Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

Maram Shaweesh

Email: maram.shaweesh@uq.net.au

Maram Shaweesh is a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland. Maram completed her Bachelor of Architectural Design at the University of Queensland after transferring from the University of Jordan. Her research interest includes housing, migration, ethnic infrastructure and residential concentration of ethnic communities. Her current research examines the role domestic space plays in the acculturation of Lebanese migrants. Being the primary setting par excellence, a dwelling (as a form of built environment) plays an influential role in shaping the acculturation experience of immigrants and minority groups in Australia. The spatial character of a dwelling carries meanings that have facilitated the adjustment of migrants’ lives in a new society. However, having to adapt in culturally non-responsive dwellings can negatively affect their residential satisfaction, leading to a number of undesired consequences such as crowding, stress, illnesses and unhealthy practices as the occupants try to fit their cultural needs into the offered dwellings. This project will focus on the Lebanese community in Australia, the influence of their culture on achieving residential satisfaction, methods of adaptation and the implications of culturally non-responsive designs on the daily living activities of the Lebanese community members.
Project: Acculturation and Built Environment: Australian dwellings and adaptation of the Lebanese community’s cultural needs