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Professor Ashraf M. Salama is academic, scholar, and Chair in Architecture. He is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Head of the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He is co-Director of the UNESCO/UIA Validation Council for Architectural Education. Professor Salama has chaired and led three schools of architecture over the past 25 years in Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt (1996-2001), Qatar University, Doha, Qatar (2009-2014), and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (2014-2020). He is an honorary professor of architecture at the University Putra Malaysia and has held tenured and visiting positions in Egypt, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. He holds B.Sc. MSc. and PhD in architecture and has received his education at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Securing more than £2.0 million funded research over his research career, Professor Salama has published over 200 research outputs in the international refereed press including authoring and editing 17 books. His recent books include: The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South (2022), Influence and Resistance in Post-Independence Egyptian Architecture (2022), Transformative Pedagogy in Architecture and Urbanism (2021/09), Architectural Excellence in Islamic Societies (2020), Spatial Design Education (2015/16), Demystifying Doha: On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City (2013/16), Architecture Beyond Criticism: Expert Judgment and Performance Evaluation (2014).

He is the chief editor of the Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research and honorary editor of Open House International. Professor Salama is the UIA 2017 Recipient of Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism. He is a licensed architect in Egypt since 1987, practiced in Egypt (1987-92). He has been a consultant to the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism in Egypt (1996-2001), urban design consultant to a number of authorities and development agencies in the Middle East since 2004 and, from 2001 to 2004, the Director of Research and Consulting at Adams Group Architects, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

Research Expertise / Thematic Outlines

Professor Salama's research interests and experience cross the boundaries of disciplines and involve theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urban design; EBS - human environment interactions; 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; 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.

Feature Pages

Feature Contributions

Harriet Harriss, Ashraf M. Salama, and Ane Gonzalez Lara, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, November 2022, ISBN: 9780367893705.

Marwa El-Ashmouni and Ashraf M. Salama, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, July 2022, ISBN: 9780367703622.



Panel organized by Epidemic Urbanism Initiative (EUI), Online, 7 May 2022.

Architectural Education and Design Pedagogies: Global Perspectives and Challenges of Inclusivity, Health, and Resilience, Ashraf M. Salama (moderation), with --Kivanç Kilinç; Hermie Delport; Lindy Osborne Burton; Alice Ismail; Christina Malathouni; Hassan Radoine; David Gloster; and Marilys Nepomitchie.

Ashraf M. Salama, Evolving Urbanity on the Arabian Peninsula: Questions on the Production of Diverse Hubs and the Emerging Place Typologies.

The Bibliotheca Orientalis Attilio Petruccioli, SECA Foundation, the Polo Museale of Trani. Trani, Italy, 23 April 2022.

Ashraf M. Salama, Invited Talk: Contemporary Perspectives on Decolonizing Architectural Knowledge: Implications for Education, Research, and Practice.

PhD Seminar, DIARC, Architecture,

University of Naples Federico II, Napoli Italy, 21 April 2022.

Ashraf M. Salama, Keynote Talk: Questions Persist: On the Future of Urban Environments Beyond the Pandemic.

1st International Conference on Pandemics and the Changing Built Environment: Learning from History - Planning for Tomorrow. Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey/Online, 28-30 April 2022.

Ashraf M. Salama, Invited Keynote: Transdisciplinary for Future Post-Pandemic Built Environment.

International Symposium: Reimagining Public Spaces and Built Environments in the Post Pandemic World, ai4 Society, University of Alberta.

Edmonton, AB, Canada/Online, 9-12 December, 2021.

Ashraf M. Salama, Invited Workshop: Knowledge Dissemination in Architecture and Design Research.

Workshop for faculty and students of schools of architecture, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University.

Lubbock, Texas, USA, Online, 23 November 2021.

Ashraf M. Salama, Invited Speaker: Transdisciplinary Research for Affordable and Sustainable Housing. Roundtable #1: As part of Lisbon Workshop Programme, RE DWELL MCSA-ITN 1st (Chair F. Samuel, with D. Clapham, G. Debizet, D. Petrescu, and A. Salama).

RE DWELL, Lisbon Portugal/Online, 23 Sept 2022.

Ashraf M. Salama, Invited Speaker: A Century of Evolution in Architecture and Urbanism in the Arabian Peninsula.

Lecture Series, Urban Design Group, with Husam AlWaer and Attilio Petruccioli.

UDG, London, UK, Online, 16 Sept 2022.

Ashraf M. Salama, The implications of covid-19 and lockdown measures for the future of the built environment.

Impact Engagement Webinar, Design & Placemaking in a Post-Covid World.

Online/Glasgow - UK, 13 January 2021.

Ashraf M. Salama, Reproducing architecture and urbanism in the midst of a pandemic condition.

International Conference on Architecture and urbanism in the Age of Planetary Crisis.

Ecodemia, Online/London - UK, 23 October 2020.

Ashraf M. Salama & Michael J. Crosbie, Educating Architects in a Post Pandemic World: What opportunities does the “loss of the stable state” offer the future of education?

Common\Edge, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 14 October 2020.

Architectural Education in the Post-COVID Era, Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClercq interview Ashraf Salama on Envisioning New Opportunities and Implications.

EPI, Epidemic Urbanism Initiative, 11 September 2020.

Ashraf M. Salama & Florian Wiedmann, the speakers for Podcast Series 2: Architecture+ City, episode 3.

Arabic Transcript

English Transcript

Sharjah Architecture Triennial, 4 Sept 2020.

Florian Wiedmann and Ashraf M. Salama, I.B. Tauris / Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom, July 2019, ISBN: 9781788310680

Ashraf M. Salama and Marwa El-Ashmouni, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, August 2020, ISBN: 9781138482555