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Department of Geography


Somaiyeh Falahat (Dr.–Ing.)

Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow



Somaiyeh Falahat is an architect and urban planner with an interest in urban development, theory, and culture. She is currently running a project funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie scheme, in which she engages with emerging meanings of publicness in Tehran and Casablanca.

As a researcher at University of Cambridge and an academic member at Berlin University of Technology, she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award and grants from the German Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany), Gerda Henkel Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service. Somaiyeh led the international programme of Participatory Urban Regeneration: Berlin, Cairo, Istanbul and Tehran between 2013-2015 and sat on the scientific board of the fellowship project, Mahalle meets Stadtquartier: Berlin, Istanbul, Rabat and Tehran between 2014 and 2016. Both projects explored planning and design processes at the intersection of formal and informal urban dynamics at the neighbourhood scale.

She co-organised workshops and exhibitions in Istanbul (Ārnāvutköy neighbourhood centre) and Tehran (Furūzish neighbourhood association). She has also been a visiting scholar at University of California Berkeley, University of Newcastle and Oxford Brookes University, and a guest lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and SOAS London.

Somaiyeh authored Cities and Metaphors (Routledge, 2018; translated to Persian in 2020), and Re-imaging the City(Springer, 2014; translated to Persian in 2018), and published in international journals on urban development, design, culture and history.



Cities and Metaphors: Beyond Imaginaries of Islamic Urban Space Re-imaging the City - a Conceptualisation of Urban Logic of the 'Islamic City' New Town versus Old Town: Study on the Urban Form and Energy Efficiency

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Shirazi, R., Falahat, S. (2017): Facilitator Offices: a Participatory Tool for Regenerating Degraded Areas? In: Citizens’ Participation in Urban Planning and Development in Iran, Eds. Dienel, H., Shirazi, R., Schröder, S. (Abington: Routledge).
  • Falahat, S. (2013): Energy Efficient Micro-urban Prototypes. In: Energy and Sun, Eds. Eltrop, L., Tesling, T. (Berlin: Jovis Verlag), 140-153.
  • Falahat, S. (2013): Simulation of Reference Halls in Iran. In: Architectural Progression, a Handbook, Eds. Bohm, A., Frank, U. (Berlin: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin), 101-104.


  • Since 2016: Part II Global Urbanism (contributions and supervisions)
  • 2017: Part IA Cultural Geography (supervisions)