Sana Murrani-Cooke

Sana Murrani is an urban theorist and an experimental architect. She currently holds the position of Associate Head of School for Graduate Affairs for the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Plymouth, UK. This is in addition to her role as the Stream Leader for History and Theory of Architecture and Critical Context. She studied architecture at Baghdad University School of Architecture at both under-graduate and post-graduate level. Sana is a member of the Planetary Collegium’s CAiiA-Hub in Plymouth, UK where she undertook her PhD on the subject of theoretical encounters and the critique of architectural representation and material culture under the influence of technology. She is the founder of the Displacement Studies Research Network, working at the intersection between displacement, heritage, and creativity to research, share, and enhance the impact and power of the creative agencies of displaced peoples, their culture, identity, heritage, health and well-being. Sana’s main research interest is in the field of critical urban theory and spatial practice with a particular focus on the transient conditions of post conflict spatial practices. In her work Sana uses inter/trans-disciplinary methodologies such as second-order cybernetics, spatial cognition, transmedia representation tools/mapping, and digital anthropology. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and participated in international conferences and workshops. Sana is currently a reviewer for Leonardo Reviews: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology and is a guest reviewer for Routledge Architecture section. Sana recently became a member of the ESRC Global Challenge Research Fund Peer Review College.

Lecturer in Architecture and Associate Head of School of Art, Design and Architecture for Graduate Affairs
University of Plymouth
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Focus area: Architecture, Urban Planning, Built Environment, Cultural Practices, Social Practice, Design, Locative, Mapping, GPS