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Nora received her architecture degree at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2009. She went on to complete an MA in Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS in 2010.
Following her studies, Nora spent 7 years in China and Myanmar. She was based for four years in Shanghai (2011-2015), where she worked for local and international architecture firms, including two and a half years as project architect at David Chipperfield Architects. In 2015 Nora moved to Yangon to work for Article 25, a London-based NGO, on the Reinvigoration of Yangon General Hospital and developed the masterplan for the hospital campus. Since 2017 she is an independent architect with projects in Myanmar. In 2018 Nora returned to SOAS for her PhD in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. Her main interest is the reciprocal effect of the built environment, individuals, society, and the state. Broader research interests include material culture; anthropology of space, place and architecture; anthropology of infrastructure; anthropology of the built environment; collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches; and regional interest in Myanmar (Burma). Nora has experience leading international teams on urban planning, architectural design and government advisory projects.