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 ..
Keynote speakers: Kim Dovey, Sasha Tsenkova, Vivian Manasc, Ashraf Salama
Reimagining Public Spaces and Built Environments in the Post-Pandemic World, University of Alberta, December 2021
The IAPS Education Network was founded based on the efforts and the call of Necdet Teymur in 1992 during IAPS 12th in Halkidiki, Greece. He continued to lead the network until 1998 when Ashraf Salama and Joy Potthof joined him in convening the activities of the Network during IAPS 15th in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
The role of TeymPur continued to be instrumental, specifically in generating critical discourses on education and design pedagogy until IAPS 19 in Alexandria, Egypt, 2006.
Ashraf Salama has been leading the Network solely from 2006 to 2020. Dina Shehayeb joined Ashraf Salama in convening the activities of the Network and following her efforts they have jointly organised the Education Symposium as part of IAPS 25 June 2020, (Online) Quebec City, Canada.
Conveners (from 2020)
Exchange of knowledge and dissemination of research findings and education in built environment related disciplines.
Promote research on design pedagogy and studio teaching practices.
Envision ways in which people-environments studies can be incorporated into design teaching practices.
Promote trans-disciplinarity in design pedagogy.
27th World Congress of Architects – UIA 2021 RIO, Brazil (30th June, 2021)
Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research -- is ranked Q1 in both Architecture and Urban Studies (May 2021).
European Cities: Building Better Urban Futures: From Responding to Crisis to Approaches for Better Urban Futures (Evidence Review)
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.
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)
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.
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
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.).
Foreword: Transdisciplinary Thinking for Conceptualising Borders and Boundaries
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
Salama, A. M., People-place integrated narrative for a post-pandemic context
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
Series of Talks and Keynotes - Professor Ashraf M. Salama (November 2020 - January 2021).
Keynote Speaker, Seminar on Teaching Architecture - Junior Academics, Evolutionary, Revolutionary, and Transitory Design Teaching Practices, (IAB) Institute of Architects Bangladesh, Dhaka, Online, Dec. 2020.
Series of Talks and Keynotes - Professor Ashraf M. Salama (October - November 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.
Educating Architects in a Post-Pandemic World, Ashraf M. Salama & Michael J. Crosbie.
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.
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 Webinar Series: Do You Know Your City? Social Disconnect and Discontent, 24 July 2020, Online (Bari, Dubai, Glasgow, Karachi).
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.
Invited Talk on Post Covid-19 Urban Life and the City.
IAPS 2020 Symposium: Reconceptualising Architectural & Urban Design Education through People-Centred Multidisciplinary, Integrative Approach (Symposium 16).
IAPS 2020 Symposium: Reconceptualising Architectural & Urban Design Education through People-Centred Multidisciplinary, Integrative Approach (Symposium 16).
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.
Coronavirus Questions That Will Not Go Away: Interrogating Urban and Socio-Spatial Implications of COVID-19 Measures.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Ashraf Salama, Professor, Head of Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde
Sean Smith, Professor, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.