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Dr Yuri Abdul Hadi

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Leicester School of Architecture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2078954



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Dr Yuri Hadi is an experienced lecturer with a rich history of working in the higher education industry within the UK and Internationally. He is an Arts and Design Professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Tall Buildings & Urban Design from University of Nottingham. He is originally trained as an Architect from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia based in Johor Bharu, Malaysia. He has experience in practice and academia for more than 20 years. He is the founder of the States of Urbanicity (Unit 2) Group in MArch Part 2 (ARB/RIBA/LAM) for Year 5 and 4. States of Urbanicity is a Unit that explores the study and speculation of architecture in the many states of the urban condition focusing on the growth and decay of urban conditions. We focused on Conceptual Urbanism, an approach that is radical in attempting to shake off the assumption of what a city was, is or should be. Instead of denouncing the chaos and congestion of contemporary urban life, conceptual urbanism experiments out from disruption and disorder.

He does Publication and Curating of Works for the Leicester School of Architecture Yearbook and Exhibitions. He is the Leicester School of Architecture liaison for Partnership, Outreach, International Admission and Marketing.

Dr Yuri Hadi does research in Architectural and Urban Design, Tall Buildings and High-Rise Structures focusing on the Social Dimension that impacted its inhabitants. His recent collaborative works are focused in socially sustainable approach to urban regeneration and experimentations in density without demolishing. His works also explores emerging technology and infrastructure in vertical structures in Tall Buildings. His students have won several international awards in the High-Rise and Tall Buildings Category in Urban Design.

He would be interested in supervising PhD students in this field.

Yuri can be found on here on Instagram.

Research group affiliations

Architecture Research Institute

Publications and outputs 

Key research outputs

  • Yuri Hadi, Tim Heath, Phil Oldfield (2018) Gardens in the sky: Emotional experiences in the communal spaces at height in the Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore. Emotion, Space and Society, 28, pp. 104-113.
  • Ahmad Taki, Elena Kalcheva and Yuri Hadi (2018). Sustainable design responses for residential high-rises. Journal of Buildings and Sustainability 2018 Vol. 1 No. 2, p23-34.
  • Elena Kalcheva, Ahmad Taki and Yuri Hadi (2016).Perception of indoor environmental quality of the residents of high-rise buildings in Bulgaria. Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture Research, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp.1371-1378. ISSN: 2333-911X

Research interests/expertise

  • Tall Buildings and High Rise Design (Social Dimension)
  • Urban Design
  • Architecture Design
  • Urban Regeneration

Areas of teaching

  • PhD supervision
  • Architectural Design
  • Urban Design


University of Nottingham, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Tall Buildings & Urban Design, 2009 – 2013

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Part I/II, 1996 – 2001

Courses taught

  • BA Architecture (Part I)
  • MArch (Part II)
  • MSc Architecture and Sustainability

Honours and awards

2018 Finalist Vice Chancellor Award for Distinguish Service

Current research students

Anisha Meggi: Towards Reusing Private Non-Monumental Architecture: Diu Town
Enoch Odosela: Urban Regeneration Approach Towards enhancing City Prosperity in Ibadan, Nigeria

Olande Onitiju: Rethinking the Informality of African Cities

Daben Wang: Solar Reflected Glare from High-Rise Building Façades

Elena Kalcheva. Enhancing Quality of Life in Residential High-Rises: Sustainable Design Responses.