Dalila Ghodbane is an architect and PhD student at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Mendrisio. Having worked in various architecture and urban planning offices, in Paris, Beirut, Cairo and Basel, she joined the research program Passive Climate Control and the City, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship of Prof. Sascha Roesler. During her studies at Paris-La-Villette School of Architecture, she investigated urban renewal mechanism in Beirut, with an emphasis on involvement of different actors. She went on to do international development studies at the French Institute of Urbanism (Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University). She approached the field of development as an alternative market for architectural practice and the possibilities it offers for validation of architects’ expertise. Her current research builds on her previous work, questioning sustainable architecture expertise and specifically passive climatisation by addressing daily practices of residents in the old heritage buildings of Islamic Cairo.