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Mena Kasem

Miss Mena Kasem

Research student

Bute Building, Room 1.40, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB


I am a PhD student at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. My academic background includes a BSc and MSc in Architecture Engineering from Zagazig University, as well as an interior design diploma from the American University in Cairo. My research activities focus on the relationship between architecture and its users, particularly disabled users. I am deeply committed to the principles of inclusive design and believe that every person, regardless of their ability, should have access to spaces that are functional, safe, and beautiful.

As an architecture educator, I have been privileged to teach in both the United Kingdom and Egypt, reflecting upon the cultural difference between the two contexts. My passion towards inclusive design is reflected in my teaching as I inspire and mentor the next generation of future architects towards creating inclusive designs. As an architectural professional, I have experience in a diverse range of projects, from interior design to urban design. In addition, I have a unique experience working in the third sector to support the self-advocacy of people with learning disability. Following my passion, and reflecting upon my research activities and  teaching.

In summary, I am a multifaceted architect who is dedicated to creating spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and accessible for all. Whether teaching, researching or consulting, I am committed to pushing the boundaries of the cultural concepts of disability and challenging the inefficient codes and regulations. And I always look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the built environment.

- Welsh School of Architecture Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee member.
- Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Research Student Symposium 2023 committee member.
- PGR Exhibition Lead 2022 and 2023.


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.

As the voice of people with a learning disability is vital for my PhD research, a collaboration was made with Cardiff People First, which is a self-advocacy and community advocacy organisation, that is run by and for people with a learning disability in Cardiff. Moreover, a co-researcher Zarah Kaleem was recruited to support the research accessibility and facilitate communication.


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