Nour became a planner because she believes – when done right – planning has the ability to tackle some of our cities’ greatest problems. Hailing from Aleppo, Syria, Nour has lived and worked in Kuwait, Montreal, and Boston before settling here in Houston. Nour is passionate about post-conflict planning, refugee integration, and public transportation. Her MIT Masters thesis evaluated the state of public transportation in Kuwait and developed a framework to assess industry structure models for the regulation of public transportation. She is excited to be a planner in a context as unique as Houston’s and hopes to be able to use her planning knowledge in the Middle East, and specifically her native Syria.Prior to joining Askaura Robinson, Nour completed her Masters degree in City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Risk Assurance consultant in their Middle East offices. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Sociology from McGill University. In her free time, Nour is an avid reader of fiction novels, watcher of horror movies, and eater of chocolate cookies.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
Right now, I would love to work on a project in Mosul. The city has a unique topography, and it would be so interesting to study how that topography affects placemaking during reconstruction efforts, especially in the context of religious and cultural identity.
How do you have fun at work?
Learning more about my colleagues by asking philosophical questions that get to the core of who they are as people. 🙂
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
To be able to visually show stakeholders in cities and communities the impact of decisions made today in 5-year increments.