Roudaina Al Khani,

Director and Founder

 

Chartered Member of the Danish Association of Architects - and urban planners

Member of the International Network of the Royal Town Planning Institute, UK

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Roudaina Al Khani  

Architect MAA (Registered in DK) DEA Urbanisme (FR) PHD Planning (DK) 

Director and Founder

I am an architect, urban and regional planner and development consultant with extensive experience in the planning and development fields. Beside running Platforms I am also Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at University of Westminster and Co-Course Leader of BA Designing Cities. I teach across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

I was born in 1963 and grew up in Damascus - a city that progressed around a tremendous treasure of humanity and culture. I studied architecture at the University of Damascus with prominent professors who opened my eyes to a world with no boundaries and a thirst to search knowledge and learning where these are found. With a bursary from the French Government in 1987-1991, I continued my postgraduate studies in Paris Planning Institute, Université Paris Est - Créteil Val De Marne, and achieved my postgraduate degree in 1988 in urban policy, spatial planning and management. I focused there on comparative metropolitan trends and planning, and how the transfer of planning practice and ideals manifests in different cultural, political and economic settings. I explored five great cities: Boston, Lyon, Damascus, Tunisia and Riyadh.

 

My research in comparative development, planning and restructuring trends, competitiveness and management in metropolitan areas culminated in my Ph.D. research in Denmark on the transformation of central and harbourfront areas and urban revitalisation in post industrial cities.

With the early support of the late Professor Hans Mammen of the Aarhus School of Architecture under the Modern City Programme I directed my attention to the North European region. Copenhagen - where I lived between 1991-2013 - was a main case study. I also explored Oslo, Gothenburg and Amsterdam. I continued my research at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen during 1998 - 2005  with Architect MAA Finn Barnow and Associate Professor Architect MAA Hans Ovesen making a significant contribution to waterfront redevelopment and regeneration research and to understanding the changes of modern cities under new conditions. My research also contributed significantly to planning research and research methods and to research on strategic planning, management and sustainability. 

 

My Ph.D. was based on both theoretical and practical approaches elaborating on an extensive interview enquiry with different stakeholders and ended up in cultivating an integrated qualitative approach to planning and sustainability. In this research I also explored possibilities and limitations of different planning systems, looking into the UK and the French planning systems - in addition to the Nordic ones. This gave me great insights into what works, the qualities resulting of different governance and partnership forms, and the aspects of governance and partnership models under different political systems.

 

My Ph.D. dissertation has been requested by several highly esteemed institutions, including MIT library, the National Library of Norway, The Royal Library of Denmark and the Library of the Arab Urban Development Institute. On the basis of my work, I was appointed member of the Scientific Committee of the World Wide Network of Port Cities based in France. 

 

My professional and academic background gathering architecture and planning has been a strong basis on which I built an exciting career in local governments in Denmark, advisory to Ministries and consultancy to international organisations.  Among other works, is my leadership In the City of Copenhagen of the multidisciplinary working groups that established the background for a new-thinking strategy for Copenhagen. This strategy was aimed at prompting Copenhagen as an environmentally sustainable city, socially inclusive and economically viable and competitive. My high-level consultancy to Syria included the transfer of sustainable development strategies and tools at the national, regional and urban levels. I was advisor to  the Sustainable Urban Development Programme - a national level agreement between the Governments of Germany and Syria where we worked with 16 Syrian cities. As a high-level advisor at a ministerial level, I offered consultancy and supervision at the national , regional and urban levels. This included feedback on Syria national Five Year Plan, strategies and planning for the Syrian cities, support to the planning system and its legal frameworks, and feedback to master planning activities in the big cities, including Damascus, Damascus Region and Aleppo.

 

My work for development NGOs while serving on the board of one of the leading Syrian NGOs with a national outreach, working for children, youth and women, gave a great depth to my planning approach and inspired integrating the human - social dimension into my planning activity at all levels. This reinforced my unique integrated approach to development and my work for more inclusive and prosperous cities and regions and more active economies and good living environments.

 

With my understanding of people and places, my professional and academic background and the privilege to work with problem solving at all scales and across different administrative levels and cultures, I develop genuine and innovative solutions for each locality and each community. Each project is unique and well tailored in dialogue with all concerned. It is the occasion for growing together with more understanding of challenges and potentials facing cities and regions, how to meet them, and how to benefit from them through sustainable solutions. 

 

I am very excited about founding Platforms for Sustainable Cities and Regions Ltd in London. Platforms will hopefully be yours.

 

You can read more about my earlier activity and positions in the attached files to the left.

A list of publication gives you an idea about my activities, including a big number of my papers, presentations and lectures and conferences I chaired and moderated. 

 

For more about my approach to development, space and sustainability, please follow the link:

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