Yanya is a Ph.D. student at the University of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urbanism research group. She graduated from Coventry University with a first hons bachelor’s degree in interior architecture and design. Before going to the next higher education, she an exhibitor at the New Designer London 2019 and was nominated for multiple awards for transforming the industrial heritage building into an intergenerational education centre. After, she received a master’s degree in architecture and urbanism from the Manchester School of Architecture (an innovative collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester).

Now Yanya focuses on intergenerational practice in public squares. She has passion to promote the inclusive environment for different generation activity in public spaces, to creating more high-quality intergenerational contact zones in real society.

She simulates researching her Ph.D. project to analysis of the roles of urban squares environment in improving intergenerational social interaction. The research will base on the use of public squares in the Leeds city centre. Currently, she is supervised by the Hoffman Wood Professor of Architec-ture and Deputy Director – Professor Gehan Selim; and co-supervisor by anthropologist Dr. Katie McQuaid (Senior Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Leeds).

Research interests

Research Group: Architecture and Urbanism

Interest Fields: Inclusive Design; Social interaction; Intergenerational Activity; Community cohesion; Architectural Animation; Low-Income Housing



  • Manchester School of Architecture - MA Architecture and Urbanism
  • Coventry University - BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design