Dr Mireille Tchapi (PhD, MArch, MA-social science) is a licensed architect (Paris) and doctor in urbanism (University of Tokyo), currently working on the new research project - "London creative communities toward sustainability" at the University of Westminster.
Additionally, she received a MA in social sciences from the School of High Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris) and a MA- post-diploma on urban studies of Pacific Asia metropolis (DPEA at ENSAPLV, Paris).
With an interdisciplinary spirit, her research interests and areas of competence cover public space, urban identity & memory, sustainability, urban ecology, landscape, perception, environmental psychology, wellbeing, urban morphogenesis, participative design & grassroots, and Asian studies (Pacific Asia context, Japan, Singapore).
She took part to several research & teaching projects in Pacific Asia (Japan, China, Singapore, Taipei, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Jaipur) and Europe. Miss Tchapi has been awarded research fellowships to work on neighbourhood’s urbanity of Tokyo and Kyoto (MEXT fellowship for her PhD, Tokyo; Far East French School - EFEO postdoc grant award, Tokyo-Kyoto). She also worked as a research fellow on landscape guidelines framework for public housings, at the National University of Singapore.
Dr Tchapi has been involved in several grassroots activities in London, Japan and Singapore.
Part of her curriculum involves teaching about urbanity, public realm and urban design, landscape, urban ecology, sustainability and following master thesis about urban researches and practices, at the National School of architecture of Strasbourg (ENSAS). She is teaching at the University of Westminster in modules from the Master course of Urban design. She has also given lectures about urban sociology and the history of urban forms in Paris, at the Business school- Real Estate international institute (ESC-Pau).
Past and current research projects:
LONDON SOUNDINGS | London creative communities toward sustainability. University of Westminster, from 2018. http://londonsoundings.com/
The East-West Arc, Re-thinking Growth in the London Region. University of Westminster, from 2018. www.eastwestarc.co.uk
Tokyo and Kyoto | Memory and identities of outdoor spaces in vernacular neighbourhoods: Urban nature at the core of contested cultural landscape. Far East French School- AMUP research laboratory- ENSAS, from 2018 (grant award).
Biophilic towns, a framework to enhance the landscape of high-density, high-rise public housing in Singapore. National University of Singapore, 2015-2016 (research fellow).
Visual connectivity of the everyday outdoors as a landmark in the dense vernacular fabric of central Tokyo: A morphological approach in Wakaba-Shinjuku. University of Tokyo, PhD thesis, 2014 (MEXT grant award).
OASIS Project on the desertification and the water management on the Heihe River Basin'. University of Tokyo, APIEL (Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders)- CARRERI (Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute at the Chinese Academy of Sciences), 2010.