Community Architecture

Dr. Mervat El-Shafie Dr. Mervat El-Shafie, Assistant Professor of Architecture, is the Chair of the Architecture Department in the College of Engineering, Effat University. Dr El-Shafie received her Ph. D. in Built-Environment from Lincoln University, New Zealand in 1999. Her thesis entitled “Phenomenology of Built-Environment” deals with the interrelationships between people and their land, houses and places and how this is being affected by the processes of Modernization and Globalization.

Dr Mervat is a registered architect, Practicing in the field of Architecture and Urban Design more than 30 years, and she has taught Architecture in New Zealand, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia between 1997- 2012. She currently teaches courses in Architecture Design, Landscape Architecture and Research Methods at Effat University. Her research interests include Architecture studies in relation to philosophy, culture and identity; in addition to research on architecture pedagogy and curriculum development. Dr. Noha Mahmoud Dr.

Noha Mahmoud is an assistant professor of urban and landscape planning studies at Architecture Department, Effat University, Saudi Arabia. She got her PhD and MPhill in Landscape Department at The University of Sheffield, UK in 2011. Dr. Noha thesis entitled “Green Infrastructure in Middle Eastern Environment: promoting social-ecological connectivity in Greater Cairo”. It focuses on large scale landscape changes affecting the arid zones in the Middle Eastern countries, such as those associated with long and blue corridors, connectivity between existing and new settlements and protected zones.

Dr. Noha’s research focuses on cultural landscapes – where past, present and future values derive from close associations between people and land by the connectivity through Making The Connectivity by landscape and urban corridors and the Concept of Stepping Stone Action Areas as a way that produces landscapes of ecological and cultural value. Dr. Noha taught different courses in Urban Design and Landscape Planning at Cairo University from 2003 – 2007. She currently teaches courses in Urban Design, Design Studios and Planning for Human Settlements at Effat University, Saudi Arabia. Arch.

Kholoud Moumani Kholod Moumani is lecturer of architecture and design; she received her B. Arch. and Master in Architecture from Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan in 2000. Her Master thesis entitled “Islamic Cities Urban Planning and Basics from Early Islam Till Abbasid”. It focuses on the complexity of Islamic cities and the richness and range of its theoretical intentions from early Islam till Abbasid. Moumani has worked as an architect both in the private and governmental sectors between 1995-2008.

Her professional practice included the design of numerous residential buildings, villas, and other types of buildings. She currently teaches courses in Architectural Design Studios, Housing, Working Drawings, and Saudi Traditional Architecture. Mrs. Moumani has an extensive professional experience to pass to younger architects as well as to reflect this to the architectural students.

Hher research interests include: architecture practice, cultural effects on architectural design, environmental Design, Housing & Urban Design. Arch. Jeni Mihova Jeni Mihova is a holder of Master of Science degree in Architecture and training as a sculptor. Before her appointment at the Department of Architecture - Effat University, Saudi Arabia, she had been practicing architect in her native Bulgaria(for ten years), and subsequently - a lecturer in Architecture in several universities in New Zealand(for over fifteen years). Her main research interests are in the area of contemporary technologies and how they could be harness as creative tools for visualization of ancient cultural monuments.

Jeni had exhibited her artistic works and architectural models internationally on various occasions and published many academic articles. Currently her “Educational games” series and architectural models of the Athenian Acropolis are part of the permanent collections of the Classic Museum at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Arch. Deema Al Khateeb Deema Al Khateeb, is a registered architect and a Lecturer of Architecture, in the Architecture Department, College of Engineering, Effat University.

She received her master degree in Urban Planning and Design from Lebanese University in Beirut, Urban Department. Her thesis entitled “Morphological, Residential, Economical, Cultural and Political Effect in the Development of the Old Cities” and how to deal with these impacts through rehabilitation or renovation taking into consideration the interrelationships between people and their land, houses places, works and municipalities. Ms. Deema is currently teaching courses in Architecture Design, Urban Design and Art at Effat University. Arch. Maya Kamareddine.

Maya Kamareddine is a Lecturer of Architecture, in the Architecture Department at Effat University, college of Engineering. Mrs. Kamareddine has received her Master degree in Architecture from the Lebanese University, Architecture Department in 2004. Her thesis discussing the “Development of the Rural Areas through Expansion of Agricultural Research - Bsharee” was her first interest toward sustainability and environmental solutions. As a registered architect in Lebanon, she developed her expertise in design and project management working for international consultants and developers inside and outside her country. Mrs.

Kamareddine joined Effat University academic team in 2011, bringing with her a multicultural background and an excessive eagerness for building a new generation of leading women in the Arab world. She is currently teaching courses in Architectural Design, Art, Interior Design and Environmental Architecture. Dr. Harith Al-Dabbagh Biography Dr. Harith Al-Dabbagh is an Assistant Professor of Architecture currently teaching at the Architectural Department in Effat University. Dr. Al-Dabbagh demonstrates extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, acquired from his long academic career, education, and research.

He had contributed in better understanding of contemporary planning and architectural demagogy and an appreciation of the diversity of the historical, social and technological needs and practices. He received his Ph. D. from Sheffield University, the UK in July 1984. Thesis title is Architectural Design Methodology in Housing. Dr. Al-Dabbagh has taught several architectural design studios, capstone graduation projects, technical and theoretical courses, and several core curriculum and elective courses, and developed and revised curricular programs and pedagogical models toward the common goal of education.

He taught and practiced architecture in New Zealand, USA, Iraq, Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. He has several research publications and his research interests include: architecture theory and practice, cultural effects on architectural design, acoustics and illumination in buildings, environmental design, housing, urban design, and building technology. Dr. Ibrahim Vaid Dr. Ibrahim Vaid is an Assistant Professor of Architecture who is currently teaching at the Architectural Department in Effat University. Dr.

Vaid has taught in the US for more than one decade, prior to joining Effat University in 2008; he owns a small private practice by the firm name of I & Z Design & Construction which provides architectural/interior design, construction management, and educational services in the US. He has designed several projects in the US and aboard. Also, he has written more than 15 articles, three books and AutoCAD Workbook, which is currently used at Effat. He is a registered builder in the State of Michigan and Certified Green Builder. He earned his Ph. D. from RU in Architecture & Construction Education.

His research interest includes sustainable design, affordable housing, construction technology, construction management, writing curriculum, articles, and books related to architectural/interior designs, drafting, detailing, educations/critique, and constructions topics. Dr. Vaid currently teaches courses in AutoCAD, Building Construction, Mechanical, Electrical, & Safety Systems, Acoustic in Architecture, Project Management, and Professional Practice. Dr. Zaki Mallasi Dr. Mallasi is an Assistant Professor in the Architecture Department in the College of Engineering, Effat University.

He obtained his PhD in June 2004 with focus on the use of 4D-BIM Visualization in Architecture and Construction Planning. His PhD research was carried out in the Centre for Construction Innovation and Research, the University of Teesside, UK. The research utilized the Space Syntax theory as the foundation of his PhD investigation, which aims particularly at the minimisation of construction workspace conflicts and the dynamic 4D visualization of construction activities’ workspace (3D space-time visualization). Prior to joining Effat University.

Dr.Mallasi worked as an Architectural BIM Designer at Perkins + Will, USA working on K12 and Healthcare project. He was also teaching part-time at Georgia Tech. BIM Theory and Applications for architecture and construction students. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1996 from the University of Khartoum, Sudan. His Masters research (1999) in Virtual Environments (VE) from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London also focused on the Space Syntax Theory and assisting the Synthetic Construction of Virtual Environments.

His main research interest includes: performance driven architectural design methods, BIM modeling and leveraging integrated design workflow using digital design tool, computational design, 3D modeling direct-to-fabrication with implementation of parametric controlled models, LEED, and Virtual Design and Construction. Dr. Mohamed Shokry Dr. Mohamed Shokry is an assistant professor of architecture and design. He received his Masters and Ph. D. in Architecture from Cairo University, Egypt in 2003, 2009 respectively. Dr. Shokry's Ph. D. thesis entitled “A PROPOSED URBAN MODEL TO ACTIVATE THE ROLE OF HEIs IN URBAN REGIONS DEVELOPMENT”.

It focuses on developing some urban planning policies and tools to enhance the role of universities as catalysts for economical and urban development within large cities, especially in the Middle East region. Dr Shokry has taught Architecture and Design in Egypt between 1999 and 2010. Also, he worked as an Architect, Senior Designer and Manager of medical projects design in ZFP firm between 2003 and 2010. He is currently teaching courses in capstone preparation, capstone project and Design Studios at Effat University, Saudi Arabia. Dr.

Mohamed's main concern now is to pass on his practical experience of design to younger architects as well as to develop educational courses that reflect these concepts to the architectural students. His research interests include regional planning theories, urban economy and city planning. Dr. Abdel-moniem El-Shorbagy Dr. Abdel-moniem El-Shorbagy is an assistant professor of architecture and design. He received his Masters and Ph. D. in Art History from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2001. Dr. El-Shorbagy's thesis entitled “The Architecture of Hassan Fathy: Between Western and Non-Western Perspectives”.

It focuses on the complexity of Fathy’s architecture and the richness and range of its theoretical intentions. Dr. El-Sorbagy established his own architectural practice ‘Site for Architecture and Construction’, in Cairo in (1982-1995) and (2002-2006) and his work included the design and execution of residential high-rise buildings, individual suburban houses, resorts, small hotels, villas and interior design for houses and commercial shops. Through ‘Site’, Dr. El-Shorbagy shared in many architectural competitions, exhibitions and travelled extensively and this helped him to develop a personal architectural style in design.

Dr El-Shorbagy has taught Architecture and Design in Egypt between 2002 and 2006. He currently teaches courses in History and Theory of Architecture, Design Studios and Structure at Effat University, Saudi Arabia. He also has numerous papers published in conferences and international journals. Dr. El-Shorbagy's main concern now is to pass on his concepts of design to younger architects as well as to develop educational courses as well as different textbooks that reflect these concepts to the architectural students. His research interests include Contemporary Architecture Theories, Identity and Culture.