Miss Mena Kasem
- Adeilad Bute, Ystafell 1.40, Rhodfa'r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3NB
I am an architect and a lecturer assistant at Zagazig University, Egypt. Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), and a Welsh School of Architecture Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee member.
I was awarded Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Zagazig University in 2016 (very good with honours). Then I started teaching as a demonstrator at Zagazig university in different undergraduate courses including architectural design studio, architecture construction and building material, urban design, and sciagraphy & perspective, I also worked with students on their graduation projects. Meanwhile, I was working as a freelancer on different scale national and international projects ranging from residential, clinics, squares, and compounds, to social & athletic clubs. In 2020 I was awarded a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering from Zagazig University. In the same year, I was awarded Interior Design Professional Diploma from The American University in Cairo.
After M.Sc. I worked as a lecturer assistant at Zagazig University, I engaged in studio tutoring and participated in teaching several courses including architectural design studio, architecture construction and building material, and urban design. In October 2021 I started my PhD at Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture. In 2022 I have participated in several teaching activities in WSA.
I have always been interested in the relationship between the people and the buildings, and how they interact with them. Listening and engaging with people have always been my favourite part of the research. This led me in my M.Sc. to study the effect of smart buildings on the employees' satisfaction, my thesis titled " Buildings Automation System Impact on Internal Environment: Office Buildings' User Satisfaction as Case Study". Now in my PhD research I am looking into how public buildings can be more friendly for people with learning disabilities based on their perspective, as the research's main focus is the prioritization of people with learning disabilities in shaping the built environment they use every day.