Linda Nubani

Linda Nubani

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Associate Professor and Program Director, Interior Design; Program Coordinator, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Program
School of Planning, Design and Construction



Masters: Master in architecture from the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati.
PhD: PhD in architecture (environment and behavior/criminology) from the University of Michigan.

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Linda Nubani is an associate professor and program director of the Interior Design Program in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. She is also the program coordinator for the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Program (CPTED). Nubani holds a Ph.D. in Architecture (with a cognate in Criminology) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2006), and Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Michigan (2003) and the University of Cincinnati (2001). With over 20 years of experience in interior design consulting and contracting, Nubani has designed over 200 projects, spanning residential, commercial, and hospitality spaces in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the U.S. The highlights of her work include the largest smoking lounge in the world at Dubai International Airport; office projects for the Government of Dubai; and homes for celebrities and royal families. Nubani is an expert in the use of space syntax, virtual reality and visibility graph analysis in neighborhood applications (e.g., motor vehicle theft, burglaries) and building applications (e.g., active shooter prevention in buildings, hospitals). She has a strong passion for the topic of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). Nubani has been an international speaker on this topic and has been working with various communities in the State of Michigan in conducting CPTED-based workshops to address combatting crime through design strategies and has been consulting for a number of projects nationally. Additionally, she chaired the 50th EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) conference in New York in May 2019 and has become chair of the board of directors to EDRA in August 2019. In 2023, Nubani has been appointed as a Board Director of the U.S. CPTED Association. Nubani is actively working as a PI on a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) initiative funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) along with the Detroit Police Department. Nubani is also actively working on a grant as a co-PI from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the first curriculum in the U.S. on technology education focusing on mass timber.

Nubani has received several awards including Michigan State College of Agriculture and Natural Resource's ‘2022 Best Teacher Award’, and ‘2021 You Belong Here Award’, EDRA53’s ‘2022 Best Paper Award – co-recipient’, Lansing Police Department’s ‘2021 Chief of Police Award of Excellence’, IDEC’s ‘2021 Best Service Award’, and ‘2019 Best Community Service Award’.