Karam Alkatlabe


Karam Alkatlabe received his BA in Architecture at Al-Baath University, Homs, Syria.  

After completing GPISH (2020), he went on to do his MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies (MAUS) at the University of Cambridge with a dissertation on "Rebuilding Syria: how will regional and international dynamics shape the urban reconstruction of Damascus? A case study of Marota City Project". 

In 2020 Karam was awarded the IIS Doctoral Scholarship to pursue a PhD in Architecture at Cambridge University. His thesis is provisionally entitled "Rebuilding Syria: What is the future of housing and informal settlements in post-war Damascus in light of the current reconstruction process?" This research will focus on proposing tentative solutions to rebuild the housing structure of Damascus. 

Previously, Karam worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Architecture at Al-Baath University in Syria, and as a Building Operation Supervisor for Aga Khaninfo-icon Foundation (AKF) Syria between 2015 and 2017. He has engaged with different organisations to approach the housing crisis in troubled areas like Syria. Karam has received a scholarship from the Cambridge Trust and Wolfson College to contribute to funding the first year of his PhD programme at Cambridge.