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Norhan Abdelgawad

Ph.D. candidate, Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG)

Norhan is a PhD student in Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG) from Egypt. She has multiple transdisciplinary interests and a diverse background. She received her bachelor’s in architectural engineering from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She was interested in the intersection between computation and design and pursued a master’s in Adaptive Architecture and Computation at University College London (UCL). During her studies, she developed her interest in interaction design and human-computer interaction in public spaces. She worked as an urban designer and landscape architect in Egypt where she implemented her computational design thinking for some of the largest projects in MENA. She also developed an interest for public art installations where she designed, fabricated, and assembled several installations for a variety of events. Her background in human-computer interaction in public spaces led her to develop an interest in behavior and community engagement. She is currently working as a research assistant and teaching assistant for SPIA 3554 (transdisciplinary problem solving).

Research Interests

  • Human-computer interaction in public spaces
  • Environmental behavior
  • Community engagement
  • Urban analytics