Architectural Education; Emerging CitiesDesign PedagogySocial and Cultural Factors in Architecture and Urbanism
Dr. Ashraf M. Salama is Full Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde. He was the Founding Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy-FHEA and the Royal Society of the Arts-FRSA. He received his education and training at Al Azhar University University in Cairo and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. With varied experience in academic research, teaching, design and research based consultancy, Professor Salama bridges theory and design and pedagogy and practice in his professional activities. He has held permanent, tenured, and visiting positions in Egypt (Misr International University and Al-Azhar University), Italy (University of Naples_Federico II), Qatar (Qatar University), Saudi Arabia (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals), and the United Kingdom (Queen's University Belfast). He has written over 100 articles and papers in the international refereed press; authored and co-edited seven books. He is the chief editor of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, associate editor of Open House International-OHI, and serves on the editorial boards of many international journals and on the scientific committees of several international organizations.
Professor Salama was the recipient of the first award of the International Architecture Design Studio, University of Montreal, Canada, 1990, and in 1998 he won the Paul Chemetove Prize for his project on Architecture and the Eradication of Poverty, a United Nations International Ideas Competition. He served served as member of the international jury for projects within the context of the revitalization of Sarajevo, Bosnia (2000), and a UIA Jury member in the international competition on designing a central urban park in La Paz, Bolivia (2001-02). He has chaired the jury team for the International Students Competitions: organized by the IAHH-the International Association for Humane Habitat, Mumbai, India in 2005-2006. He served on the Master Jury of the Architecture-Plus Awards-2nd Cycle, Dubai (2007) and Cityscape in Doha (2012). His academic experience includes teaching courses on architectural programming, design methods and theories, applications of socio-behavioral studies in design, and architectural and community design studios. His courses and research projects place emphasis on recent developments in architecture and urbanism in emerging cities. His recent research and writing focus on, theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urban design, typological transformations in traditional architecture/urban spaces, sustainable design processes, assessing designed environments from users' perspective, diversity in urban spaces, and assessments of Middle Eastern architecture.