About Marwa

Marwa Al-Dabooni received a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Siegen (Germany), where she specialized on ‘‘Planning and Building in Existing Structures’’ after having obtained a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Built Environment, including an international exchange year in Germany (Leipzig and Berlin).

In Berlin, she took up the opportunity to work on international projects and to be part of the design team of a new football stadium for Tripoli (Libya) at one of the most renowned German architectural offices, gmp Architekten (Gerkan, Marg und partners).

During her master studies at Siegen University, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Building Economy and Management.

Her master thesis dealt with the upgrading of the main train station of Hagen (Germany) for German Railways (Deutsche Bahn). This project includes a rehabilitation concept of the existing station building for hosting a presence-learning centre of Hagen University, one of Europe's biggest distance universities.

Marwa Al-Dabooni's scientific focus is on dealing and upgrading existing architectural structures. Accordingly, she chose the topic of revitalization of post-war architecture in her hometown Baghdad for her doctorate, which she is currently on at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (University of Karlsruhe). The research deals with post-war architecture (after 2003) and its deficiencies in the core city of Baghdad. It analyzes the semiotic approach of such architecture as a result of the inconsistency between real housing conditions and citizens’ imagination on how architecture should look like.

Her studies have contentiously been supported by scholarships. Besides, she has gained several international architectural practices from Middle East and European region.

Since May 2015, she represents her fellow PhD candidates as the Chairwoman of the Doctoral Candidates’ Convent at the Board of the Faculty of Architecture.