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Ru'a Al-Abweh

Spatial Design, Placemaking, and Storytelling Strategist
Amman Governorate, Jordan
Ru’a Al-Abweh is an Urban Designer, Planner, and Architect by training and a storyteller at heart. Passionate about all things community and public space -from design, to resilience, to engagement- she believes in a built environment that is flexible, incremental, and "unfinished". She believes that her role as an urban designer is to facilitate, convene, and create the conditions for community prosperity and wellbeing.

Ru'a is currently the Spatial Design, Placemaking, and Storytelling Strategist at Civic, (www.civic.co), an up-and-coming social enterprise which aims to transform the system of community development around the world. She is leading a growing team in Jordan to develop global strategies, tools, and spaces that allow "unlikely allies" to envision, design, and create the communities they desire. She is also involved in projects in Birmingham and London.

Ru'a completed a Master of Urban Planning at the University of Washington (UW) in 2017, where she specialized in Community-Based Public Space Planning and Design for Global Challenges. Her thesis, entitled "What Makes People Feel at Home? Reframing Home and Homelessness Through Stories from Seattle's Tent City 3" challenges and deconstructs the perceptions of home through the perspective of an unsettled community. After completing her master’s degree, she worked at the San Francisco City Planning Department. Before her time in the US, Ru'a was part of the Site Planning and Shelter Unit at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Jordan. She worked mainly on the transitional shelter and site planning for Azraq Camp, in addition to coordinating shelter projects in urban and rural settings. Ru'a also has a B.Sc. in Architecture from the German Jordanian University.

As a third culture kid (TCK), Ru’a has lived in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Germany, and the USA, in addition to traveling throughout the Middle East and Europe.

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Monday, September 10