Talks & Interviews


Selected Talks and Keynotes

Invited Speaker, The webinar series of ADA - Architecture, Design, Art Magazine: Do You Know Your City - Social Disconnect and Discontent. ADA - Architecture, Design, Art Magazine, Online, July 2020.


The second session of the webinar series, Rethinking Architectural Education in South Asia - Learn, (Un)Learn, (Re)Learn. Institute of Architects, Pakistan-Karachi Chapter, Online, July 2020.


Invited Speaker: UMAR: Post-Covid 19 Adaptive Strategies in the Mediterranean, From the New Normal to the Stable State: Navigating Urban Form and Urban Life Dialectics in a Post Pandemic Virtual World.

Rome, Italy, Online, June 2020.


Invited Speaker: Covid-19 Multidisciplinary Challenges & Practices, Helwan University, Inhabiting Post-Covid-19 City and the Emergence of New Socio-Behavioral Patterns.

Cairo, Egypt, Online, June 2020.

Covid 19 Public Space Talk Series, URDC, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. The Spatiality of the Social, Implications in Architecture and Urbanism.

URDC, EMU, Cyprus, Online, May 2020.


Guest Lecture: Faculty of Design and Architecture UPM, Integrationist Agendas for Urban Research: Between Urban Sustainability and Architectural Identity.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov 2019.

Keynote Speaker: The International Conference of Arequitectonics Network (Mind, Land, and Society, From Priori and Posteriori Knowledge to Trans-disciplinary Production of Architecture.

Barcelona, Spain, May 2019.


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

Glasgow, UK, May 2019.

Keynote Speaker: The City (Re)Shaped. Exploring the nexus between politics, memory, and urbanism, University of Leeds, , The Quest for Socio-Cultural Sustainability: Implications for Research and Education.

Leeds, UK, Sept 2018.

Keynote Speaker: 2nd International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, University of East London, , The Quest for Socio-Cultural Sustainability: Implications for Research and Education.

London, UK, Sept 2018.

Keynote Speaker: KLAF 2018 - Kuala Lumpur Architectural Festival DATUM:EDU, The Future of Architectural Education and Design Pedagogy in a Global Society.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2018.

Guest Speaker: Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Sustainable Urbanism and Globalisation: Architectural and Urban Transformations in Emerging Cities of the Middle East.

Belgrade, Serbia, Nov 2017.

Guest Speaker: Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Bilkent University, Shifting Perspectives and Emerging Directions in Architectural Design Pedagogy.

Ankara, Turkey, Nov 2017.

Forum Chair: Forum 20, Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2017 - Design to Thrive: Education, Training, and Practice in Built Environment Disciplines.

Edinburgh, UK, July 2017.

Invited Speaker, Lecture at the American University of Cairo (AUC), Emerging Issues in Architecture & Urbanism, with Special Reference to MENA Cities.

Cairo, Egypt, Dec 2016.

Invited Speaker: Conference - University of Strathclyde: Decision-Making – Place Making, Questioning Participation and the Value of the Triadic Paradigm of “conceived-perceived-lived” Space.

Glasgow, UK, June 2016.

Invited Speaker: Professorial Seminar, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Place Typologies and Transformations in Emerging Knowledge Economies.

Glasgow, UK, June 2016.

Keynote Speaker: Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE 2014 - UC Berkeley), Universiti Putra Malaysia. Shaping Urban Tradition and the Contemporary Lived Space in a Globalizing Context.

KL, Malaysia, Dec 2014.

Keynote Speaker: 2nd International Symposium -- Emerging Cities in the Arab World, Demystifying Doha: An Emerging City Matters and Some Other Matters.

Doha, Qatar, April 2013.

Invited Speaker: International Workshop on Place Making & Cultural Identity of Cities, Faculty of Architecture, Beirut Arab University, Multiple Architectural Modernities on the Arabian Peninsula in a World of Global Flows.

Beirut, Lebanon, April 2013.

Keynote Speaker: The Malaysia Architectural Education Conference, Beyond the Consumption of Knowledge: Questioning of and Questing for Future Forms of Pedagogy in Architectural Education.

Serdang, Malaysia, Oct 2012.

Invited Speaker: Symposium on Conditions for an Architectural Practice, part of Middle East Lecture Series, Narrating Doha’s Contemporary Architecture:

Zurich, Switzerland, April 2012.

Invited Speaker: Symposium on Urban Dynamics in the Gulf Region: Challenges, Options, Horizons, Image and Place Making in the City of Doha.

Munich, Germany, Oct 2011.

Invited Speaker: Dohaland Chair Lectures in Architecture at Qatar University: Faces – Places: Towards a Meaningful Architecture and Urbanism.

Doha, Qatar, Dec 2010.

Selected Interviews, Videos, Podcasts

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

Architectural Education in the Post-COVID Era: Envisioning New Opportunities and Implications

New York, Baltimore, Glasgow, 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.


Covid 19 Public Space Talk Series, URDC, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. The Spatiality of the Social, Implications in Architecture and Urbanism.

URDC, EMU, Cyprus, Online, 29 May 2020.

The webinar series of ADA - Architecture, Design, Art Magazine: Do You Know Your City - Social Disconnect and Discontent.

ADA - Architecture, Design, Art Magazine, Online, 24 July 2020.

The second session of the webinar series, Rethinking Architectural Education in South Asia - Learn, (Un)Learn, (Re)Learn.

Institute of Architects, Pakistan-Karachi Chapter, Online, 25 July 2020.

Episode 11 of Arch Ed Podcast Series, by James Brown: On New Directions for Pedagogy in Architecture and Beyond.

@ De Monfort University, LSA, Leicester, United Kingdom, 25 June 2015.

Seminar at the Faculty of Architecture, Ondokus Mayis University: The Question for Multiple Types of Knowledge: Design and Critical Inquiry in Architecture and Urbanism.

OMU, Samsun, Turkey, 29 Nov. 2013.

Emily Alp Interviews Ashraf Salama for the News Letter of Qatar National Research Fund Towards a More Conscious Approach to Urban Development,

QNRF Newsletter, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals, Issue 8, Online, January, 2012.

Some Earlier Interviews:

2004: Interview with A. M. Salama by Craig Miller titled: Selling Sustainability: Interviews with Experts and Consultants, Facilities Design and Management Magazine, VNU Business Media, New York, New York, Volume 22, Issue 2 (February 17, 2004).

2003: Interview with A. M. Salama by Brian Johnson, titled: Supporters Tout New Buildings Design Standards, Finance and Commerce, Minnesota Business Journal, Dolan Media: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Volume 116, Issue 86 (April 17, 2003).