Paul Moawad

Researcher

Paul Moawad (M.Arch., MSc., PhD Researcher) is an architect, a lecturer and a doctoral researcher at UCL (BSP). His background is in architecture, urban design and real estate development spanning over 20 years of field and academic experience.  He has been part of award-winning architectural teams receiving IIDA and AIA awards for designs of corporate workplaces, educational facilities, libraries and public places. He also taught design studios at the Corcoran Art & Design School in Washington DC and co-taught real estate development courses at Columbia University as a GTA. Additionally, he served as a guest critic and has been invited to give seminars at UCL (BSP) and Imperial College London. His research interests focus on temporary urbanism, informal settlements, migration and refugees, temporariness and modalities of power and waiting. He is currently a lecturer of architecture and urban design studios in Lebanon and recently launched the BeBeirut Architects’ pro-bono initiative after the Beirut Port Blast rebuilding over 620 damaged housing units in partnership with local partners and currently designing and building children playgrounds for affected local schools. Recent works include:  Tackling COVID-19 in informal tented settlements (Lebanon): an assessment of preparedness and response plans and their impact on the health vulnerabilities of Syrian refugees (with Lauren Andres, Journal of Migration and Health). Decoding Syrian Refugees’ Covid-19 Vulnerability in Informal Tented Settlements: a Community/Refugee-Led Approach to Mitigate a Pandemic Outbreak (with Lauren Andres, Town Planning Review); Temporary forms of urbanism in contested urban spaces in Lebanon: the case of Dbayeh camp (Springer).

Paul Moawad

Recent London posts

Planning for residential ‘value’ in London?

Planning for residential ‘value’ in London?

Image by David SamuelIn a seminar for the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, London WHIG team member Nicola Livingstone reflected on findings from a recently published paper that explores planning for ‘value’ through densification. ​The paper...

The Geographies of Viability Planning

The Geographies of Viability Planning

In a recent new publication Whig researchers Jess Ferm and Mike Raco explore the geographies of viability-driven planning reform in England.Drawing on interviews and fieldwork in London and the North East region, the paper reflects on the variable outcomes and...

Towards an understanding of the role of debt

Towards an understanding of the role of debt

Given our focus on investment into residential real estate, an essential dimension is understanding how housing fits more broadly within the financialized economy of the UK (and the Netherlands and France).  An important but under engaged within urban studies part of...