Noura Bishay

Venture: NPB Design Studio

Seed Lab Cohort: 2021/2022

Impact location: California

Organization Structure: For profit


Provide solutions to the housing crisis one granny flat at a time prioritizing economic, social and environmental impact as well as functionality and aesthetics. 

NPB Design Studio is a San Diego-based mother-daughter social enterprise focused on creating living spaces that inspire, heal, and empower communities using social impact design. By rethinking and repurposing existing spaces and transforming them into homes that sustainably integrate in the surrounding environment, it aims to uplift historically underserved and marginalized communities by providing additional sources of income to low-income homeowners, beautifying the community and making it more secure.  


Born and raised in Egypt, Noura P. Bishay is the founder of NPB Design Studio. She is an award-winning urban designer who combines compassion with art and design and creates spaces that matter by prioritizing the community’s medium-long term needs. Noura designed the Park-to-Bay Project, a safe, sustainable, and inclusive green corridor that connects the city’s Balboa Park to the San Diego Bay.

Noura received her Master’s degree in Architecture from the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego and completed her Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport. Prior to moving to San Diego, Noura worked for top architecture firms in Egypt. She was involved in a wide spectrum of projects including the development of the first eco-village in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, that included the planting of almost 30,000 olive trees and 5,000 palm trees into an oasis.

Noura is also the founder of Tables of Hope, a 24/7 food giving and sharing table for the community during the Covid-19 pandemic

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