Dr Merate Barakat

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  • Qualifications:AIA, Ph.D., M.Arch, M.Sc., B.Sc.
  • Position:Senior Lecturer - Computational Architecture
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 87158
  • Email:Merate.Barakat@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Merate Barakat is an AIA (American Institute of Architects) architect with international experience, pervasive media expert, and academic researcher. She is a HEA Fellow and has expertise in teaching architectural design, computational thinking, and design methods in multiple countries, including the UK, the US, and Egypt.


Merate research focuses on developing design-decision aiding tools codifying and embedding qualitative concepts in the flow of computational systems, including sound perception and ecological impact, social response to stimulus, spatial habitation, and the designers’ intuition. Currently, Dr Barakat conducts these investigations as a Data Fellow of the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN), Co-I on the Connect Everything II (CEII) Network project, namely Intelligent Embedded Empathy, and Co-I on the EPSRC Sustainable Digital Society funded GLOW-Energy Nested Bio System Flow – from the Home to the hub.


Dr Barakat has identified and worked towards filling the gap of readily available design concepts, metrics and tools to integrate acoustic sensory data into the architectural practice design flow. She received her PhD from the Architectural Association (AA) School in London. Dr Barakat’s design-based contribution is developing and calibrating a decision-aiding tool informed by soundscape and psychoacoustics concepts to generate sonic urban morphological patterns. The simulation tool can predict qualitative patterns mediated by codified aural perceptual data and translates them into spatial attributes within a modelled urban space.


Currently, Merate is looking at merging computational research like immersive technologies and embedded intelligent systems within a perceptual investigation, namely Ambient intelligence. Her goal is to understand human response to the ambient character of space: How do we recognise and negotiate with our environment? How does that spatial recognition aid the user in navigating, claiming territory, and defining citizenship? Moreover, what is the impact of our ambience on the environment?

Area of expertise

Computation Design

Urban Soundscape Design
Sonic Responsive Design

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