Hind Ottmani holds an MArch (Hons) from the National School of Architecture of Morocco and an MSc Urban Development Planning (Dist) from University College London’s Bartlett School of Planning.
She has worked on prominent construction and urban development projects in Africa, Asia, and Europe, including collaborations with world renowned architecture firms like Zaha Hadid Architects (for Rabat Grand Theatre) and Morphosis Architects (for the Casablanca Finance City tower). She has also worked on the planning and management of a smart city in an environmentally and politically sensitive region of the world, which has raised her interest in the notion of risk and crises in cities.
Her interest is focused on risks and crisis management in cities of the Global South, looking at the linkages between planning theory and practices and power relations in cities. She is particularly interested in looking at the concept of crisis through the lenses of spatial justice and the right to the city, and the potential for transformative planning practices in political transition contexts — that is, exploring the potential for transformative change in a political transition context, and how crisis management can facilitate this transformation towards more social justice in the city, in both its distributional and institutional dimensions.