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Farah W. Al-Hashimi

Doctoral Researcher in Architecture
School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Nottingham Trent University

Farah is an Architect, Designer and Architectural Researcher. She earned her BSc and MSc degrees both in Architectural Design from the University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq. She worked as assistant lecturer (on leave) in the University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

Farah's on-going PhD focuses on the change, development and continuity of the urban fabric in the old city of Erbil, concentrating on the methods of identifying the persistence elements and their individual and collective effectiveness on the urban fabric of cities. Currently Farah is a freelance architect aside her PhD study and working as an hourly paid lecturer in Nottingham Trent University.

Farah is also the managing partner and head of the creative design division in her own Bureau "Horizon for Architecture, Construction and Investment Consultation" in Kurdistan region, Iraq. Her projects vary from residential to commercial projects and spread over the cities of Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

Old citadel and new fabric
Part of the old citadel and the new skin that surrounds the suq as it is included in the government conservational process, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

Change in the suq area
Change in the suq area, Erbil city centre, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
Photo: Farah W. Al-Hashimi, 2013

Conservation work on the qaisaria of the suq
The suq's qaisaria during conservation work, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
Photo: Farah W. Al-Hashimi, 2013

Research, scholarly and professional interests

  • The old urban fabric of the Middle East and European cities
  • Urban and architectural space and design
  • Persistent elements in the old urban fabric
  • Conservation strategies and sustainable development
  • The impact of different factors on the change of the old urban fabric
  • The impact of new additions on the place
  • Particularity and identity of cities
  • The soul of the place