Amira el Solh is an urban planner based in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied sociology at the American University of Beirut and urban and regional planning at Cornell University. Solh began her career in rural development planning, focusing on natural resource management and poverty alleviation in various Arab countries. She was program assistant at the United Nations Development Program in New York City focusing on south-south cooperation for the World Trade Organization. In 2002, she started working on the urban planning of the Beirut city center at Solidere, the Lebanese company for the development and reconstruction of the Beirut Central District. Her work at Solidere ranged from organizing the international urban design competition of Martyrs' Square to setting up the urban planning department for land use planning, public space planning, and preserving cultural heritage. She is a founding board member of the Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut. She recently was a fellow with the New Museum's IdeasCity program in Arles, France. Solh is now a cultural heritage and urban planning consultant.