Salwa Mohammad Alawneh
- PhD Student, Architecture
Within my bachelor years, I have been developing an interest in the social aspect of architecture. By proceeding my MArch, I was in the inclusive design research group from the University at Buffalo. I had the chance there to get involve with refugee contexts in designing a project located within the city and I gained a chair award of high-caliber design work performed in the design studios. Hence, I brought this to my country, Jordan, as it hosts more than three million refugees who are seeking a safe haven. Therefore, I conducted my thesis on researching the urban design of refugee settlements in Jordan.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the school of architecture and design at KU. I find myself privileged to pursue my research interest in refugee spaces. While the issue is a current and there is a critical discourse of the recent influxes to Jordan, I try to understand the key concerns and dilemmas of the social and sudden demographic changes in urban areas of refugees and accordingly bring a proactive approach of urban resilience to maintain urban security and livability of their settings in Jordanian cities.