Dina K. Shehayeb, is a professor in the Institute of Architecture and Housing, at the Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC) in Cairo, Egypt, as well as the principle of her private consultancy firm Shehayeb CONSULT. Graduated as an architect in 1984, she earned her Ph.D. Degree in Architecture and Environment-Behaviour Studies from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 1995 focusing on human aspects in design and planning. Specialized in transdisciplinary research, she works on bridging the gap between the physical built environment and its socio-psychological and cultural dimensions. She worked with the Aga Khan Cultural Services- Egypt, German Technical cooperation - GTZ, Egypt, the Institut de Recherche et Development _ IRD, France, the UNHabitat Gender Unit, Nairobi, Oikodrom, Vienna, and UCLA on commissioned research projects and research-based intervention in upgrading and rehabilitation projects.