UN SDG 11: How architecture firms should contribute to sustainable cities and communities

05 Feb 2024
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UN SDG 11: How architecture firms should contribute to sustainable cities and communities

05 Feb 2024
About the speaker
  • Marwa Alshara
    Marwa Alshara
    Architect.AAA, MRAIC LEED® AP BD+C | WELL AP & Advisor, LPF at Reimagine Architects.Ltd
    Marwa's commitment and dedication to co-creating a healthier planet for all, with no one is left behind, was shaped by her early travels around the world at a young age. With architecture as her chosen tool, she has embarked on a journey that has taken her in different destination gaining exposure to various cultures and landscapes across the globe. Marwa's diverse project experience highlights her versatility and ability to tackle various challenges with creative solutions. Her involvement in projects of different scales and sectors demonstrates her adaptability and commitment to addressing unique requirements. By integrating sustainable practices into each design, Marwa consistently strives to achieve environmentally conscious solutions that align with every project's specific goals and aspirations. In her design, Marwa strives to create meaningful connections between people and spaces based on a story-driven mindset, aiming to create a distinct sense of place that harmonizes with the project's location, the client's requirements, and the community it serves. Marwa believes that successful design patterns in the built environmen has an immense influence on the emotional and psychological well-being of humans. Marwa is registered as an Architect with the Alberta Association of Architects. She is also an active member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and is a LEED® Accredited Professional, a WELL Accredited Professional, and a member of the Emergency Architecture & Human rights organization. Whether it's through research, advocacy, or community engagement, Marwa actively pursues avenues to advance the profession and promote sustainable, inclusive, and socially responsible design; currently, Marwa serves on the WELL Advisory Board at IWBI, and she actively seeks innovative solutions to address embodied carbon through her pursuit of regenerative architecture. Taking a life-cycle approach to materials and systems used in building design through creating buildings with a net-positive impact on the environment. Having studied and lived worldwide and being interested in international and humanitarian-focused design, Marwa is committed to contributing to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a global framework. She was recently selected to be a Local Pathway Fellow with the UN SDSN-cohort 2023, among 100 young professionals representing 80 cities worldwide, focused on SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. Marwa has also collaborated with the University of Alberta on studies, training programs, and research projects, helping to build resilient communities. This experience has given her a unique perspective on designing spaces where cultural diversity and a sense of belonging are embraced.

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