Research at Leeds Beckett
About Alia Fadel
Dr. Alia Fadel is an educator, architect and landscape architect, biophilic design consultant, and ethnographic observation specialist in urban settings and collegiate campuses. Her teaching and practical experience extends to include notable international academic institutions in Egypt, USA, and UK.
Dr. Fadel accomplished both her Master of Landscape Architecture and Doctorate Degree of Philosophy in Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, USA. Dr. Fadel’s doctoral research, entitled “Transitional Cultured-Nature: A Comprehensive Framework of Biophilic Analysis Investigating On-Campus Restorative Intervals for Student Stress Mitigation,” received the “2018 PhD Program Best Dissertation Award” from the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the “2019 ARCC Dissertation Award Honorable Mention” from The Architectural Research Centers Consortium, USA. Throughout her academic and professional career, Dr. Fadel received several prestigious awards, including Fulbright Master Degree Program Scholarship, Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate Scholarship, and University of Chicago (Campus Planning + Sustainability) PhD Cooperative Education Internship.
Dr. Fadel’s research, teaching, and practice interest includes biophilic design and planning, architectural and landscape architectural applications of Interval Biophilic Restoration for human physiological, psychological, and emotional health and productivity, systematic observation-based research and analysis, and diagnostic post-occupancy studies.
As she believes in the ethical responsibility to research and design for human health and well-being, Dr. Fadel’s scholarly work focuses on the interrelationship between Design, Health, and Contact with Nature in Urban Settings. It aims at investigating the design applications of Interval Biophilic Restoration (IBR) to mitigate stress, support health, and prompt productivity. It explores the multidisciplinary historical and theoretical premises of the evolutionary basis and scientific foundation of Biophilia in addition to its design applications. Considering the growing concerns underlying psychological and emotional health in academic environments, Dr. Fadel’s PhD research focused on both macro and micro scales of stress-alleviating opportunities that result when students interact with on-campus nature and mediums of nature-simulation. Her research introduced a concentric growth approach to observation-based methodology for designing and employing a Comprehensive Framework of Biophilic Analysis. This Framework aims at investigating the potentials of on-campus mediums of “Transitional Cultured-Nature” (Fadel 2016) to provide restorative intervals for student stress mitigation. Anchored in the ethnographic observation-based methodology she established, tested, and implemented in her PhD research, Dr. Fadel’s ongoing scholarly work aims at further investigating this systematic, yet interactive, approach to biophilic analysis to capture, analyze, and document the biophilic moments in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism.