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Professor Marga Jann

Professor Marga Jann

Visiting Research Fellow, Sociology. University of Cambridge

Professor & Chair, Architectural Engineering. American University of Kurdistan


Architect and Professor Marga Jann, AIA, RIBA, DPUC, a Visiting Research Fellow at U Cambridge and Fulbright Senior Scholar, has joined the American University of Kurdistan as Chair of the Department of Architectural Engineering. While a strong proponent of architecture as high art, she contends that sustainable, good design should be making its way into refugee and IDP camps and that upmarket affordable housing is a basic human right. Prof Jann received a BA with Honors in Sociology/Anthropology and Art/Art History from Swarthmore College, a three-year professional MArch degree from Columbia University, and a MSt in Architecture/Engineering from U Cambridge. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar at ENSBA (Beaux Arts) in Paris, and is a licensed architect in the US and Europe. Previous teaching posts have included Stanford University (CA & Paris) and Parsons School of Design (Paris). Marga is an award-winning architect and has worked around the world on government, housing, hospitality, school and luxury projects as well as on projects with a “social conscience”, particularly with her students in academe.

Research Interests

Refugee camps, shelter for displaced persons, disaster-relief housing, big data.

As an architect and planner I am particularly interested in how shelter and infrastructure can adapt to accommodate mass migration, through building on big data and analyzing satellite imagery, while considering the socio-cultural implications of displacement, homelessness, and natural as well as man-made disaster. I am also engaged in alternative energy for small island tropical states and large-scale sustainable post-disaster reconstruction (e.g. Sri Lanka, The Bahamas, Haiti, Kurdistan).