Alida Bata

RIBA Chartered Architect, Master of Engineering (Hons) In Architecture and Environmental Design

Assistant Professor
Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Alida Bata


Assistant Professor of Architecture, Year 4 coordinator, research


Alida Bata is an architect, urban designer and design tutor. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. Alida has worked internationally with Atkins Global, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, the British Council and the Aga Khan Development Network. Alida brings 10 years of experience in complex multi-stakeholder urban and infrastructure projects. Alida completed her MSc in Engineering and was awarded a scholarship to study architecture at the prestigious Architectural Association in London.

She has a special interest in multi-scale environments that drive value and build social capital. Working across national, social and physical boundaries, Alida’s projects take on challenges of limited access, high density, resource competition, and diverse stakeholders. In 2017, Alida won a substantial grant from the British Council recognising her contribution to international best practice in innovation and public realms. She is currently leading a public spaces initiative across five East African and UK cities.


History and theory of architecture; form and matter, perception, imagination and thought, philosophy of space, experience of architecture, embodiment, logic, time, scale.

Urban design; urban and rural architecture, boundaries, territory scale, mountain societies, east Africa, central Asia, climate change, resilient architecture.

Society; knowledge exchange and space, pluralism and space, public space, university campus design, pedagogy and space, physical/social/virtual intertwinement.

Islamic architecture; historic architecture and cities, tackling issues in cities, polycentric cities, art and architecture, architecture as symbol.