Heba Shoaib

Heba Shoaib is a Humphrey Fellow from Egypt at MIT’s Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) for 2023-2024. The Humphrey Fellowship, which is funded by the United States Department of State, it is intended for mid-career professionals from developing countries to come to a U.S. university for a year of study and related professional experience. She has a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Cairo University, a Masters of Landscape and Environmental Planning from Scuola Superiore di Catania in Italy, and a PhD in Urban Design and Community Development from Cairo University. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor there where she leads architectural and urban design studios at Cairo University and Academy for Science and Technology.

Heba’s previous professional experience was as a project manager and consultant at Takween Integrated Community Development where she worked on architecture, urban design, heritage conservation and planning projects with a range of international agencies including UNESCO, UNHCR and UN-Habitat. She is particularly interested in participatory public space design, urban upgrading projects related to the urban commons such as public markets, social infrastructure, etc., conducting neighborhood urban development plans, urban research and community engagement practices. While at MIT, she is studying new approaches and advanced technologies in urban design and planning, and specifically in achieving sustainable solutions for more inclusive urban spaces in the built environment.