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Yousif Al-Daffaie

Yousif Al-Daffaie


School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


I lead modules at both Bachelors and Master’s levels, mainly focusing on the integration of industry-standard software in the curriculum in an accessible manner, to prepare students for the different requirements of practice. The other area of focus is introducing students to the intangible aspects of architecture, addressing issues relating to culture, circular economy, diversity, and decolonisation. At the Master’s level, I supervise the student’s progress in producing a high-standard piece of academic work, as they develop a publishable thesis in a journal article style.

I am also a member of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism, and Global Heritage (CAUGH).

Career overview

After working in an architectural practice in Jordan, I commenced my MA in Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts – Canterbury, then continued my PhD in Architecture, Design, and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, focusing on cultural heritage, post-war countries, the architecture of memory, and architecture and place.

Throughout my PhD research, I have received multiple national and international awards, including the distinction prize from The Preparatory Office for WHIPIC, International Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO, for a video context that documents reconciliation processes in communities. I have also won the 3-Minute-Thesis award from De Montfort University and the University of Leicester.

I have also won the people’s choice award and 1st place at Nottingham Trent University’s 3-Minute-Thesis competition. The research was also recognised in the RIBA’s President awards for research and received the research and conference grant from the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

Sponsors and collaborators

I have collaborated with a number of universities for the dissemination of my research and to support the delivery of funded research projects, including the University of Nottingham at the Lakeside Arts to showcase the video, and deliver a talk on Mosul’s Old Town (

I have also been sponsored by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) to undertake my data-collection research field trip to Mosul (

As a part of the research group at the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism, and Global Heritage (CAUGH), I have supported the delivery of multiple research projects, collaborating with a number of national and international institutes. Below are some of the institutes we collaborated with:

  • The University of Leeds, The Jordanian University for Science and Technology, The Hashemite University, the Jordan Museum, GCRF, CBRL, and the Newton Fund for the delivery of the Umm Qais Heritage project (
  • The University of Mosul, University of Wasit, University of Leeds, the British Academy, the State Board for Antiquities and Heritage in Iraq, GCRF and ICCROM, for the delivery of the “Preserving the Disappearing Cultural Heritage of Post-War Mosul” Research project (

Press expertise

I am an expert in cultural heritage, tangible and intangible heritage, cultures, virtual heritage, global heritage, post-war countries, memories, societies’ reconciliation after trauma, and the sustainable development of communities.