dhabi University, UAE 2014 – 2015
  • Faculty Research Grant, American University of Sharjah, UAE 2010 – 2011
  • Leonardo-net Grant, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC, UKs 2005 – 2006
  • Sheffield University Project Studentship, UK 2003 – 2007
  • Chevening Scholarship, UK 2001 – 2002

COURSES TAUGHT AY 2014-2015, AY 2015-2016

  • Graduation Project 1I (ARC 550) 
  • Graduation Project 1 (ARC 510)
  • Design Studio VI (ARC 450)
  • Design Studio IV (ARC 350)
  • Design Studio I (ARC 210)
  • Architecture and the Environment (ARC240)
  • Design Communication I (DES 110)

Consultancy & Industry Experience

  • Research advisor, the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2010 – 2012)
  • Building Team, Habitat for Humanity, Vietnam (2012) 
  • Design and supervision of construction of private residences and office renovation in Damascus Syria (2000-2007)

Membership of Scientific & Professional Societies

  • Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA), London, UK
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), London, UK 
  • Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), Beirut, Lebanon
  • Association of Syrian Engineers, Damascus, Syria