Heba Shama is an architect with a Bachelor of Science; Architectural Engineering major from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Shama was involved in several projects that focused on reclaiming the right to public spaces and proposing some physical interventions to overcome social issues like; women and girls safety, children’s right to play and encouraging mutual acceptance between local communities and refugees. Heba is currently working with Takween ICD in the framework of a project for The British Museum where she works on documenting the vernacular architecture of the Village of Shutb while trying to engage with the community on building a collective appreciation for the local tangible and intangible heritage.
Shama grew up in South Sinai where she is currently involved in a project; “Strengthening Protected Areas’ Financing and Management Systems” with the Operational Unit for Development Assistance for UNDP Egypt. She is also involved as a teaching assistant for the USAID program; “English Access Micro-scholarship Program”. Heba is working as a voluntary art workshop co-facilitator with Tur-Sinai Youth Center, where collaborates effectively in delivering a diverse range of visual arts-based workshops to young children. Shama has a special interest in working on relief operations, education and refugee- oriented initiatives especially the ones focusing on children.