Deborah Middleton

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Dr. Deborah received her Ph.D. in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia, and has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, Toronto Canada. Prior to undertaking her Ph.D studies, Deborah was engaged in professional interior architecture practice in Canada where she designed exciting new workplaces for emerging and established technology and financial companies in Toronto and New York City. Her design work is published in national newspapers as well as business magazines such as Time Warners Business 2.0.Dr. Deborah has over 20 years academic experience in Design programs. In 2023 she has joined XJTLU where she is active teaching in Architecture design studios, environmental sustainability and urban studies. She is currently lead of the Cultural Innovations and Cultural Practices lab (CICP) in the Department of Architecture. She is an active researcher using Space Syntax analysis methods to examine urban and architectural spatial configurations and aims to expand the integration of this exciting methodology into the architectural curriculum as well as her colleagues research. At present she is also actively mentoring junior architecture faculty to translate their project-based action research into research publications.

Research interests


History of 19th - 21st c. urban design and planning

History and theory of architecture

Space syntax

Design Cognition

Spatial Cognition

Environment and Behavior




Associate Professor, Architecture - XJTLU - 2023 to present

Assistant Professor, Interior Design - Alasala College - 2020 to 2022

Assistant Professor, Environmental Design - Effat University - 2016 to 2020

Assistant Professor, Interior Design Engineering - PMU - 2014 to 2015

Assistant Professor, Architecture - Ball State University - 2011 to 2014

Lecturer, Interior Design Engineering - PSU - 2008 to 2009

Lecturer, Architecture - Georgia Institute of Technology - 2002 to 2008

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. Architecture - Georgia Institute of Technology -2009

M.E.S. Environmental Studies - York University - 2002

B.A. Honors, Social Sciences - Carleton University - 1996

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