• SUMMARY

    I am a Swiss architect, urbanist, and musician and I graduated with a Doctor of Design in Urbanism from Harvard University. I am passionate about designing with, and not against, Nature and Mother Earth and going beyond our Anthropocentric view of the world to include all living organisms in a balanced development. I am teaching at Qatar University, mainly to female students, whom I am committed to empowering and inspiring to become future leaders in the fields of sustainable and holistic architecture and urban design. I am interested in multidisciplinary research and projects that bring together the arts, the sciences and engineering and my research focuses on Regenerative Urban systems, Food Urbanism and Urban Biodiversity in Drylands, Blue Urbanism and Water Sensitive Urban Design, Ecological Planning in Conflict Landscapes, Urban Legacies of Mega Events, Public Art and Public Space. My projects and research have taken me beyond Europe to Iran, Cyprus, Korea, Japan, Australia, the Balkans, Turkey and the USA. My professional experience includes working for the Mayors office in Geneva and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. I have produced and performed with the musical projects Desert Bridges in Qatar, Sufi Moon in Pakistan, and Bordermeetings in Switzerland.

    Specialties: Urban Legacies of Mega Events, Food Urbanism, Sustainable Urban and Landscape Design, Systems and Symbiosis Design, Liminal Landscapes, Participatory Ecological Planning in Areas of Conflict, Ephemeral Architectures and Urban Scenographies, Geobiology, Architecture and Music
  • MY MOTTO

    REACH FOR THE SUN AND THE STARS
    TAKE CARE OF MOTHER EARTH AND THE OCEANS
    SPREAD YOUR LOVE AND LIGHT 
     
     
     
     
     

  • EDUCATION

    Harvard University

    Doctor of Design Urbanism
    Thesis title "Boundaryscapes. Recasting the Green Line of Cyprus.
    Thesis Director: Professor Juan Busquets. Co-Director: Professor Hashim Sarkis and Svetlana Boym.

    University of Geneva

    D.E.S. Diploma of Advanced Studies in Urbanism & Planning - 
    Diploma in Architecture 1990

    D.E.S. "Rupture, Trace, Memory. Reterritorializing a Border Brown Field. The Berlin Wall." Diploma in Architecture. "Berlin. The Walls of History. A Project for the Berlin Wall."

  • ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

    Qatar University

    Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Engineering – Present
    Teaching courses on Sustainable Urban and Landscape Design, Urban Design in Practice, Regeneration Design and Design Studio. Courses Taught (Two academic years prior to current visit): Architecture and Allied Arts, Sustainable Urban & Landscape Design, Thesis focuses on Urban Design, Practical Training, Introduction to Urban Design and Planning, Architectural Design Studios, and Design and Regeneration.

    HEAD University of Art and Design, Geneva

    Visiting Critic, Lecturer and Researcher – Present
    A member of the International Interdisciplinary Research Project "The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG)".  TAAG is a research project at HEAD-Genève/Geneva School of Art and Design and is supported by the Swiss National Scientific Foundation (SNSF). Also participated in the research project "Memorial Policies, Initiatives & Artistic Practices: The Presence of Missing Persons in the Public Sphere. The project is initiated by the Critical Cross-Cultural Cyber Media Program at the University of Art and Design (HEAD), Geneva, Switzerland

    University of Vermont

    Adjunct Professor – Aug 2012
    Co-teaching a summer course on Environemntal Peace Building in the Balkas Peace Park between Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania.

    Harvard University

    Teaching and Research Fellow – Jun 2008

    Graduate School of Design. Teaching Fellow for the following courses: Graduate Urban Design ProSeminar with Professor Joan Busquets; Designing the American City with Professor Alex Krieger; Design Studio on a Harvard Campus in Cyprus for the Harvard School of Public Health with Professor Spiro Pollalis; Research Fellow for the publication and exhibition Cities X Lines: Approaches to City and Open Territory Design directed and edited by Professor Joan Busquets and Felipe Correa; Studio Instructor of the Career Discovery Summer Program at the Graduate School of Design. Invited lectures at the School of Public Health.

    MIT

    Visiting Researcher, Department of Urban Studies and Planning – Dec 2008

    Associated with the Jerusalem 2050 is a visionary and problem-solving project jointly sponsored by MIT's Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Center for International Studies. Carried out research related to envisioning peace in divided cites and territories and was invited as a Guest Speaker at the Center for International Studies which hosted the Jerusalem Seminar Series to speak on peace parks and the reclamation of physical barriers in the urban built environment.

    Columbia University

    Visiting Design Critic – 2007
    Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis.
  • GRANTS, PRIZES & RECOGNITIONS

    CWSP Grant Qatar National Research Fund

    Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator. 2016

    Awarded a Grant for Conference Workshop Sponsorship for Sustainable Urbanism: New Directions. An International Workshop held on 21st March 2016 at QNCC and a panel at ARC16 Conference. http://www.sustainableurbanismqatar.com

    Cultural Ambassador - Out of Valais

    Bicentennial of the Canton of Valais 2015

    Nominated as an Cultural Ambassador for the Swiss Abroad to represent the Valaisans living out of the Canton of Valais in celebration of the 200 year celebration of joining the Swiss Confederation in 1815. The project was sponsored by the Fondation pour le development durable des regions de Montagne. FDDRD. A Film produced by Mauro Losa on Anna's life in Qatar was screened at the Bicentenary Celebrations in Valais on 7th and 8th August 2015. The Music on the Video is by Desert Bridges.

    Watch the film here https://vimeo.com/136286449

    UREP. Qatar National Research Fund

    Primary Research Mentor. 2014-2015.

    Recipient of a grant from the Undergraduate Research Experience Program for the project entitled The Role of Public Art in Doha's Contemporary
    Urban Realm.
    With students Urshi Khan, Noof Al Thani, Angelica Caccayam, Sara Al-Sada. http://blogs.qu.edu.qa/publicarturepresearch/

    UREP. Qatar National Research Fund

    Primary Research Mentor. 2013-2014

    Recipient of a grant from the Undergraduate Research Experience Program for the project entitled Designing for Food Security. Investigating Productive Landscapes in Doha. With students Nussyba Abdalgader Eribi, Asmaa Saleh AL-Mohannadi, Reem Awwad.
    2013-2014. http://blogs.qu.edu.qa/foodurbanismdoha/

    IMERA Art-Science Residency Grant

    Principal Investigator. 2014

    Grant for the Art-Science Residency Program at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies Marseille for the project The Cyprus GreenLineScapes Laboratory. A Digital and Dynamic Atlas of Ecological Cooperation. Conducted with six international artists and scientists.
    http://rfiea.fr/fellows/equipe-cyprus-greenlinescapes-laboratory

    Ministry of Culture Qatar

    Project Co-Leader. 2013

    Funding for the Cultural Exchange Project and Performance Desert Bridges at the Qatar National Theater with local and international musicians and artists. In collaboration with the Swiss Embassy in Qatar. April 2013.

    https://www.facebook.com/DesertBridges

    Start Up Grant

    Principal Investigator. 2011-2012

    Funding for the research project Qatarscapes. Landscapes of Seven Ecologies.

    Swiss Young Talents

    Anna was recognized as a Swiss Young Talent during her time at Harvard GSD and invited to present her work to Swiss Academic Leaders at the Scientific Consulate. Swissnex is a public-private venture and is part of a network of outposts in San Francisco, Bangalore, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro. Along with individual science and technology counselors around the world, Swissnex works on behalf of Switzerland to expand education, research, and innovation.

    Penny White Prize GSD Harvard

    2007

    Recipient of a grant from the Penny White Prize by the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University for the research project. The Penny White Prize was awarded to document the Buffer Zone that separates North and South Cyprus as a physical and cultural landscape, as a means of investigating the opportunities and potential of this dividing line as a backbone of a future reunification of the island and as a catalyst for reconciliation articulated around environmental landscape projects.

    World Knowledge Dialogue

    Workshop and Project Leader. 2010

    Grant for a workshop. Interdisciplinarity in Action: A Practical Experience of Interdisciplinary Research. An Atlas Beyond Borders: Zones of Peace and Ecological Cooperation. In collaboration with Dr. Saleem Ali, Institute of Environmental Diplomacy and Security, University of Vermont. 2010.
    https://issuu.com/adrien.moreillon/docs/world_knowledge_dialogue_2010/12

    UNESCO Switzerland

    Project Leader and Performer. 2002

    Cultural Grant for the Sufi Moon Cultural Laboratory, Switzerland/Pakistan to support the launch concert of the Sufi Moon CD at Usine a Gaz in Nyon, Switzerland.
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sufimoon

    ProHelvetia. Swiss Arts Council

    Project Leader and Performer. 2002

    Cultural Grant for the Sufi Moon Cultural Laboratory, Switzerland/Pakistan to support a CD Recording and performances in Switzerland and Pakistan.
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sufimoon

    Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation

    Project Leader and Performer. 2002

    Cultural Grant for the Sufi Moon Cultural Laboratory, Switzerland/Pakistan to support a CD Recording and performances in Switzerland and Pakistan.
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sufimoon

    Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation

    Project Leader and Performer. 2002

    Cultural Grant for the Sufi Moon Cultural Laboratory, Switzerland/Pakistan to support a CD Recording and performances in Switzerland and Pakistan.
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sufimoon

    City of Geneva

    Project Leader and Performer. 1999

    Cultural Grant for the Borderm Meetings Project to support a CD Recording and performances in Switzerland.

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/annagrichting

    City of Nyon

    Project Leader and Performer. 1999

    Cultural Grant for the Borderm Meetings Project to support a CD Recording and performances in Switzerland.

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/annagrichting

    Canton of Geneva

    Project Leader and Performer. 1999

    Cultural Grant for the Borderm Meetings Project to support a CD Recording and performances in Switzerland.

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/annagrichting

  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Lusail Consultants, Doha

    Consultant on Park Projects. 2013
    Design Consultant on three Urban Parks in Doha. Preliminary Concept Design and Park Programming. Sustainability and Ecology.
     

    Aga Khan Foundation

    Education Officer, Aga Khan Award for Architecture – Aug 2011
    Development of an Education Initiative for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in collaboration with the Aga Khan programs on Architecture at MIT and Harvard University. The work resulted in a Manual for the Education Initiative that could be applied within the different fields of the AKTC, namely Architecture, Historic Cities, Museum and Music. A prototype for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was developed, destined for implementation in Architecture Schools worldwide, including MIT, Harvard, American University of Beirut, BRAC Bangladesh, to name but a few. 

    Charles River Conservancy, Boston

    Assistant to Operations Manager Europe

    Research and concept for an open-air exhibit along the Charles River. Entitled Think Swiss, Think Swim, the project proposed to exhibit examples of Swiss river and lake bathing facilities in selected sites along the Charles River, with the aim of promoting the idea of River Swimming in Boston.

     

    Frederick Douglass Peace Garden, Roxbury

    Architect-Urbanist and Community Leader.

    Pro-Bono urban design and grant writing for public spaces of reconciliation and commemoration in Lower Roxbury, including the Frederick Douglas Peace Garden, the Bessie Barnes Memorial Garden and the United Neighbours of Lower Roxbury Community Centre

     

    Swissnex Boston

    Architect Consultant

    The project consisted in the installation of a traveling exhibit -Inventioneering Architecture -on the subject of Swiss Architectural Education, in the arrival hall of Logan Airport in Boston. The work included designing the exhibition space, curating the opening event, as well as coordinating and training Architectural Guides to accompany visitors through the exhibit

     

    City of Geneva Department of Cultural Affairs
     

    Architect-Urbanist, Project Manager & Steering Committee Member. – 2002

    Concept, Design, Construction and Project Management of infrastructures and lighting for the Annual Music Festival in the Old City of Geneva "Fete de la Musique". Reactivating public spaces and requalifying the city's history through temporary installations, structures and lighting. Staging multi-cultural music performances and spaces for community interaction.
     

    Gerber & Ellenberger Architects

    Architect

    Design and construction of a Regional Air Traffic Control Centre at Geneva International Airport. Design studies for a new extension of Geneva Airport. Villa extension and swimming pool for Nana Mouskouri in Cologny, Geneva, Switzerland.

    Wood Frame Eco-House, Arzier

    Architect and Project Manager.

    Architectural design and project management for an Ecological Wood Frame House in Arzier-le-Muids for Thiel-Grichting family. In association with Thomas Buchi, Wooden Structural Engineers.

    World Economic Forum

    Trilingual Executive Assistant to the Director of programs.

    Design and construction of a Regional Air Traffic Control Centre at Geneva International Airport. Design studies for a new extension of Geneva Airport. Villa extension and swimming pool for Nana Mouskouri in Cologny, Geneva, Switzerland.

    DHL Regional Office, Geneva

    Assistant to Operations Manager Europe – 1982
    DHL Express is a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL providing international express mail services. Deutsche Post DHL is the world's largest logistics company operating around the world, particularly in sea and air mail.
     
  • AFFILIATIONS

    Harvard Arab Alumni Association

    Member. 2011 - present

    Member of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association and moderator and panel speaker at the HAA Conferences, for example Harvard Arab World Conference 2017 in Jordan. https://www.sajilni.com/event/harvard-arab-world-conference-2017

    AIA Middle East

    Member. 2015 - present

    The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession in the US and the resource for its members in service to society. Through a culture of innovation, AIA empowers its members and inspires creation of a better built environment.

    IFLA Advisory Circle

    Member. 2017 - present

    The IFLA International Federation of Landscape Architects Advisory Circle has two roles: one is to write policy papers to develop IFLA policy on issues relevant to the landscape architecture profession such as for instance blue green infrastructure.The other is a monitor to advise on impacts of change and write policy/provide other advice in the case of anticipated or actual impacts. The monitoring group has yet to be developed.

    IFLA Middle East

    Member. 2016 - present

    The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession in the US and the resource for its members in service to society. Through a culture of innovation, AIA empowers its members and inspires creation of a better built environment.

    Institute of Environmental Diplomacy, James M. Jefford Centre, University of Vermont

    Fellow – Present
    The Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS) is a transdisciplinary research center dedicated to both the study and practice of techniques that resolve environmental conflicts, and to using ecological processes as tools of peace-building.

    Friends of Humanity

    Consultant and Member of the Board – Present
    Consultant for the development of Ecotourism projects in Brazil and Bhutan. Friends of Humanity SA is a Geneva-based non-profit organization (bylaws - PDF) supporting initiatives and projects in four key areas: Human rights and dignity, Education and training, Healthcare and medicine (including alternative medicine), Environmental protection and conservation

    DMZ Council

    Member of the Advisory Board – Present

    Korea DMZ Council is a consultative body that consists of about 30 public and private organizations such as Education Center for Unification, Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, and DMZ United. The purpose of the council is to preserve the ecology of DMZ and to contribute to bring peace on the Korean peninsula through inter-Korean collaboration, so that we can develop DMZ as a world heritage.

    Qatar Green Building Council

    Member Green Infrastructure Group – 2017

    Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) is a non-profit, membership-driven organization providing leadership and encouraging collaboration in conducting environmentally sustainable practices for green building design and development in Qatar. QGBC also aims to support the overall health and sustainability of the environment, the people, and economic security in Qatar for generations to come. The council, a member of Qatar Foundation, was formally established in 2009 by a decree signed by H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and is helping Qatar on its journey to establish a post-hydrocarbon, knowledge economy and progressive society. 

    Reconstruction and Resettlement Council Cyprus

    Consultant – 2017
    Proposing new future uses for the Buffer Zone and conceptualising a planning workshop and strategies to research and implement the project.
  • CONFERENCES

    IHC2014

    Delegate – 2014

    The IHC 2014 Organising Committee have worked tirelessly on the 2014 Congress for many years, always continuing to work with determination, enthusiasm and passion to ensure that a world class event was delivered for all involved. We would like to thank the 3200 delegates, sponsors & exhibitors for their support & attendance at the Congress. The program was delivered to the highest of standards with 1400 oral presentations and 1350 poster presentations, from delegates from more than 100 different countries.  

     
  • fields of Interest

    Urban Planning

    Research

    Sustainability

    Environmental Awareness

    Urban Design

    Public Policy

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