University of Calgary

Hannah Allawi

  • Doctoral Student

Other Interests

Middle Eastern Cities, Islamic Architecture, Japanese Architecture, Arab Gulf Cities

Personal Statement

Hannah Allawi is an Architect, Urban Designer & Researcher currently pursuing her PhD in Environmental Design with a focus on Smart Cities and their implementation within the Gulf Cooperation Council, primarily, the United Arab Emirates. She has interned with Amin Taha Architects in London, UK and Atelier Hitoshi Abe in Sendai, Japan and has recently practiced with the firm, Building Design Partnership (BDP) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Hannah holds a NAAB accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree with minors in Design Management and Urban Design from the American University of Sharjah, UAE and a Master of Science in Architecture & Urban Design from Columbia University, New York, USA.

www.hannahallawi.com

Publications

Peer-Reviewed 

Allawi, H. A. (2017). Opportunities for Oman: Tourism Transportation for a Smarter Salalah. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Economic Development and Diversification: Contemporary Issues, Strategies and Opportunities for Sustainable Development in Oman. (pp. 93-101). Salalah, Oman. College of Applied Sciences. 

Allawi, H. A. (2017). Phases of Development: A Cultural, Societal and Environmental Overview of Abu Dhabi's Urban Morphology. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology (JET)4(2), 43.

Allawi, H. A., Marin, J., Kim, M., & Suzuki, E. (2012). Reclaiming the Right of Way: A Performative, Generative and Green Corridor for Kumasi and its Local Communities. In C. Goatia & J. Pointl (Eds.), In Re-Cultivating the Garden City of Kumasi (pp. 110-129). New York, NY: Columbia University, Urban Design Lab, Millenium Cities Initiative, The Earth Institute.

Allawi, H. A. (2011). Palm Jumeirah: Dubai's Urban Sprawl. In World View: Global Practices & Local Experience (pp. 112-115). New York, NY: Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Columbia University. 

Non Peer-Reviewed

Allawi, H. A. (2013). Somewhere in Between: The Possible Future of City Transportation. WTD Magazine Blog.

Allawi, H. A. (2012). Abu Dhabi: Urban Regeneration Considering Cultural Identity. William Kinne Travel Fellow Prize. (Independent Publication). 

Allawi, H. A. (2010). The Bastakiya Cohousing Community. Middle East Architect, 28.

Presentations

Conferences & Symposiums

Allawi, H. A.; Keenan, T. P. (2017). From Instant Cities to Smart Cities: Transforming Communities of Arab Gulf States. Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo. June 25 - 28 2017. Austin, Texas, USA.

Allawi, H. A. (2017). Implementing an Autonomous Rail Network for Salalah: An Initial Proposal. International Conference on Economic Development & Diversification (ICEDD). April 26 - 27 2017. College of Applied Sciences, Salalah, Oman.

Allawi, H. A.; Keenan, T. P. (2017). (Re)Integrating the Alleyway: Transforming Lost Spaces into Virtual Places. The 1st Annual Faculty of Environmental Design Research Conference. March 30 2017. University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Allawi, H. A. (2017). A Visual Journey Through the Varying Landscapes of the United Arab Emirates. The 1st Annual Faculty of Environmental Design Research Conference. March 30 2017. University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Allawi, H. A. (2017). Smarter Progress, Smarter Cities: (Re)Evaluating Urban Adaptation in GCC Cities. The 13th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium: What Does Progress Look Like?. March 9 - 10 2017. University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Allawi, H. A. (2017). Converting Instant Cities to Smart Cities of Arab Gulf States. Peer Beyond Graduate Research Symposium. February 22 2017. University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Allawi, H. A. (2016). Phases of Development: A Cultural, Societal & Environmental Overview of Abu Dhabi's Urban Morphology. The 2nd Annual International Conference on Urban Planning & Property Development. October 10 2016. Singapore.

Allawi, H. A. (2016). Abu Dhabi: A Brief History. Science in the Pub. September 6 2016. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Allawi, H. A. (2016). The Rise & Survival of Instant Cities: Re-adapting Abu Dhabi's Existing Urban Fabric. Thesis Poster Presentation. Faculty of Environmental Design. March 28 2016. University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Allawi, H. A. (2016). The Rise & Survival of Instant Cities: Re-adapting Abu Dhabi's Existing Urban Fabric. 3 Minute Thesis Competition. March 22 2016. University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Allawi, H. A. (2013). Columbia Alumni Association of the UAE Co-Leader (Representative). World Writer's Festival & Columbia Alumni Association Leaders' Weekend Conference. September 20 - 23 2013. Reid Hall, Paris, France.

Allawi, H. A.; Dong, C.; Stewart, F. (2011). East Harlem Low-Line. New York City Urban Design Week. August 2011. Studio-X, New York City, USA. 

Allawi, H. A. (2009). Kabul War Trauma Centre for Children. ICOGRADA Mousharaka Design Conference. February 2009. Doha, Qatar.

Invited Lectures

Allawi, H. A. (2008). Dubai: An Architect's Playground. Master of Architecture Program. July 2008. Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

 

Activities

September 2017 - Present 

Participant | Social Justice & Smart City Reading Group | University of Calgary

September 2017 - Present

Faculty Merit Council Student Committee Representative | EVDS Student Association 

January 2017 - Present

Organizing Committee Member | EVDS Annual Research Conference

August 2016 - Present

Vice President - Events | The Urban Research Network (TURN) | University of Calgary

Vice President - Membership & Communication (August 2016 - August 2017) The Urban Research Network (TURN) | University of Calgary

January 2016 - January 2017

Urban Design Volunteer | The City of Calgary (Design Workshops)

Fall 2015

EVDS Student Association Volunteer | Faculty of Environmental Design | University of Calgary

Academic Awards & Acheivements

2017 EVDS Travel Award | Faculty of Environmental Design | University of Calgary

2017 Civic Tech Category Shortlist | Project: 'Virtual AlleywaYYZ' | NXT City Prize | Toronto

2017 Graduate Representation Council Initiative Award | Graduate Student Association | University of Calgary

2016 EVDS PhD Continuing Scholarship | Faculty of Environmental Design | University of Calgary

2016 EVDS Travel Award | Faculty of Environmental Design | University of Calgary 

2016 Best Paper Award | Global Science & Technology Forum | Singapore

2016 Graduate Student Support Scholarship | University of Calgary

2015 EVDS Entrance Scholarship | Faculty of Environmental Design | University of Calgary

2012 Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize | Columbia University

2012 William Kinne Travel Fellowship Award | Columbia University

2011 Ali Adibi Distinguished Scholarship | Columbia University

Photograph of Hannah Allawi

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