Mahnoor Shoaib gained a Bachelor of Art in Interior Design from Heriot-Watt University. She worked in professional practice as an interior designer at a local company in Dubai for a year before pursuing her postgraduate study in the UK. Throughout the MSc degree she gained in Architecture and Sustainability from DMU, she developed a solid foundation in sustainability design, expanding her perspective to build a holistic approach towards environmental sustainability that is essential to integrate into our present and future built environment.
Currently, Mahnoor is a doctoral candidate at DMU, where she is due to complete her Ph.D. by 2024. Her research is based on high-rise residential buildings with a focus on the socio-cultural aspect of sustainability. This study will recognise the significant concerns of communities to produce a conceptual framework for socially progressive architecture that incorporates new conceptualization of spatial agency and represents a stronger ethical engagement in society. More generally, the research will contribute to improved quality of life in high-rise residential buildings and create sustainable, socially cohesive communities.