Last week, on November 27 and 28, the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design hosted a two-day visit by Prof. Ashraf M. Salama, head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland).
During his visit, 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 joined staff and students in attending courses at all levels, contributing to studio discussions and giving valuable feedback on student projects.
For over twenty years, Prof. Salama has been involved in both academic and professional life in Egypt, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. His work and research have focused on design education and sustainable architectural and urban design, with a strong emphasis on the impact of sociocultural factors in shaping the built environment. The recipient of the 2017 UIA (International Union of Architects) Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism, he has also authored or coedited nine books and over 170 articles.