Meriem Chabani is an architect and urban planner, principal of New South. Her international practice prioritizes spaces for vulnerable bodies and territories in tension. She applies the words of bell hooks, putting the margin at the center. By questioning power dynamics and stakeholder relations, her projects include in-depth work on human practices to inform spatial resolution.
She currently teaches at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Malaquais (FR), Royal College of Arts (UK) and HEAD Geneva (CH). Since 2019, she serves as an expert on affordable housing and inclusive cities for the French delegation at the World Urban Forum. Her work has been showcased at a number of international architecture Biennials, including Venice, Istanbul, Tirana, Oslo and Lagos.
In 2020 Meriem wins the Europe 40 under 40 award from The European Centre for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum. In 2023, she is selected as one of the best Women led practices in France by AMC.