Professor Ashraf Salama

Architecture

Personal statement

I am Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde since 2014.  My experience spans across six countries in four continents. It involves lecture-based teaching in the area of human-environment interaction, studio teaching at various levels, research, professional practice, research-based consulting, and PhD Supervision. For over twenty years I have been involved in both academic and professional life in Egypt, United States, United Kingdom, the Middle East. My work and research have been focusing on curriculum development and design studio teaching practices, transformative and critical pedagogy, sustainable architectural and urban design, with a strong emphasis on the impact of socio-cultural factors in shaping the built environment.

See list of publications on Strath Database and Strathprints. Also see research cluster CRAUCGS, or profile, and research projects.

Selected Recent Publications, Presentations, and Research Projects

Latest Research Projects

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Latest Refereed Journal Papers (abbreviated titles)

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Prizes and awards

Honorary Visiting Professor, Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia
Recipient
1/1/2019
Appointed Member: the Steering Committee of the Education Commission and Validation Council, International Union of Architects
Recipient
7/3/2018
Gold Medal, Society of Egyptian Architects, Cairo, Egypt
Recipient
6/1/2018
2017 UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism
Recipient
22/7/2017
Invited Visiting Professor - Distinguished Visitor Program at the University of Central Lancashire
Recipient
23/3/2015
Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Recipient
6/10/2014

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Qualifications

Professor of Architecture and Head of Department of Architecture

Fellow Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) since 2009; Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA-Recognition Scheme) since 2009; Affiliate Member RIBA since 2008; Licensed Architect (Egypt/Middle East) since 1987; PhD in Architecture 1995 (Channel Exchange Fellowship: Al-Azhar University and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. USA).

Publications

Architectural Excellence in Islamic Societies : Distinction Through the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Salama Ashraf M, El-Ashmouni Marwa M
Routledge Series of Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South Routledge Series of Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South (2020)
Polyphonic narratives for built environment research
Salama Ashraf M, Hurol Yonca
Open House International (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-05-2020-0026
Reconstructing Urban Ambiance in Smart Public Places
Abusaada Hisham, Salama Ashraf M, Elshater Abeer
(2020)
Contemporary architecture of Cairo (1990–2020) : mutational plurality of "ISMS", decolonialism, and cosmopolitanism
El-Ashmouni Marwa M, Salama Ashraf M
Open House International Vol 45 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-04-2020-0007
Investigating land use dynamics in emerging cities : the case of downtown neighbourhood in Doha
Ibrahim Hatem, Salama Ashraf M, Wiedmann Florian, Aboukalloub Bassma, Awwaad Reem
Journal of Urban Design Vol 25, pp. 387-411 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2019.1632179
Coronavirus questions that will not go away : interrogating urban and socio-spatial implications of COVID-19 measures
Salama Ashraf M
Emerald Open Research - Sustainable Cities Gateway Vol 2 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.35241/emeraldopenres.13561.1

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Teaching

My academic experience includes teaching courses on architectural programming/briefing, design methods and theories, applications of socio-behavioral studies in design, sustainable urban conservation, and architectural, urban, and community design studios. My teaching places emphasis on evidence-based design, critical inquiry, and active and experiential learning.  My position in teaching is that architectural education is not simply the imparting of knowledge and skills necessary for practice, but it involves the development of values, ideologies, and cultural and philosophical positions. My teaching emphasizes that future professionals need to be able to comprehend the environment as having multiple realities by understanding values, preferences, and lifestyles of people, as individuals and in groupings—people who will perceive, live, learn, work, and entertain in those environments.

Current Teaching Activities:

  • PG: Criticism, Assessment and Research Methods in Architecture and Urbanism (CARMAU)
  • PG: Cultural and Behavioural Factors in Architecture and Urbanism
  • UG Dissertation Supervision
  • Contribute lectures in Urban Design and Cultural Studies
  • Master Thesis Supervision
  • PhD Supervision

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Latest Publications / Presentations on Architectural and Design Pedagogy

 

 

Research interests

My research interests and experience cross the boundaries of disciplines and involve theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urban design; typological transformations in traditional architecture/urban spaces; sustainable design processes; environmentally sustainable tourism development; sustainable schools; workplace environmental quality; assessing designed environments from socio-cultural and users' perspectives; adaptive urbanism and the spatial practice of cultural groups within cities; livability and diversity in urban environments; and investigating architecture and urbanism in emerging cities in the global south. Within these topics I have sustained a substantial record of funded research. See Strath Database and Strathprints. Also see list and outlines of research projects, publications, activities, and research cluster CRAUCGS

  • PhD Examination Experience: I have examined doctorates at: 
  • Ain Shams University, Egypt (2009);
  • Cardiff University, UK (2016 & 2018);
  • Curtin University, Australia (2011);
  • Deakin University, Australia (2013 and 2015);
  • German University in Cairo, Egypt (2018)
  • Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan (2016);
  • Queensland University of Technology, Australia (2013 and 2018);
  • Robert Gordon University, UK (2016);
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany (2009);
  • University of Malaya, Malaysia (2011, 2014, 2017);
  • University of Strathclyde, UK (2014 - present);
  • University of Wolverhampton, UK (2015);
  • University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia (2009, 2012, 2016);
  • University of Toronto, Canada (2012);
  • University of Western Australia (2018).

Professional activities

Post Covid-19 Adaptive Strategies in the Mediterranean Region, Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR).
Keynote/plenary speaker
30/6/2020
IAPS 2020, RUNNING OUT OF TIME - Setting the pace for future generations
Chair
25/6/2020
After coronavirus: how seasonal migration and empty centres might change our cities
Contributor
15/6/2020
International Virtual Conference, COVID-19: Multidisciplinary Challenges & Practices
Keynote/plenary speaker
4/6/2020
Between Demystifying Doha and Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf, Interview
Interviewee
2/6/2020
The Spatiality of the Social, Implications in Architecture and Urbanism
Speaker
29/5/2020

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Projects

Navigating COVID-19 related transitions and transformations of economically marginalised women entrepreneurs within urban poor communities of the Greater Cairo Region in Egypt (GCR).
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Research Co-investigator) Mohamed, Sherine (Researcher) Horgan, Donagh (Researcher) Whitfield, Caroline (Researcher)
GCRF Scottish Funding Council COVID-19 Response Award
01-Jan-2020
Global Engagement Fund Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Cultural Heritage in the area of Greater Aswan, Egypt
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Co-investigator) Horgan, Donagh (Co-investigator)
Global Engagement Fund
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
GCRF Pump Priming Re-Enterprising the 'Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo'
Nicolopoulou, Katerina (Principal Investigator) Christine Samy Aziz Habib, C (Co-investigator) Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah (Co-investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator)
Re-enterprising the ‘Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo’. The project explores women's micro and social entrepreneurship within challenged and marginalised informal settlements in Greater Cairo, as a potential solution to tackle challenges of sustainable water resources for these communities using a holistic framework of entrepreneurship, architecture, urban planning and social innovation.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
KA107 staff and PhD students mobility with the University of Belgrade, Serbia
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Grierson, David (Co-investigator)
3 academics and 2 PhD students involved in mobility activities
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Sustainable Development for Ecotourism.
Grierson, David (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2021
The Quality of Urban Life in Sub-Sharan African Cities
Salama, Ashraf (Academic) MacLean, Laura (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2019

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