Reem A. Albarakat

Reem A. Albarakat

Profile

Reem Albarakat is a PhD researcher of Architecture and Urbanism and a part-time lecturer at the Applied Science University in Jordan. 
She obtained her Master's degree at the Jordan University of Science and Technology 2014, on her research "The Architecture of Participation: a study of virtual communities members' behaviour as an approach to the physical version of cyberspace". 
Reem's experience includes working as a lecturer at Yarmouk University, Jordan, prior to attending her PhD program, as well as participating as a team member of the Revolt In Square research project during her study. 

Research interests

Research Group: Architecture & Urbanism 

Speciality: Digital Architecture / Humanities in architecture

Reem's interdisciplinary research focuses on the relationship between the people and their spaces, through their lived experience. She was always influenced by the Lebanese Architect Rahif Fayad who creates and utilises characters [in the novelist way] in his writings that discuss the buildings and spaces through their interaction with people. The research was built on “the Field” theory of Pierre Bourdieu, which provided an abstracted model of the relationship between space, people and actions; and enabled to move continuously between the individual and crowd scales.  
In her PhD, Reem investigates "The spatial-temporal production of public space within the context of demonstration", through "mapping the unrest collective practices of Beirut Central District." In this research, Reem focuses on the development of the manifestations of contesting the spaces of Downtown Beirut in their daily uses as well as the phases of urban unrest. The case of Beirut served the research with a well-established case of endless chapters of the spatial contestation during the routine and non-routine uses of the squares [and their surroundings]. ArcGIS was widely utilised through the research to build up the multi-layered understanding of the different elements of the scene of the square. 

Find out more about Reem’s PhD journey in this 2-minutes video:

https://youtu.be/IzSRkCqfJmA 

Qualifications

  • MSc in Architectural Engineering - Jordan University of Science and Technology
  • BSc in Architectural Engineering - Jordan University of Science and Technology