Asifa Iqbal is originally an architect, which was also her profession in Pakistan until she departed ten years ago to attend a master’s programme. She chose Sweden. She began her research and received her doctoral degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm before moving to Gävle.
At KTH, she got a Degree of Master of Science in Engineering in spatial planning and a doctoral degree in property and construction.
– I have researched how parks and green spaces affect people’s behaviour and how this in turn affects house prices in the area. What kind of emotions do you feel when visiting a certain environment? This gives us insight into how we create open spaces that are safe and inclusive to all who visit them. By designing the built environment in a specific way, we can eliminate crime through design.
Text: Anna Sällberg