Älaa Beruwien


0141 222 9780

I come from an architectural background, but I have always had a strong interest in the natural and urban realm. This grew stronger when I did my Masters thesis on the regeneration of contaminated landscapes. I then got the chance to explore this further whilst teaching in Bernice University in Benghazi, Libya.

As a designer, my passion lies in culture and heritage and its influence on the urban realm and climate resiliency. Since joining LDA Design, I’ve worked on large-scale projects looking at how we can improve pedestrian priority, biodiversity, and transportation in cities like Aberdeen.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking for my family, going to concerts, basking in the sun (abroad) and spending time relaxing with my friends.


As a landscape architect, who inspired you?

I’m interested in Salma Samar Damluji, whose work involves mud architecture and urban design in the MENA regions, and how she incorporates centuries-old methods of construction and planning into the contemporary practices of our built and natural environments.

My favourite landscape is ...

The journey towards Jaghbub a desert oasis town in southeast Libya beside the Egyptian border. I love how the ground begins as sharp, broken, grey pebbled-rock which slowly becomes finer and finer transitioning to saffron red stones to burnt orange till your are met with vast landscapes of fine golden-white sand.

My favourite tree is ...

Orange blossom. I love its white flowers, which reminds me of jasmine. and the fragrance you find in the centre of the yellow stems. The fluffier they are the further away you can smell the scent.

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