Noel Sampson is a Nicaraguan architect and urban planner focused on development cooperation, urban development, urban resilience and housing in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America.
Noel has developed a research to improve climate change resilience of poor urban communities in Vietnamese and Nicaraguan cities, worked with the UN-Habitat office in Mongolia on slum upgrading programs of the Ger areas of Ulaanbaatar, worked with Campus in Camps, the renown experimental program in Palestinian refugee camps and supported the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe UNECE, based in Geneva, Switzerland, in the formulation of the Coastal Cities Initiative. Noel Sampson is also pro bono Regional Analyst and consultant of the Boston-based Affordable Housing Institute (AHI) and co-founder of emerge, an innovative firm that tackles different urban matters in Latin American cities.
Noel holds a Master degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development from the Technological University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) in Germany, a Master in Sustainable Emergency Architecture from the International University of Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona, and a first degree in Architecture from the National University of Engineering (UNI) in Nicaragua. Additionally, he has advanced studies on assessment and management of geological and climate related risks and DRR from the University of Geneva (CERG-C), Project and Program Management and Administration with MDF Training & Consultancy in the Netherlands, and housing development and management from Lund University (LTH) in Sweden.