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Dr. Ashraf M. Salama is Chair Professor in architecture and currently the Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. He has held permanent, tenured, and visiting positions in Egypt (Misr International University and Al-Azhar University), Italy (University of Naples_Federico II), Qatar (Qatar University), Saudi Arabia (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals), and the United Kingdom (Queen's University Belfast). He is the chief editor of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, collaborating editor of Open House International-OHI, editorial board member of Time-Based Architecture International, and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health-IJERPH, member of the senior advisory board of LONAARD-London Art and Architecture Research and Design Group, and member of the editorial board of Architects for Peace. Professor Salama serves on the scientific and review boards of several international organizations including IAPS, IAHH, and cEBs.
Dr. Ashraf M. Salama is Chair Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy-FHEA and the Royal Society of the Arts-FRSA in the United Kingdom. Until recently, he has held the position of Reader in Architecture at Queen's University, United Kingdom. He was an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals-KFUPM in Dhahran, KSA (2004-06). Dr. Salama was the Director of Research and Consulting at Adams Group Consultants in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (2001-04). He is a licensed architect in Egypt, trained at Al Azhar University and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. USA. He was the Chairman of the Department of Architecture, Misr International University in Cairo (1996-01). Dr. Salama has been involved with the Community Development Group of the College of Design, North Carolina State University (1992-95), researching and teaching at the graduate level.
With varied experience in academic research, teaching, consultancy, and research based practice, Dr. Salama bridges theory and design and pedagogy and practice in his professional activities. He has written over 100 articles and papers in local and international conferences, archival journals, and trade magazines; authored and co-edited six books: New Trends in Architectural Education: Designing the Design Studio (North Carolina, USA), Human Factors in Environmental Design (Cairo, Egypt), Architectural Education Today (Lausanne, Switzerland), Architecture as Language of Peace (Napoli-Rome, Italy), and Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future (Gateshead, United Kingdom). His latest book on Transformative Pedagogy in Architecture and Urbanism. is published by Umbau-Verlag, Solingen, Germany.
Dr. Salama delivered lectures and presentations in over 25 countries; and contributed widely to several international publications. He was member of the UIA/UNESCO International Committee of Architectural Education, and the Director of Architectural Education Work Program of the International Union of Architects-UIA (1995-00). Since 1998 he is the coordinator of the International Association for People-Environments Studies-IAPS Education Network, UK, and serves on the boards of reviewers of Time-based Architecture International, and on the Scientific Committees of numerous international conferences. Recently, he was selected as Associate Editor of Open House International. In 2006, he founded and became the Chief Editor of International Journal of Architectural Research (Archnet-IJAR), sponsored by the Aga Khan trust for Culture, and with technical support of MIT School of Architecture and Planning.
He was the recipient of the first award of the International Architecture Design Studio, University of Montreal, Canada, 1990, and in 1998 he won the Paul Chemetove Prize for his project on Architecture and the Eradication of Poverty, a United Nations International Ideas Competition. He served as consultant to the Egyptian Ministries of Tourism and Culture. He also served as member of the international jury for projects within the context of the revitalization of Sarajevo, Bosnia, and a UIA Jury member in the international competition on designing a central urban park in La Paz, Bolivia. Recently, he has chaired the jury team for the International Students Competitions: organized by the IAHH-the International Association for Humane Habitat, Mumbai, India in 2005-2006. He sets on the Master Jury of the Architecture-Plus Awards-2nd Cycle, Dubai. Dr. Salama has been appointed Technical Reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in Geneva, 8th Cycle (1998-01), and recently participated as Regional Editor in a project on "Architectural Education in the Developing World 2006-2008," coordinated by the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
Professor Salama's professional experience involves consultancy for government and private agencies in Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and USA, and managing design projects from inception through programming, encountering social and cultural constraints. His academic experience includes teaching courses on architectural programming, design methods and theories, applications of socio-behavioral studies in design, and architectural and community design studios. His courses and projects place emphasis on recent developments in architecture and urbanism in different contexts. His recent research and writing focus on, theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urban design, typological transformations in traditional architecture/urban spaces, sustainable design processes, assessing designed environments from users' perspective, diversity in urban spaces, and Architecture in the Arabian Peninsula.