Aamena Desai

Aamena Desai is a senior urban designer in Arup’s Cities team in Johannesburg.  She grew up in Durban and studied and worked in design studios in Cape Town, before joining Arup in 2015.  She has worked on multi-disciplinary Arup projects across Africa, centred on improving urban quality of life in developing world cities.

Aamena completed her Masters in Urban Design from the University of Cape Town in 2014, and graduated in Architecture in 2006, from UKZN.

Aamena is passionate about continuing education and skills development and is involved in a number of global Arup research and skills development teams.  She aims to share this exposure with AET beneficiaries and empower them to further develop their own skills and keep appraised of current thinking around key themes and issues facing the built environment.