Negar is an architect and a consultant in spatial analysis with a Master of Science in Spatial Design; Architecture and Cities from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Architecture while teaching at the University of Edinburgh. Negar is passionate about promoting people’s wellbeing through architecture and urban design and her ongoing research interests focus on the correlation between happiness and spatial design. Her work has been exhibited in the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) 2017 (in collaboration) and at the UCL Doctoral School exhibition in London as The Best Hundred Research Images of 2018. She was awarded multiple grants for her research; including Edinburgh University Student Experience Grant (Innovation Initiative Grants) 2021, Social Responsibility and Sustainability Award (UoE SRS) 2020, IAD Action Fund (Institute of Academic Development) 2019, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding award for the FoSS 2019, and Festival of Creative Learning (FCL 2019) Award. In 2020, as a Young Women Lead (YWCA @youngwomenscot) committee member she worked on an equal rights and inclusion report with The Scottish Parliament (@ScotParl); and also received the Clinton Global Initiative recognition of Commitment to Action (CGI U). When she isn’t working, you’ll find Negar reading Persian Poetry or doing origami. That doesn’t tell you much, right? You’ll find more here: www.linkedin.com/in/negar-ebrahimi.
Lark McIvor was born in Alberta, Canada and began her musical studies at an early age. McIvor graduated with a Bachelor of Music, from the University of Lethbridge where she studied studio voice where she formed a student opera workshop and worked as a conductor, director, and composer to produce chamber opera. From this experience, she continues to work with various ensembles to promote classical music and frequently organises concerts and recitals showcasing contemporary composers and performers from across Canada, Ireland, and Scotland. Later she obtained her MPhil in Music Composition at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. While in Dublin, McIvor collaborated with the Royal Irish Academy of Music for individual and ensemble commissions and premiered Forest of Words at the 2018 Trinity College Dublin Grad Show. McIvor continued her studies at the University of Edinburgh where she earned an MMus in Musicology for her research examining Medievalism, Celticism and national identity. In 2019 her orchestral composition Prayers of the Headwaters was performed and recorded by a pop-up orchestra under the baton of Dr. Tom Butler. McIvor works with Scottish Opera as a U26 Ambassador, promoting opera through Scottish Opera's U26 program. She is currently engaged as a Ph.D. Researcher at the University of Edinburgh in Creative Music Practice.