People

Youssef Askar

  • Role in Center:

    Junior Researcher

  • Discipline:

    Urban Planning

  • University:

    Tongji University

  • Country:

    Syria (Currently based in Shanghai, China)

Biography: Youssef Askar is a passionate architect and urban planner with over four years of residential and commercial construction experience in four different countries. He received a double bachelor’s degree in architecture from Germany and Syria, and two master’s degrees from Bauhaus University and Tongji University. He is a firm believer that a combination of architecture and design with urban research can tackle social problems and strengthen our communities.
Currently, he is a researcher and PhD candidate at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, Shanghai.

Research Topic: Postwar Urban Identity of Place

Areas of Expertise:

  • Urban sociology
  • Public space
  • Urban identity

Prizes & Awards:

  • Outstanding Student of the Year Award, Tongji University 2019
  • Tongji University Outstanding Volunteer Award 2019-2020
  • Chinese Government Outstanding Student Award 2020

Memberships & Networks:

  • President of the International Student Association of Tongji University
  • Co-Founder of Shanghai International Student Alliance