Selected News

This page presents selected news of Professor Ashraf M. Salama including activities. completed or in progress, on conferences, publications, and latest talks or interviews, and recorded presentations


Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research -- is ranked Q1 in both Architecture and Urban Studies (May 2021).

The new SCOPUS journal rankings for 2020 - just out today: ARCHNET-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research continues to be a top Q1 Journal in both Architecture & Urban Studies W/ CiteScore (eq. Impact Factor 2.4).


- IN ARCHITECTURE Q1 - RANKING - # 22/138 (has been Q1 for four years since 2016)

- IN URBAN STUDIES Q1 - RANKING - # 54/215 (has been Q2 for five years since 2015)


As the Chief Editor of ARCHNET-IJAR since its inception in 2006/07 I offer my sincere thanks to the advisory board, the international review board, reviewers, authors, and EmeraldPublishing for the hard work and time everyone is putting for making this wonderful achievement.

-From Responding to Crisis to Approaches for Better Urban Futures (Evidence Review) is part of a recent study developed by Ashraf M. Salama for WHO RO-Europe

The European city continues to witness various forms of struggles and endures to experience a multitude of influences that include crises which are resulting from both natural and human induced hazards. It has already endured the test of time and have withstood significant urban challenges and the associated social and environmental ramifications. This review underscores urban challenges and health problems that emerge from crisis situations and how they were managed, while exploring how environment and health priorities, cities have envisioned as part of their urban resilience strategies, policies, and practices, are being shaped and developed.

European Cities: Building Better Urban Futures: From Responding to Crisis to Approaches for Better Urban Futures (Evidence Review)

From Responding to Crisis to Approaches for Better Urban Futures (Evidence Review) is part of a recent study for WHO RO-Europe


With their varied physical, economic, socio-cultural, and socio-political presence, European cities have always been highly distinguished urban environments expressive of heterogeneity, diversity of activities, entertainment, excitement, and happiness. They have been, and still are, places for the formulation of and experimentation with new values, social practices, industrial development, and innovative manufacturing. They produce, reproduce, represent, and convey much of what counts today as culture, social norms, environmental knowledge, science, public health, governance, and politics. Characterised by these elements, and while aspiring for resilience and a sustainable urban future, the European city continues to witness various forms of struggles and endures to experience a multitude of influences that include crises which are resulting from both natural and human induced hazards. Across the European continent, cities host the largest share of national populations, continue to accommodate growing communities, and are accountable for the economic, infrastructural, environmental and social contexts in which they live. These cities have already endured the test of time and have withstood significant urban challenges and the associated social and environmental ramifications. This review underscores urban challenges and health problems that emerge from crisis situations and how they were managed, while exploring how environment and health priorities, cities have envisioned as part of their urban resilience strategies, policies, and practices, are being shaped and developed.

Visit Research in Architecture & Urbanism https://www.archurbanresearch.net/home

A New Research Platform: RAU Research in Architecture & Urbanism https://www.archurbanresearch.net

Research in Architecture and Urbanism https://www.archurbanresearch.net (RAU) is an online platform that captures major research activities of Professor Ashraf M. Salama and colleagues, outlines efforts undertaken as part of key research projects that amount to a total of $ US 3.0 million dollars of research funds over a period of more than 30 years. The site includes links to research publications, different types of information of interest to architects, urban designers, and planners who are seeking to expand their knowledge on research in architecture and urban environments globally but with a focus on Gulf Cities and Egypt as important contexts within the global south.

The site will be launched in July and is being developed to categorise the body of work in to themes as well as contexts.

Negative sanitation systems – untreated

sewage canal in a village on the borders

of GCA (Samy Habib, 2019)


New Article: Re-enterprising the unplanned urban areas of Greater Cairo – a social innovation perspective

Re-enterprising the unplanned urban areas of Greater Cairo, a social innovation perspective

May 2021, for Open House International https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-06-2020-0063

Katerina Nicolopoulou, Ashraf M. Salama, Sahar Attia, Christine Samy Habib, Donagh Horgan, Heba Allah Essam E. Khalil, Asser Bakhaty. Based on a research project in collaboration with Cairo University, funded by the Scottish Funding Council / University of Strathclyde: GCRF Pump Priming Re-Enterprising the 'Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo'

This study aims to develop an innovative and comprehensive framework to address water related challenges faced by communities located in urban settlements in the area of Greater Cairo. It is commonly accepted that such global challenges that border issues of resilience, community development, social equity and inclusive growth, call for a collaboration of disciplines. Such collaboration allows for the identification of synergies in ways that can enlighten and enrich the space of potential solutions and create pathways towards robust solutions.

*Only papers that have been submitted to the ThinkSpace Conference for pre-vetting will be considered for publication in this special issue.

Archnet-IJAR: Sustainable solutions for Tropical Asian Cities: The nexus between architecture, technology and heritage.

Special issue planned for June/July 2022 (Volume 16 Issue 2)


Archnet-IJAR Chief Editor: Professor Ashraf M. Salama


Guest editors of this Special Issue

Dr. Keith Kay Hin TAN, Taylor’s University Email: KeithKayHin.Tan@taylors.edu.my

Dr. Johannes Widodo, National University of Singapore, jwidodo@nus.edu.sg

Dr. Camelia Kusumo, Taylor’s University, Cameliamayli.Kusumo@taylors.edu.my


The well-documented shift of the global economy’s centre of gravity from Europe and North America towards the Indo-Pacific region has generated a surge in interest regarding the region’s socio-economic present and its imagined future. Commercial and academic Interest in the region’s cities and built environment has similarly grown, with academic publications about architecture increasingly embracing issues of tropical, warm-climate design. Given the threat of global warming to the future well-being of mankind, the issues of sustainable solutions for tropical Asian cities will have implications not only for Asia, but will also hint at future challenges and solutions affecting many parts of a rapidly warming planet.

Archnet-IJAR has partnered with Taylor’s University for the ThinkSpace Conference 2021. To find out more about this conference please follow this link: https://thinkspace.taylors.edu.my/paper/

For more information check here >>>>>>

Forthcoming Review: Egypt’s Housing Crisis: The Shaping of Urban Space, Yahia Shawkat, The American University in Cairo (AUC) Press.

Extract from a recent review, by Ashraf M. Salama for the Middle East Journal of the ME Institute @ AU-Washington, will be published in summer 2021.

Approaching a century of crises, housing in Egypt has been, and continues to be, produced and reproduced within a very complex milieu which can be portrayed by an obsession with top-down approaches while encompassing a multitude of intersecting economic, social, and political factors. Over the past four decades, this has been coupled with a deteriorating urban infrastructure, and in tandem, the rapid urban growth and the surge in the development of new communities, satellite cities, and the associated policies that support these endeavours. While these factors continue to agglomerate and impact the mainstream urban poor and lower income groups, recent efforts of the public sector attempt to address these complexities, but strikingly aspire to reshape the production of housing with a desire to mimic hyper-capitalist approaches adopted in some of the neighbouring affluent countries. In essence, this manifests to accommodate the growing population, the emerging socio-economic trends, and the accompanying incipient lifestyles of specific higher-income segments of the Egyptian society. In this book, Yahia Shawkat, a housing and urban policy researcher, known of his interest and advocacy for spatial justice and fair housing, constructs a convincing, well-articulated argument on the need for serious reform. Egypt’s Housing Crises: The Shaping of Urban Space offers a comprehensive analysis and a series of vigorous discussions, characterised by an impartial candidness, on the evolutionary nature of crises and the contemporary condition of housing in Egypt.

See Middle East Journal, Middle East Institute, American University in Washington. >>>>>>

A Series of Coffee Interviews of Ashraf M. Salama on Some of His Contributions -- Discussant Attilio Petruccioli - Bibliotheca Orientalis, Bari, Italy.

20 May 2020: As many cities in the world are still under lockdown, we wonder about our future urban everyday life. We asked Prof. Ashraf M. Salama how the pandemic has affected the way we experience architecture and the urban space. What will be the challenges that future architects and city planners will have to take on?

Views about urban density, urban qualities, traditional cities, the changing nature of urban spaces, emerging cities, the global condition and how all these are impacted by current restrictions as part of covid-19 measurements. Our discussion is centred on what does it mean to inhabit the gulf city now and in the future and how people engage with the city.

2 June 2020: In this coffee meeting we focus on two key contributions of Salama & Wiedmann Demystifying Doha - On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City' and Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf: Urban Transformations in the Middle East. The underpinning research conducted over decade of these two book was funded by Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Foundation.

Demystifying Doha features a comprehensive discussion on contemporary architecture and urbanism of Doha as an emerging regional metropolis. Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf takes the discourse to a wider scale of the Gulf Region.

28 August 2020: This coffee meeting discusses the latest book of Ashraf M. Salama and Marwa M. El-Ashmouni: Architectural Excellence in Islamic Societies which uncovers architectural and place production away from ‘Orientalism’ and the colonial chauvinistic views by constructing narratives unique to various contexts within the Islamic world while discussing the role of the Aga Khan Award in setting values of architectural and urban excellence. The examination of more than sixty awarded & shortlisted projects developed in more than 35 countries delineates decolonised narratives on the enduring values of architecture; architectural and urban conservation; built environment sustainability; and architectural pluralism and multiple modernities.

A New Article: Assessing Public Open Spaces in Belgrade – A quality of Urban Life Perspective.

Assessing public open spaces in Belgrade – A quality of urban life perspective

Tamara Vukovic, Ashraf M. Salama, Biserka Mitrovic, Mirjana Devetakovic.

This paper interrogates the impact of spatial transformations on urban life. It explores the level of individual and group satisfaction and sense of well-being within the urban public realm by reporting on the outcomes of an assessment study of three key public open spaces in Belgrade. The paper is an outcome of a European Commission funded project – KA107 academics and PhD students mobility and exchange between University of Strathclyde, Scotland and University of Belgrade, Serbia (2017-2019). Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research.

Published online: 8 April 2021, see here >>>>>>

Keynote: the Realities of the Contemporary City: Between the Conceived, the Perceived, and the Experienced

Keynote: Integrationist Approaches: Interpreting the Realities of the Contemporary City: Between the Conceived, the Perceived, and the Experienced.


Al Azhar Engineering 15th International Conference (AEIC-15), Holistic Engineering - Egypt 2030 Vision. Cairo, Online, 13 March 2021.

Foreword: Rethinking the 'Lived"within the 'Urban" of the Middle Eastern City

Foreword: Rethinking the ‘Lived’ Within the ‘Urban’ of the Middle Eastern City in a new book: Urban Challenges in the Globalising Middle East: Social Value of Public Spaces by Simona Azzali, Silvia Mazzetto, Attilio Petruccioli (Eds.).

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Foreword: Transdisciplinary Thinking for Conceptualising Borders and Boundaries

Foreword: Transdisciplinary Thinking for Conceptualising Borders and Boundaries in a new book: The Dialectics of Urban and Architectural Boundaries in the Middle East and the Mediterranean by Suzan Girginkaya Akdağ; Mine Dincer; Meltem Vatan; Ümran Topcu; İrem Maro Kırış (Eds.).

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Salama, A. M. & Wilkinson, N. (eds) (2007). Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future. Gateshead, Urban International Press (UIP)

Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future, Ashraf M. Salama & Nicholas Wilkinson (eds.) Is Now Available for Download.


Addressing academics, practitioners, graduate students, and those who make decisions about the educational system over twenty contributors remarkably introduce analytical reflections on their positions and experience. Two invited contributions of N. John Habraken and Henry Sanoff offer visionary thoughts on their outstanding experience in design pedagogy and research.

Structured in five chapters, the book introduces theoretical perspectives on design pedagogy and outlines a number of thematic issues that pertain to critical thinking and decision making; cognitive and teaching/learning styles; community, place, and service learning; and the application of digital technologies in studio teaching practices, all articulated in a conscious endeavour toward the betterment of the built environment.

Contributors (in order of chapters):

Ashraf M. Salama; Nicholas Wilkinson; N. John Habraken; Henry Sanoff; Michael K. Jenson; Anu Yanar; Yasser Elsheshtawy; Neçdet Teymur; Donatella Mazzoleni; Malika Bose; Nisha Fernando; Stephen Kendall; Ryan E. Smith; Yasser Mahgoub; Louise Wallis; Jeffrey Haase; Noam Austerlitz; Iris Aravot; Richard Kroeker ; Virajita Singh; Ruth Morrow; Jeffrey Hou; Hülya Turgut; Rabee Reffat; Mirjana Devetakovic; Luca Caneparo.

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Routledge Series on Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South

Series Editors: Ashraf M. Salama and David Grierson: The Global South continues to experience a multitude of influences. Architecture and urbanism have experienced dramatic transformations that instigated critical questions about urban growth, sustainable development, regenerating and retrofitting cities, the quality of urban life, health, liveability, identity, multiculturalism, among others. In some regions within the Global South, architecture and urban environments are developed in tandem with environmental degradation, ethnic and regional conflicts and mass displacements of refugees, political and economic instability, among other undecorated realities. In essence, this conveys a sharp dichotomy that is emerging as a new field of investigation, discourse, and writing.

The series places emphasis on architecture and urbanism of cities and settlements in the Global South which is defined geographically to include key capitals, major cities, and important settlements within Africa, the Arabian peninsula, the Indian Sub-Continent, the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East, South America, and South Asia.

Written by international experts and researchers, the volumes will cover a wide spectrum of topics that range from vernacular architecture, architectural heritage, urban traditions, explorations of the works of global south and international architects, to themes that include the architecture of squatter settlements, housing transformations, urban governance, the impact of globalization on cultural identity as manifested in architecture, and sustainable urbanism.

Panel Speaker: Envisioning Architectural Education for Malaysia.

15 February 2021

Welcoming Address : Ar. Mustapha bin Hj Mohd Salleh, Chairman, Council of Architectural Accreditation and Education Malaysia (CAAEM)


Expert Panel 1: Global Views On Architecture Education, Prof. Dr. Ashraf M. Salama, Director of Research Cluster of Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom


Expert Panel 2: The Leadership In The Built Environment: Sustainability And Resiliency

Emeritus, Prof. Tan Sri Dato' Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Member, Board of Directors Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)


Expert Panel 3: The Role Of Research-Led Design In Architectural Education: Relevancy And Challenges In Facing A Crisis, Prof. Christopher Tweed, Head of School, Chair in Sustainable Design Cardiff University, United Kingdom


Closing Remarks, Ar. Zairul Azidin bin Badri, President, Board of Architect Malaysia


Moderator, Prof. Dr. Syed Ahmad Iskandar bin Syed Ariffin, Member, Council of Architectural Accreditation and Education Malaysia (CAAEM). Executive Director, Institut Sultan Iskandar (ISI), UTM


Salama, A. M., People-place integrated narrative for a post-pandemic context

7th International School of Ageing, University of Chile.

The Impact of the Pandemic on the Elderly: A View from a Rights Perspective.

Watch lecture here - in English with subtitles in Spanish, Online, Santiago, Chile, 12-15 January 2021.

Special Issue, Archnet-IJAR: Vol 15 No 1: Architecture, Urbanism, and Health in a Post Pandemic Virtual World

The Future is Here @ Strathclyde: Student architectural & urban responses to the covid-19 condition

Architecture Students @ Strathclyde with Ombretta Romice and Ashraf Salama.

Publication of the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom, developed December 2020, published in March 2021. Download >>>>>

Series of Talks and Keynotes - Professor Ashraf M. Salama (November 2020 - January 2021).

Invited Speaker: Salama, A. M., Understanding the implications of covid-19 and lockdown measures for the future of built environment.

Impact Engagement Webinar: Design and Placemaking in a Post-Covid World.

Online/Glasgow, 13 January 2021.

Watch the full webinar on youtube >>>>>>

Keynote Speaker: Salama, A. M., Revisiting People-Place Narrative: Architectural and Urban Implications in a Post Pandemic Virtual World. 8th Int'l. Urban Design Conference: Cities in Distress.

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 15 December 2020.

Keynote Speaker, Seminar on Teaching Architecture - Junior Academics, Evolutionary, Revolutionary, and Transitory Design Teaching Practices, (IAB) Institute of Architects Bangladesh, Dhaka, Online, Dec. 2020.

Keynote Speaker, AGORA CAUMME 2020 Mediterranean Between Regeneration and Expansion, Discourse on the Future Sustainable Port City, German University in Cairo / GUC, Egypt, Online, 25 Nov. 2020.

Series of Talks and Keynotes - Professor Ashraf M. Salama (October - November 2020).

Invited Speaker, International Conference on Appropriate Building Technology, A Message to OB Community, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa, Online, 23 Nov. 2020.

Invited Speaker, 2nd Intl Conference on Sustainability and Resilience, Sustainable Urbanism As If people Mattered, University of Bahrain, Manama, Online, 11 Nov. 2020.

Keynote Speaker, Reproducing Architecture and Urbanism in the Midst of a Pandemic Condition, International Conference on Architecture and Urbanism in the Age of Planetary Crisis, Ecodemia, London, 23 October 2020.

Invited Panellist, Harvard Gulf Sustainable Urbanism Book Launch, Session 3, The Traditional Neighbourhoods and Architecture of the Region, Online, Doha-Boston, 21 October 2020.

Educating Architects in a Post-Pandemic World, Ashraf M. Salama & Michael J. Crosbie.


The Covid-19 pandemic has raised a series of questions about the challenges facing the two-centuries-old canons of architectural education, their suitability to a post-pandemic digital world, and what the future of architectural education in the current university system might be.

In a period of less than three weeks, commencing in March, architecture schools around the world made significant decisions to shelve face-to-face learning in physical settings and move to a model in which online teaching and learning, collaboration, engagement and interaction, review and assessment, and celebrating student achievements are the only safe forms of group or collective activity. They were immediately challenged to do everything differently. The situation that schools are facing now, however, is not just a response to Covid-19. The model that has evolved over two centuries is changing within the space of a few weeks or months. Various reactions and responses to address this challenge are now in progress, within a very fluid scene. All of this remains a work in progress.

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Sharjah Architecture Triennial

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

Arabic Transcript - English Transcript

Listen to Podcast here >>

Sharjah Architecture Triennial, 4 Sept 2020.

Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClercq, Founders of Epidemic Urbanism Initiative, speak to Ashraf M. Salama.

New York, Baltimore, Glasgow, 11 September 2020.

This talk, by Professor Ashraf M. Salama, is part of the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative, which Drs. Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClercq founded in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Institute of Architects Pakistan-Karachi Chapter (IAP-KC) and the Board of Architectural Education (BAE-IAP) are excited to announce the webinar series, “Rethinking Architectural Education in South Asia” to be held every Saturday, 5pm PKT (+5 GMT), first three sessions on 18th July and 25th July, 8th August, 2020.


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Architectural Education: Learn, UN-Learn, RE-Learn

This online event takes upon the curiosity revolving around ‘new normal’ amidst the current situation and the need to adapt, redefine, and evolve the Architectural Education in South Asia.

Panelists include both international and national architects within academia and the profession, creating a dialogue to determine a direction which can ultimately bridge the gap between the utopia of academia and reality of practice. The series is an open dialogue between panelists which will be followed by a series of questions from the audience.

Architectural Education: Learn, UN-Learn, RE-Learn ... Rethinking Architectural Education on South Asia (25 July 2020).

The second session titled, Learn, (Un)Learn, (Re)Learn , takes upon the curiosity revolving around ‘new normal’ amidst current situation and the need to adapt, redefine, and evolve the Architectural Education in South Asia. Panelists include both international and national architects within academia and the profession, creating a dialogue to determine a direction which can ultimately bridge the gap between the utopia of academia and reality of practice.

The panel for the second session comprises of esteemed Architects and Academics such as Ar. S.M. Jahangir Khan Sherpao (Pakistan), Ar. Dr. Prof. Anila Naeem (Pakistan), Ar. Prof. Ashraf M. Salama (UK), and Ar. Prof. Hasan-Uddin Khan (USA). This will be moderated by Architect Nabah Ali Saad and Architect Sami Chohan.

ADA is an international publication, documenting Architecture, Design, and Art in Pakistan and neighboring regions. The publication is specific to architects, designers, artists, theorists, social scientists, activists, academics & related professionals. http://www.adapk.com/

Panelists included in this Webinar (24 July 2020): Kamil Khan Mumtaz; Attilio Petruccioli; Ashraf M. Salama; Maria Aslam; and Zarminae Ansari

ADA Webinar Series: Do You Know Your City? Social Disconnect and Discontent, 24 July 2020, Online (Bari, Dubai, Glasgow, Karachi).

Speaker Profile

Ashraf Salama is Professor of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and former Head of the School of Architecture (2014-2020). He is the Director of the Cluster for Research in Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South. Ashraf has published over 170 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and authored and co-edited 14 books. His interests and experience cross the boundaries of disciplines and involve theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urban design. He is the Editor of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research (ARCH) and Open House International (OHI).

Read full transcript here:

https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/architecture-urban-design-post-covid-19-city-transcript

Listen here:

https://radiopublic.com/emerald-podcast-series-WPknJQ/s1!e7b0e

Emerald Podcast Series: Architecture and Urban Design of the Post COVID-19 City.

Recorded 25 June 2020, Published 23 July 2020

Daniel Ridge speaks with Ashraf Salama, about the role of architecture and urban planning in the context of the global pandemic.

The global pandemic has changed the way we use the spaces around us, particularly how we operate in public, whether it be at the grocery store or the workplace. We join Ashraf Salama (University of Strathclyde, UK) to ask what the implications of disease spread are for architectural education and research.

In this episode, Daniel speaks with Ashraf Salama, Professor of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow about the role of architecture and urban planning in the context of the global pandemic. In rethinking how we use public and private spaces under the current conditions, Professor Salama looks ahead to the Post-Covid-19 city. What will the workplace look like? What about city centres, or our homes that that have been transformed into workplaces? The implications of the pandemic for architects and urban planners are wide and far reaching and are already reshaping architectural research and education.


Key Questions addressed in this episode:

What are the main issues that architects and urban planners must address in the face of Covid-19? What are the long-term effects of how we interact with spatial environments post-pandemic? What are the negative and positive consequences of the “new normal” as they become the “actual normal?” How will urban planners rethink travel and transportation in the post-pandemic city? What does retrofitting mean to our relationship with existing buildings and how will it shape our lives? What role do architects and urban planners play in developing informal settlements like those in Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai How do architects take a transdisciplinary approach to urban development? How is architectural education changing as it looks ahead to the post COVID-19 city?

Invited Talk on Post Covid-19 Urban Life and the City.

30 June 2020 - 4.00-6.00 pm (CET), Online.


From the New Normal to the Stable State: Navigating Urban Form and Urban Life Dialectics in a Post Pandemic Virtual World

Ashraf M. Salama


Part of UMAR - Union of Mediterranean Architects

POST COVID-19 ADAPTIVE STRATEGIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION


The meeting aims to investigate how Covid-19 has impacted the world with particular attention to Mediterranean Countries; and how the community of architects reacted and the good practices implemented. We intend to investigate in particular: Complexity teaching architecture online-distance learning assessment, Inspiring best practices in different Mediterranean sections, Housing design development versus Mediterranean societies’ lifestyle (the new idea of “Home” versus work / educational places), Impact by different “National Associations of Architects” in the Mediterranean region to the pandemic situation, among others.


IAPS 2020 Symposium: Reconceptualising Architectural & Urban Design Education through People-Centred Multidisciplinary, Integrative Approach (Symposium 16).

25 June 2020, Online, Quebec City, Canada


Dina Shehayeb, Nile University, Egypt

Ferdinando Fornara, University of Cagliari, Italy


In Collaboration with IAPS Education Network

  • Ashraf Salama, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom


Part of

IAPS 2020 RUNNING OUT OF TIME - Setting the pace for future generations https://www.iaps2020.com/

IAPS 2020 Symposium: Reconceptualising Architectural & Urban Design Education through People-Centred Multidisciplinary, Integrative Approach (Symposium 16).

25 June 2020, Online, Quebec City, Canada


  • Dina Shehayeb, Nile University, Egypt

  • Ferdinando Fornara, University of Cagliari, Italy


In Collaboration with IAPS Education Network

  • Ashraf Salama, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom


Architectural education needs to qualify students to intervene in the rapidly changing systems and processes of human settlements and have the capacity to reconnect people and place in a dynamic synergy that leads to positive impacts on human well-being. The architect needs to be an agent of social and spatial evolution towards a better ecological harmony in its broadest sense. This symposium will discuss various experiments and experiences attempting to address the following challenges in architecture education: integrating scales from a single room to part of a city, factoring human aspects into all subjects of the curriculum, reconciling explanatory and normative theory, integrating research into the design process, reinstating the human being at the centre of sustainable development (going beyond the measurable dimensions of environmental aspects), utilising technological advances as enablers rather than drivers, and developing transdisciplinary concepts and tools that can bridge the gap between architecture and urban design, on the one hand, and other disciplines. These challenges revolve around mainstreaming People - Environment relations in the multiple facets of architectural and urban design education.


08:45 Introduction

* Dina Shehayeb, Nile University, Egypt


08:50 Bridging the gap between education and practice in architecture and urban design: An exploratory study

Shimaa M. Ali, Suez Canal University, Egypt

Dina Shehayeb, Nile University, Egypt

* Ferdinando Fornara, University of Cagliari, Italy


09:03 Pedagogy for Environment-Behaviour Studies: A Voice from the Global South

* Smita Khan, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, India


09:16 A New Older Way of Learning: The RAIC Syllabus Program Considered

* William Crompton, RAIC Syllabus Program, Canada

* John Raimondo, Raimondo & Associates, Architects, Canada

Ian Ellingham, Cambridge Architectural Research, United Kingdom


09:29 Coalition building in architectural pedagogy: preparing students for a changing world

* Olivier Vallerand, Arizona State University, United States


09:42 On the person and the milieu: A communicational model for thinking the political nature of architectonic articulation

* Michael Doyle, Université Laval, Canada


09:54 Discussion

* Ashraf Salama, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

After Coronavirus: How Seasonal Migration and Empty Centres Might Change Our Cities?.

See New Article, Ashraf M. Salama, The Conversation, 15 June 2020


The changes to urban space brought by the coronavirus have many people asking: what the post-pandemic city might look like

For example, as people may continue to avoid crowds for fear of becoming ill and more are able to work from home, will more people leave high-density cities for peripheral or rural areas? After all, research shows that the spread of COVID-19 has been linked to urban density. On the other hand, high density may not necessarily be a public health issue. The cities of Singapore and Hong Kong have higher densities than New York and London, but have managed to control the virus spread through aggressive management actions. These include early testing and extensive tracing of cases rather than full isolation or quarantining.


See more: https://theconversation.com/after-coronavirus-how-seasonal-migration-and-empty-centres-might-change-our-cities-139439

Invited Talk - The Spatiality of the Social: Webinar, Urban Research and Development Center, Eastern Mediterranean University.

29 May 2020: Covid 19 Public Space Talk Series is organised to provide a virtual discussion platform to share know-how on the future of our cities and public places. The mission of Eastern Mediterranean University's Urban Research and Development Center (URDC) is to improve understanding of and deliver innovative responses to urban challenges by providing a forum of contributions to the quality of urban environment to promote sustainable urban settlements.

Emerald Open Research - Webinar by Dr Gemma Hemming and Prof. Ashraf Salama.


27 May 2020: Find out more about how Emerald's open access platform Emerald Open Research works and how it can help authors rapidly share their research findings related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.



Watch how the platform works and hear from experts about the benefits of publishing open access and their thoughts on the peer review model.


Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaBOABZlsPI

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Initial Responses Beyond the New Normal.


Chaired by Prof. Branka Dimitrijevic.The meeting included a presentation by Professor Ashraf M. Salama, entitled "initial responses beyond the new normal: architecture and urbanism in a post pandemic virtual world" that explored potential contributions of architecture and allied disciplines to the post pandemic era (4 May 2020, Glasgow).

Feature image taken from CommonEdge

by Andy Yueng, as part of his “Urban Density” drone series.

Michael Crosbie interviews Ashraf Salama on possible outcomes in a post-coronavirus world.

In the wake of the global pandemic crisis, there’s been speculation about how architecture, urban planning, and design might be permanently affected. Ashraf M. Salama, a professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland, and the director of the Cluster for Research in Architecture and Urbanism of Cities in the Global South, has been following how these disciplines might be changing. He’s recently written a publicly peer-reviewed paper on some of his findings: “Coronavirus Questions That Will Not Go Away: Interrogating Urban and Socio-Spatial Implications of COVID-19 Measures.” I sat down with Salama to discuss some of the issues he raises, and what their implications might be for the built environment in the future (7 May 2020)


See more here: https://commonedge.org/how-might-the-covid-19-pandemic-change-architecture-and-urban-design/

Coronavirus Questions That Will Not Go Away: Interrogating Urban and Socio-Spatial Implications of COVID-19 Measures.


Emerald Open Research, Sustainable Cities Gateway https://emeraldopenresearch.com/articles/2-14/v1 A position article that examines the contribution of architecture and urban design and planning to a post pandemic virtual world (published on 16 April 2020)


Salama, A. M. (2020). Coronavirus questions that will not go away: interrogating urban and socio-spatial implications of COVID-19 measures. Emerald Open Research - Sustainable Cities Gateway, 2, [14]. https://doi.org/10.35241/emeraldopenres.13561.1

Honorary Visiting Professor - Lectures and Seminars at the Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Following long collaboration with the Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Professor Salama is appointed as an honorary visiting professor (2018-2021). This involves annual visits to discuss curriculum development, research projects and deliver series of seminars. Earlier Professor Salama has been an external examiner for Bachelor and Master professional programmes from 2013 to 2017) and has been external examiner for PhDs since 2008. The latest visit in November 2019 included two seminars:


Integrationist Agendas for Urban Research: Between Urban Sustainability and Architectural Identity

Professor Ashraf M. Salama

Professor of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow United Kingdom

Honorary Visiting Professor, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia


This lecture captures key issues relevant to urban studies as they related to sustainability and identity as two key concepts that characterise recent urban discourse. The presentation builds on a recent article entitled “integrationist triadic agenda for city research: cases from recent urban studies” The lecture is based on a paper published in 2019:


Salama, A. M. (2019). Integrationist triadic agendas for city research: cases from recent urban studies. Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 43(2), 148-157. https://doi.org/10.3846/jau.2019.11220



Research Approaches and Publication Strategies

Professor Ashraf M. Salama

Professor of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow United Kingdom

Honorary Visiting Professor, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia


an inclusive insight into methodological research in architecture and allied disciplines and unravel aspects that include philosophical positions, frames of reference and spheres of inquiry. It demonstrates the glaring dearth of cognisance and a reaction to a growing but confusing body of knowledge that does not offer a clear picture of what research in architecture is. By identifying key characteristics, philosophical positions and frames of reference that pertain to the research in architecture and associated disciplines, the findings represent a scholastic endeavour in its field. The seminar is based on a paper published in 2019:


Salama, A. M. (2019), Methodological research in architecture and allied disciplines: Philosophical positions, frames of reference, and spheres of inquiry, Archnet-IJAR, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 8-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARCH-01-2019-0012

Visiting Professorship, University of Belgrade: From Cities and Multiculturalism to Research and Pedagogy in Architecture and Urbanism.

In November 2019, professor Ashraf Salama delivered a series of lectures and workshops with faculty, PhD and Masters at Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia. The seminar series, held between 4 and 8 November 2019, forms a part of the collaboration project. See coverage of the series of seminars below. The project has also resulted in a number of activities that include exchange of 4 PhD students and 5 professors. An example of this is a recent research paper that interrogates the impact of spatial transformations on urban life. It explores the level of individual and group satisfaction and sense of well-being within the urban public realm. See a recent publication here:

Vukovic, T., M. Salama, A., Mitrovic, B. and Devetakovic, M. (2021), Assessing public open spaces in Belgrade – A quality of urban life perspective, Archnet-IJAR, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARCH-04-2020-0064

KA107, ERASMUS+ Research Mobility: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and University of Belgrade, Serbia.

With academic staff and PhD students of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, during November 2019 academic exchange visit.

Seminar 1: 5 November 2019

Design Studio Teaching Practices

Design education in architecture and allied disciplines is the cornerstone of design professions that contribute to shaping the built environment of the future. In this seminar, design education is dealt with as a paradigm whose evolutionary processes, underpinning theories, contents, methods, tools, are questioned and critically examined. The seminar features a comprehensive discussion on design education with a focus on the design studio as the backbone of that education and the main forum for creative exploration and interaction, and for knowledge acquisition, assimilation, and reproduction. Through international and regional surveys, the striking qualities of design pedagogy, contemporary professional challenges and the associated sociocultural and environmental needs are identified.

Building on twenty-five years of research and explorations into design pedagogy in architecture and urban design, this seminar authoritatively offers a critical analysis of a continuously evolving profession, its associated societal processes and the way in which design education reacts to their demands. Matters that pertain to traditional pedagogy, its characteristics and the reactions developed against it in the form of pioneering alternative studio teaching practices. Advances in design approaches and methods are debated including critical inquiry, empirical making, process-based learning, and Community Design, Design-Build, and Live Project Studios. Lessons learned from techniques and mechanisms for accommodation, adaptation, and implementation of a ‘trans-critical’ pedagogy in education are conceived to invigorate a new student-centered, evidence-based design culture sheltered in a wide variety of learning settings in architecture and beyond. This seminar is based on Professor Salama’s recent book: Spatial Design Education: New Directions for Pedagogy in Architecture and Beyond, by Routledge, London in 2015.

https://www.routledge.com/Spatial-Design-Education-New-Directions-for-Pedagogy-in-Architecture-and/Salama/p/book/9781472422873

Seminar 2: 7 November 2019

Research Paradigms in Architecture and Urbanism

The purpose of this seminar is to contribute an inclusive insight into methodological research in architecture and allied disciplines and unravel aspects that include philosophical positions, frames of reference and spheres of inquiry. Following ontological and epistemological interpretations, the adopted methodology involves conceptual and critical analysis which is based on reviewing and categorising classical literature and more than hundred contributions in architectural and design research developed over the past five decades which were classified under the perspectives of inquiry and frames of reference.

Postulated through three philosophical positions – positivism, anti-positivism and emancipationist – six frames of reference were identified: systematic, computational, managerial, psychological, person–environment type-A and person–environment type-B. Technically oriented research and conceptually driven research were categorised as the perspectives of inquiry and were scrutinised together with their developmental aspects. By mapping the philosophical positions to the frames of reference, various characteristics and spheres of inquiry within each frame of reference were revealed. Further detailed examples can be developed to offer discerning elucidations relevant to each frame of reference.

The content of the presentation is viewed as an enabling mechanism for researchers to identify the unique particularities of their research and the way in which it is pursued. The seminar is based on the recent article Methodological research in architecture and allied disciplines: Philosophical positions, frames of reference, and spheres of inquiry, by Ashraf M. Salama, Archnet-IJAR 2019, International Journal of Architectural Research, Emerald.

https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/ARCH-01-2019-0012/full/html

Seminar 3: 8 November 2019

Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf: Paradoxes & Realities

Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf offers a comprehensive analysis carried out to reveal the various complex layers of contemporary urbanism in the world’s biggest urban growth scenario rooted in foreign migration. Within real estate markets housing has become the top commodity and thus a main factor of economic growth in all Gulf cities. The direct interdependency of economic growth and housing has led to the paradox of increasing land prices and the resulting lack of affordable housing and growing challenges for future growth built on continuously exchanging migrant societies.


Today, Gulf cities are expressions of controversies: vacant mega projects and crowded high-density agglomerations; themed spectacles and monotonous built environments; continuous urban sprawl and intense high-rise conglomerates and rapid internationalization and traditional conservatism. All these internal factors and external influences represent tensions that have led to highly fragile entities. These identify housing development as the most crucial element keeping Gulf cities alive or eventually leading to exacerbating these tensions if not comprehensively considered from an integrated perspective of sustainable urbanism.


The seminar is based on the recent book: Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf: Urban Transformations in the Middle East, by Florian Wiedmann & Ashraf M. Salama, published by I.B.Tauris/Bloomsbury 2019, London.


https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/building-migrant-cities-in-the-gulf-9781788310680/

See also an interview by - Bibliotheca Orientalis, Bari, Italy on the same topic here:

In this coffee meeting we focus on two key contributions of Salama & Wiedmann Demystifying Doha - On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City' and Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf: Urban Transformations in the Middle East. The underpinning research conducted over decade of these two book was funded by Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Foundation Demystifying Doha features a comprehensive discussion on contemporary architecture and urbanism of Doha as an emerging regional metropolis. Building Migrant Cities in the Gulf takes the discourse to a wider scale of the Gulf Region.

Invited Keynote Ashraf Salama, trans-disciplinary production of architecture (May, 2019, visit: https://pa.upc.edu/ca/Varis/altres/arqs/congresos/conference-arquitectonics-mind-land-and-society-2019-2

Invited Speaker: Annual Symposium, University of Strathclyde - Architecture (s) for Resilience, Traditions, Trans-disciplinarity, and Knowledge as Architectures for Resilience. Glasgow, UK, May 2019.

Salama, A. M. (2018), From the Global South: Pedagogical Encounters in Architecture. Charrette: The Journal of the UK Association of Architectural Educators. Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2018, PP. 1-7. ISSN # 2054 6718.

A Comprehensive Framework for Understanding Cities Shaping and (Re)Shaping Processes, Ashraf M. Salama, 11 September 2018, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Speaking at the KLAF 2018: Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2018. This is part of the International Architectural Education Conference: Towards a New Paradigm in Architectural Education> The Talk can be referred to: Ashraf M. Salama (2018). The Future of Architectural Education and Design Pedagogy in a Global Society.

The Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Buil Environment: Research in Practice (SDBE 2018) organised in London, UK on 12th-13th September 2018 (Venue: The Crystal, London, E16 1GB). SDBE 2018 conference http://newton-sdbe.uk/conferences/sdbe-2018/ will be a unique opportunity for researchers, academics, architects, urban designers, engineers, building consultants and professionals to meet and share the latest knowledge, research and innovations in sustainable building design, building performance, simulation tools and low carbon building related technologies. The conference is part of the British Council Newton Institutional Links Fund: Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment BC-SDBE and focuses on Research in Practice in sustainable design, building energy performance, sustainable urban design and planning with an emphasis on a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of sustainability in theory and practice. The conference will form a platform to demonstrate state-of-the-art strategies and best practice across the world for integrating sustainable design approaches in the built environment. The conference will include prominent keynote speakers from academia and practice to maximise opportunities for knowledge exchange.


Keynote Speakers include:

  • Philip Jones, Professor, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

  • Ashraf Salama, Professor, Head of Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

  • Patrik Schumacher, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Sean Smith, Professor, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University.

Professor Ashraf Salama is the 2017 UIA Recipient of Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism. He received the Prize at the UIA World Congress of Architects, September 2017.


See UIA Awards Ceremony 2017 here>>>

A talk associating the Gold Medal and Appreciation Awards Ceremony:

In Cairo on 6th January 2018 at an event recognising international achievements of architects from Egypt, Professor Ashraf M. Salama has received the Gold Medal of the Society of Egyptian Architects (The UIA National Section) for career achievement and in recognition of receiving the 2017 UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for Architectural Education and Criticism.

Professor Salama has also received Appreciation and Recognition Awards from the Egyptian Engineering Syndicate - The Architectural Division for the important role and contributions to raising the profile of the profession of Architecture.

Public Spaces and Everyday Practices of Migrant Labour in Gulf Cities - Proceedings of Planning Research Conference PRC 2017: Transcending Boundaries: Global Flows and Spatial Justice, Sep 11, 2017 by Ashraf M. Salama, Florian Wiedmann, and Simona Azzali.

Guest Lectures (November 2017): “Sustainable Urbanism and Globalisation: Architectural and Urban Transformations in Emerging Cities of the Middle East” and Architectural and Urban Education for a Knowledge Making Profession.

Prof. Salama gave two seminars: “Shifting Perspectives and Emerging Directions in Architectural Design Pedagogy” and “Contemporary Housing Transformations and Urban Dynamics on the Arabian Peninsula.” He also contributed to various reviews and studio sessions (November, 2017).

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Architecture Committee of the Supreme Council of Culture in Egypt, announced a call for the 2016 Hassan Fathi Award for Architecture, addressing the following topics: Projects of Recreational Buildings and Shopping Malls, and Projects by Egyptian Architects Living Abroad. Professor Salama was on the international jury for the Award-2016 The winners were announced on 2nd November 2016 during a seminar entitled “The Future of Architectural Education” in which Professor Salama presented a keynote entitled ... "Architecture at Strathclyde: Voices from within and influences from beyond."

Salama, A. M. (2016) Persisting Inquiries: Interrogating Mosques Architecture in Western Cultures. The First International Conference on Mosques Architecture. 5-7 December 2016, Dammam University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Invited Lecture (10 December 2016) on Learning Architecture: Contemporary Challenges and Aspirations for the Future, SEA - Society of Egyptian Architects.

Invited Talk - Ewart Memorial Hall, the American University in Cairo. The lecture is organized jointly with the Society of Egyptian Architects - UIA Egyptian National Section.

Paper title: Nationalist Particularism and Levels of Legitimizing Architectural and Urban Traditions in Four Gulf Cities, IASTE 2016, Kuwait, December 2016.

Research Seminar (29 May 2017): Salama, A. M. (2017). Mapping Lifestyle Theories to Housing Dynamics in Rapidly Growing Multicultural Cities.

Invited Lecture- Salah Abdel Karim Auditorium, Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Zamalek, Cairo. In this lecture, Professor Ashraf Salama discusses various issues relevant to contemporary trends in urban research with a focus on understanding attributes of everyday urbanism, (December 2016).

Professorial Seminar @ Strathclyde, Prof. Ashraf Salama: Place Typologies and Transformations in Emerging Knowledge Economies (April 2016).

Guest Lecture: Modernity – Identity: NPU, Xi'an, China

Guest Lecture: Modernity – Identity in a World of Global Flows:The Case of the Arabian Peninsula, NPU, Xi'an, China (May 2016).

A key talk in conference:Decision-Making Place-Making: Frameworks, Processes and Practices, talk entitled: Questioning Participation and the Value of the Triadic Paradigm of “Conceived-Perceived-Lived” space, June 2016.

Presentation - Salama, A. M. and Wiedmann, F. (2016). Plurality of Hubs and Emerging Place Typologies in Gulf Cities. Proceedings of BRISMES Annual Conference 2016. the University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus, on 13 –15 July, 2016.

Public Lecture: 100 Years of Architectural and Urban Traditions in the Arabian Peninsula

Public Lecture at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar: 100 Years of Architectural and Urban Traditions in the Arabian Peninsula: Towards Comprehensive Research Frameworks, 8 April, 2015.

A Talk at a Knowledge Exchange Event at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, 24 April 2015.

Key Address, RIAS 2015: Interrogating Urban Regeneration & Development in Cities of the Middle East

By Whom and for Whom? Interrogating Urban Regeneration and Development in Cities of the Middle East. One of the key presentations at the International Convention of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), Big Moves - Local Agendas, Dundee, Scotland, 15/16 May 2015.

@ at Leicester School of Architecture: The Then, the Now, and the Future of Architectural Education

Invited Talk at Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University: The Then, the Now, and the Future of Architectural Education: Paradigmatic Transformations in Design Studio Teaching Practices, 25 June, 2015.

Integrated methodological framework for assessing urban open spaces in Doha from inhabitants' reactions to structured evaluations, Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum Proceedings: Vol. 2013, SSHO 010. DOI: 10.5339/qfarf.2013.SSHO-010, Ashraf M. Salama, Fatma Khalfani, Ahood Al-Maimani, Florian Wiedmann, 22 November 2013.

Invited Plenary Speaker at IASTE-2014: WHOSE Tradition: Talk entitled Shaping Urban Tradition and the Contemporary Lived Space in a Globalizing Context. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 14-17 December, 2014.

Public Lecture: Researching the Global South

Public Lecture: Researching the Global South: Contemporary Research Trends in Architecture and Urbanism - Distinguished Visitor Program, UCLAN - University of Central Lancashire, Center for Sustainable Development, 25 March 2015.

At at the Conference of the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Sustainability and Resilience of Buildings, Settlements, and the Natural Environment, 23 April 2015.

Interview, Gulf Times, Doha, 21 April, 2013. This was after a presentation entitled Demystifying Doha: An Emerging City Matters and Some Other Matters at the Second International Symposium of QFIS - Emerging Cities in the Arab World.

Invited Speaker: Multiple Architectural Modernities in the Arabian Peninsula in a World of Global Flows, Seminar on Place-Making and Cultural Identity of Cities, Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon, 11 April, 2013.

Keynote: Demystifying Doha: An Emerging City Matters and Some Other Matters at the Second International Symposium of QFIS - Emerging Cities in the Arab World, 15 April 2013.

Invited Seminar at the Faculty of Architecture, Ondokus Mayis University: The Quest for `Multiple Types of Knowledge: Design and Critical Inquiry in Architecture and Urbanism, 29 November, 2013.

Keynote Presentation offering directions to existing theoretical frameworks that might inform those educators who currently or aspire to use live projects in architectural education, Live Projects Colloquium, Queen's University Belfast, 25 March 2011..


The Symposium involved two guest speakers, Prof Amer Moustafa of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Prof Ashraf Salama of Qatar University (QU). They shared their insights on urban dynamics of the Gulf region. Prof Moustafa discussed urban developments in Dubai in a presentation, titled, “Audacious Dubai: City Making Under Post Urban Conditions”. Prof. Salama presented his perspective from Doha in a presentation, titled, “Image and Place Making in the City of Doha”. Organization - Lehrstuhl für Raumentwicklung. Prof. Dr. Alain Thierstein, TU München, Faculty of Architecture, 31 October, 2011.

A Conscious Approach to Urban Development, QNRF Newsletter, Issue 8, January 2012. Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. At the heart of the vision for the country's development is a decreased dependence on natural resources and an increased reliance on a knowledge economy. This vision demands much in terms of aligning infrastructure to support education and research. But more than that, it demands the right people to bring, create and transfer knowledge. Attracting them is one thing, retaining them is another. ... see more by clicking on title.

Invited Essay, Digital Architectural Papers, Issue 8 (Middle East 2), April 2012.



Keynote Address: First International Conference of the Center for Environment-Behavior Studies, University Technology Malaysia-MARA,14-15 November 2009, entitled: Knowledge and Design: People-Environment Research for Responsive Pedagogy and Practice.

Ashraf Salama's article published earlier in dAP - Digital Architectural Papers, entitled Narrating Doha's Contemporary Architecture: The then, the now, the drama, the theater, and the performance

(http://www.architecturalpapers.ch/index.php?ID=64),

has been translated into French by translated by Caterina Grosso and is published in LE COURRIER DE L'ARCHITECTE under the title Drame à Doha ? L'architecture est un théâtre.

Building on the Aga Khan Award Ceremony 2010 which took place at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha and the Seminar jointly organized with Qatar University on the Award projects in November 2010, Professor Salama’s talk was part of Dohaland Chairs lecture series at the Knowledge Enrichment Centre on Doha Corniche. The title of the talk was Overview of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Multiple Voices in Three Decades. 12 January, 2011.