Community Voices Cardiff

Let's introduce you to the team

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Mhairi McVicar

Mhairi McVicar (Co-Investigator, Cardiff)

Mhairi is a Professor in the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) and Academic Lead of Cardiff University's Community Gateway, a platform collaborating with individuals and organisations in Grangetown, Cardiff, on partnership projects including the redevelopment of the community-owned Grange Pavilion. She is Chair of the Master of Architecture Year 2 at WSA and leads the Value Unit.
Mymuna Soleman

Mymuna Soleman (Community Partnerships manager, Cardiff)

Mymuna is a Somali-Welsh graduate from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a BSc in Health and Social care and an MSc in Applied Public Health. Mymuna is an activist, a poet and community champion for all issues relating to equality, diversity, race and white privilege and how people can use their privilege for good. Mymuna founded the Privilege Cafe in 2020, a virtual space with a focus on uplifing marginalised voices.
Shoruk Nekeb

Shoruk Nekeb (Student research intern, Cardiff)

Shoruk is from a Libyan background and has lived in Cardiff for the past 12 years. She is a graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture, and Co-Director of Grange Pavilion Youth Forum. Her role in CCQoL focuses on making sure children and young people feel able to express their opinions in spaces and platforms where they feel they belong.
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Ruchit Purohit (Research Assistant, Reading)

Ruchit is the Research Assistant overseeing the research project across the four nations, and will be joining the Cardiff team in May. His role is to make sure the data management is going as smooth as possible.

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Flora Samuel

Flora Samuel (Principal Investigator)

Flora is the lead principal of the CCQoL Project across the four nations; England (Reading), Wales (Cardiff), Scotland (Edinburgh) and Northern Ireland (Belfast). Flora is a Professor at the University of Reading. She was the first RIBA Vice President for Research and is lead author of the Social Value Toolkit for Architects (RIBA, 2020) and an industry expert on social value.
Stephanie Edwards

Stephanie Edwards (Project Partner)

Stephanie Edwards is an Architect, Urbanist and Cofounder of Urban Symbiotics – an insight and research led multi-disciplinary design practice that focuses on the user experience to innovate architecture, masterplanning and the public realm. She continues to focus on delivering social value through a variety of project types and scales to facilitate the building of inclusive, equitable and progressive communities.
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Cardiff University

The Cardiff team are based in the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
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University of Reading

The project is based at the University of Reading
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Quality of Life Foundation (Project Partner)

The Quality of Life Foundation is addressing the changes that can be made across the development industry to ensure that homes are acquired, planned, constructed, and managed to actively provide a better quality of life for everyone.Please describe what this organisation will be doing on the project.

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