Noheir Elgendy

Adjunct Professor

Noheir Elgendy is an urbanist and researcher based in Toronto with practical and teaching experience in architecture and urban design across the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Her expertise lies in sustainable design, urban regeneration, and participatory planning. She is a dedicated advocate for Urban Justice, focusing on the rights and experiences of minorities, racialized individuals, and marginalized community members.

Aside from her academic pursuits, Noheir plays an active role in creating a tangible impact in her community. She serves as the executive director of QED, a nonprofit organization, and is a board member of the Women for Justice Foundation. Additionally, she is affiliated with the Center for Refugee Studies at York University. Her hands-on engagement with refugees and newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) allows her to gain valuable insights into the specific challenges faced by these vulnerable groups.

In 2023, Noheir received the Leading Social Justice Fellowship from the School of Cities at the University of Toronto. This fellowship provided her with an opportunity to collaboratively develop a project titled "Fearless Cities: Fighting Gendered-Islamophobia and Racism in Toronto Public Spaces." Her dedication has also earned her several other awards and fellowships. Moreover, her individual and collaborative efforts have been showcased in various international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 2016, Bergamo in 2010, and Lausanne Jardins in 2009.

Noheir's true passion lies in using research-backed strategies and hands-on support to bring about positive change in marginalized communities and she strongly advocates for sustainable and inclusive urban development.