Reem Zako is an academic based in the UK. She trained in architecture and planning first in Baghdad then in London. Her research interests transcend beyond the physical construction of buildings and places into their spatial attributes and the social implications of their configurations. Throughout her academic career, Reem has worked within multi-disciplinary teams to investigate the relationships between spaces and people. She is a keen advocate of consulting the communities of users in the research process; through observations, attitudinal surveys and questionnaires. Reem utilises a holistic approach to her academic research, one that is multi-scalar thus bridging between the micro and macro scales, as well as participatory through the involvement of both the end-users as well as the professionals. Meryna’s focus on resilient communities links to one of prevailing themes in her research, the role spaces and places have in facilitating and enhancing community formations.