Professor of Architecture, King Abdelaziz University
Noura Ghabra is a Sustainability Consultant and Assistant Professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. Ghabra graduated from King Faisal University in Dammam as an interior architect with second honors in 2006 and had a professional experience at Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants. Then she pursued postgraduate studies in 2011 at the University of Nottingham where she obtained a master’s degree in architecture in Environmental Design. Her dissertation, focusing on the environmental performance of traditional Red Sea Style, received a distinction and was nominated for the RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards for masters’ dissertations in 2012. In addition, her team was a winner at the CTBUH International Student Tall Building Design Competition in 2012. Ghabra received her PhD in Architecture in 2018 from the University of Nottingham, specialising in energy efficiency strategies for tall buildings in hot climates. She is particularly interested in environmental design strategies focusing on different aspects of sustainability involving energy efficiency and user comfort and has several peer-reviewed publications on those topics. Her professional direction aims to develop Human-Centric Design solutions that go beyond the micro-scale of buildings, where it extends to the macro-scale to enhance the quality of the urban and built environment. She is currently working as a consultant in the documentation and evaluation of historical buildings in the Historic Jeddah District.