Wissam Mansour

Full-time Assistant Professor
e-mail: wmansour@azmuniversity.edu.lb

Dr. Wissam Mansour is an architect, an urban specialist, and a researcher in the humanities and cultural studies. He holds a Master Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and a PhD from Birkbeck College, The University of London, following a PhD research program at the London Consortium. He has been teaching architecture in London and in Lebanon since 2005 and is currently assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture & Design [ARCHIDES] at AZM University. In 2007 he established OCCLUDE, an independent private advisory agency, offering expert research, design and development consultancy in the areas of Architecture and Urban Design, Urban Ecology, Urban Sociology, and Cultural Heritage Protection, especially in the context of Lebanon. Dr. Mansour’s main areas of expertise are Architectural and Urban Design, History and Theories of Architecture, and urban sociology. His current research rethinks urban experience and its transformations by social and material flows, as well as the politics and the structures of such transformations, including those relevant to occupation nuances, mobility and spatial resistance. He looks for the ecological prints that these transformations leave on the natural and the built environments he investigates, chasing vestiges of sustainable development in security sensitive contexts both on the human, urban and environmental levels. He has been involved in funding-awarded research projects on the modalities of urban reception of refugees and on Public Authorities and Legitimate Governance, both taking case studies in Urban Lebanon and Jordan.