Dr. Abunnasr is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management (LDEM), Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is Department Head, Associate Dean and Program Director of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He is trained as an architect, landscape architect and a planner; and holds degrees in all three disciplines. He established the Metropolitan Landscape Research Lab in 2018 as a platform for his research and outreach activities.
His research and consulting work is centered on Environmental planning focused on climate change adaptation using Green Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions in cities and natural landscapes with special focus on large-scale frameworks and methodologies. He is the author of many journal publications including a co-authored book titled ‘Planning for Climate Change: A Reader in Green infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities (2018)’. In addition to his academic work, he is also an independent consultant/expert on projects related to the research topic above and landscape strategic plans for natural landscape protection.
Dr. Abunnasr received his PhD in Regional Planning and Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA and his Bachelors of Architecture from the American University of Beirut.