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Faculty Members

   

 

 

Fodil Fadli
Head of the Department
PhD. Architecture, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (2005)

Dr. Fodil Fadli is the Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. An architect and academic, he obtained the degree of "Architecte d'Etat" from the School of Architecture & Urbanism at EPAU Algiers. He successfully completed a PhD in Sustainable Architecture from the School of Architecture and Design Technology at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. Fodil has worked in the AEC industry and academia in Europe and the Middle East/North Africa region. His teaching and research interests cover sustainable architecture, sustainability assessment and modeling, the internet of things and people linked to smart buildings, building performance evaluation, building information modeling, architectural topology optimization, digitizing heritage, and the design of dynamic environments. He has published and presented his work extensively as a regularly invited speaker, expert reviewer, and examiner for regional and international Higher Education and Research & Design institutions. He is the recipient of several R&DI grants attracting more than US$ 3.5 Million over the last 5 years.

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Kasper Oosterhuis
Professor
Master in Sciences of Architecture, TU Delft, Netherlands (1979)

Professor Kas Oosterhuis is a visionary practicing designer, who lead the innovation studio ONL and the Hyperbody research group at the TU Delft from 2000-2016. Currently, Oosterhuis is a Professor at Qatar University where he will continue to expand his research and practice. The focus of his current research is parametric design and robotic building in the design to production/operation process. Featured projects are the A2 COCKPIT building in Utrecht, BÁLNA mixed-use cultural center in Budapest, and the LIWA tower in Abu Dhabi. In his latest book Towards a New Kind of Building: A Designers' Guide to Nonstandard Architecture [NAi Publishers, 2011], Oosterhuis reveals the fundamentals of his personal design universe, which embraces a paradigm shift from standard to nonstandard architecture and from static to dynamic environments as the initial condition. Oosterhuis delivered a TEDx lecture in 2012. Oosterhuis is editor-in-chief of the new scientific journal, Next Generation Building.

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Hatem Ibrahim
Associate Professor
PhD. Architecture Engineering, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (2000)

Dr. Hatem Ibrahim is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. His research area focuses on the architectural design process and simulation, contemporary urban planning and housing studies, architectural identity, and environmental and sustainable design. Dr. Ibrahim has secured several NPRPs and UREPs grants funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). In addition to his publications in scientific and professional journals and symposiums, Dr. Ibrahim has been a keynote speaker and technical program committee member for multiple international conferences. Also, Dr. Ibrahim is an Editorial Board member of several international journals. Dr. Ibrahim is a member of a number of educational organizations and served in many academic/research institutions in the UK, the USA, Saudi Arabia. and Egypt. In 2014, Dr. Ibrahim received the “Outstanding Research Project” award from the Qatar National Research Fund. 

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Lizmol Mathew
Assistant Professor
PhD. Architecture and Urban Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India (2001)

Dr. Lizmol Mathew is an architect-planner with 30 years of experience in academia and research. Before joining Qatar University in 2007, she was the Head of the Department of Architecture at the National Institute of Technology Calicut in India, where she served in various academic capacities for nearly 20 years. Dr. Mathew obtained her PhD from the IIT Roorkee (2001), a Master in Planning from the SPA, New Delhi, and a Bachelor in Architecture from JNTU Hyderabad, India. Her teaching spans several areas such as Architectural History and Theory, Design Studio, Landscape, Environment-Behaviour Studies, Creativity and Innovation, and Senior Projects. Dr. Mathew has attracted research funding in QU and NITC as well as active in architectural consultancy. Her research interests include the analytical history of architecture, environment-behavior studies, architectural design and education, architectural imageability, residential land management and housing markets, accessibility, sustainability, and landscape design. 

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Djamel Boussaa
Assistant Professor
PhD. Architecture, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (2008)

After obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Algiers in 1984, Djamel Boussaa was awarded a Master of Philosophy in Architecture from the University of York, UK in 1987. He taught as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture, University of Blida in Algeria for 8 years before joining UAE University in 1996, where he worked for 10 years. He joined the University of Bahrain in 2006. He was awarded a PhD in Urban Conservation by the University of Liverpool in 2008. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University since 2009. In addition to teaching, he is the DAUP Coordinator of Graduate Studies. During the last 30 years, he has published extensively about Urban Conservation in the Middle East/North Africa region including over forty conference papers, one book, two book chapters, and fifteen journal papers.

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Djamel Ouahrani
Assistant Professor
PhD. Architecture Engineering, Lund University, Sweden (2000)

Dr. Djamel Ouahrani earned his PhD degree in 2000 at Lund University in Sweden with a dissertation on the day-lighting and thermal effects of windows in desert houses. He is in charge of the building sciences Lab at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the American University of Beirut for the Master course in Applied Energy. He has worked as a Lecturer, Researcher, and co-Coordinator of the postgraduate course “Architecture, Energy and Environment” at Lund University. He has also worked as a practicing architect in Algeria and Sweden. He has conducted research and consultancy work in Sweden, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon. His main research interest is the energy efficiency of buildings for reducing heating/cooling loads and the efficient use of daylight using intensive computer modeling and simulations in combination with field measurements.

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Anna Grichting
Assistant Professor
Doctor of Design in Urbanism, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA (2008)

Anna Grichting is an architect, urbanist, and musician from Switzerland. She graduated with a Doctorate of Design in Urbanism from Harvard University. She has lived, practiced, and conducted research in Switzerland, the USA, the Gulf region, Cyprus, Korea, and Berlin. She is interested in holistic and systems approaches to design and her academic experience includes teaching at the University of Geneva and Harvard University, developing an Education Initiative for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, teaching the Balkans Peace Parks Summer Course, and collaborating on research and thesis projects with the Geneva University of Art and Design. Her research interests include Public Art and Public Realm, Food Security and Food Urbanism in Drylands, Urban Biodiversity and Urban Forestry, Blue Urbanism, the Urban Legacies of Mega Events, and Healing Ecologies in Border Landscapes of Conflict. She has published books, book chapters, and journal papers as well as given keynote speeches at international conferences.

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Salim Ferwati
Assistant Professor
PhD. Urban Geography, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada (1992)

Dr. Salim Ferwati conducts urban studies research with a focus on environment and behavior, the evolution of built forms and townscapes, and housing and community design. He received his PhD in Cultural/Planning Geography from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 1993. Salim was active in teaching, architectural documentation of 80 historical buildings, and managing his own architectural firm between 1996-99. He became a faculty member of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia in 1999 before joining the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University to establish their Architectural Engineering program in 2005. Since 2011, Salim has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. In 2016 and 2017, he received several international recognitions including the iCAN 2017 award from the Toronto International Society of Innovation & Advanced Skills (TISIAS).

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Shaibu Garba
Assistant Professor
PhD. Urban Design, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2007)

Dr. Shaibu B. Garba holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University, a Master of Architecture in Housing from McGill University, a Master of City and Regional Planning from KFUPM, and a PhD in Urban Design from Newcastle University. Dr. Garba has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and professional consulting. He has taught at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Sultan Qaboos University, and Qatar University. Dr. Garba has engaged in professional consulting employment in the areas of institutional facilities design, housing, and urban planning and design. Dr. Garba is engaged in urban studies research with a focus on urban management and governance as well as housing and community design. Dr. Garba has written more than twenty-five articles and papers published in international journals or presented at conferences. 

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Rashid Al Matwi
Assistant Professor
PhD. Urban and Regional Development for the state of Qatar Cairo, University of Cairo, Egypt (1999)

Dr. Rashid Al-Matwi holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and a PhD in Urban and Regional Development from Cairo University. Prior to joining Qatar University, Dr. Rashid had a long career in the public and private sectors. He worked at Qatar Development Bank, where he was Secretary of the Board and Consultant. Before that, he worked as a Senior Advisor for the renowned architecture firm Albert Speer & Partner (AS&P). In addition, he worked in the Urban Planning Department of Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture in Qatar, where he held several regulatory and managerial roles such as the Head of Project Planning, Design Control, Quality Control, and Architectural & Municipal Projects. He has worked on and supervised many public and private architectural and urban planning projects.

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Raffaello Furlan

Assistant Professor
PhD. Architecture, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia (2013)

Italian-Australian Raffaello Furlan holds Bachelor and Master degrees from IUAV in Italy and a PhD in Architecture from Griffith University in Australia. He has held visiting and permanent positions in Australia (University of Queensland, Griffith University, Brisbane), UAE (Canadian University, Dubai) and Qatar (Qatar University). His areas of teaching include project management, urban design, and architecture. His areas of interest include vernacular architecture and urban sociology. A member of the Board of Architects in Italy, he has 20 years of professional experience split between design-project management and supervisory roles; 6 years of which were in Italy, 10 years in Australia, and 4 years in GCC region. He was involved in managing the design concept, documentation, construction, and supervision of residential and commercial developments from inception through to completion. He is currently engaged as LPI in research projects funded by QNRF and Qatar University. Since 2014, Dr. Furlan has written about fifty papers published in refereed international journals.

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Mark David Major

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom (2015)

Dr. Mark David Major, AICP, CNU-A is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, at Qatar University. He is the author of The Syntax of City Space: American Urban Grids (Routledge, 2018) and the Poor Richard series (Forum Books, 2012, 2014, and 2017) of almanacs for architects and planners. Mark previously taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia USA and The Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning at University College London, UK. He was the Vice President, Business and Planning/Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Starr Sanford Design/Starr Style LLC and a former Director of Space Syntax Ltd. in London, UK. Mark is the recognized founder of International Space Syntax Symposia, which is now in its third decade. His research interests include spatial morphology, housing, real estate, and urban planning.

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Madhavi Indraganti

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Architecture, Jawaharlal Nehru Arcitecure and Fine Arts Univesity, Hyderabad, India (2009)

A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Madhavi Indraganti joined the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning as an Assistant Professor in 2017. A Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellow, Madhavi researched on thermal comfort, clothing insulation, and vernacular architecture in Qatar, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the USA in collaboration with the University of Tokyo and the University of California, Berkeley. She has been extensively published and cited. Madhavi is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. A licensed architect and pedagogy expert, she has 25 years of teaching, research, and professional experience. Prior to joining the DAUP, she was an Associate Professor at Prince Sultan University in Saudi Arabia. Her current research focus is occupant comfort in offices. She has been invited by many international conferences including ASHRAE, SHASE in Japan, QGBC in Qatar, and KACST of Saudi Arabia. She teaches construction management and sustainable design studios.

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Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad

Assistant Professor
PhD Architecture, Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University UK (2014)

Ahmad holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Ahmad Bello University in Nigeria. He also holds a Master of Architecture from Lincoln University, a Master of Science in Modern Building Design from Bath University, and a PhD from Loughborough University; all in the UK. He has more than 10 years of experience in teaching, research, and professional practice. He has worked on several research projects such as the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC) and Qatar Building Information Modelling (BIM) project. He has worked on the strategic implementation of BIM at the Atkins Global Design and Engineering Division in London. His area of teaching and research interest includes architectural design, sustainable building design, Building Information Modelling (BIM), architectural structures, and construction project management. He has written more than ten articles for journals and international conferences.

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Visiting Practitioner

   
 

Velina Mirincheva

Part-time Professional Intsructor for Design Studios
Master of Science in the Built Environment, University College London, UK (2012)

Velina is an Associate at Makower Architects responsible for the management and delivery of Doha projects, working directly with clients, and overseeing the design process. Velina has several years of experience in the USA where she holds a license as a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and LEED AP certification. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (with High Honors) from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and Master in Management of Complex Architectural Projects (Cum Laude) from the University of Paris ‘La Villette’ and University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ in both Italian and French. She also holds a Master of Science in the Built Environment (Advanced Architectural Studies) (with Distinction) from University College London, UK. She is a published author with an interest in evidence-based scientific analysis and applied socio-spatial research for urban planning solutions.

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Visiting Visual Artist and Designer

   
 

Ilona Lénárd

Part-Time Visual Arts/Design Tutor

Ilona Lénárd is a Dutch-Hungarian visual artist. She studied autonomous spatial design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Trained as an actress in Budapest, where she learned the importance of gestures and empathic intuition, Ilona’s autonomous work is characterized by Powerlines, strong fast and intuitive gestures, translated into abstract 2D and 3D worlds. In 1988-89, she resided in the former Studio of Theo van Doesburg – the famous Dutch painter, writer, theoretician and architect of the early 20th century - in Meudon near Paris, which was an inspiration for her intense cross-disciplinary work. This includes works of art in public spaces, intuitive sketching using computers, autonomous sculptures, collaborations with architects on large-scale sculpture buildings, interactive spaces, abstract calligraphic paintings, carpet design, and, more recently, robotic paintings.

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Teaching Assistants

   
 

Suhail Zakhour
Teaching Assistant

Suhail is an architect with both practice and research experience. He has a Bachelor of Architecture (Honors) in Architectural Engineering (Syria) and Master of Science in Environmental Design of Buildings from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK. He practiced architecture in Syria for ten years. In his current position as Teaching Assistant at the DAUP, he provides assistance in teaching and related tasks. He has published a variety of articles, research papers, and conference presentations in the fields of building performance analysis and microclimate simulation. His research interests cover building energy analysis, daylight simulation, thermal comfort and urban microclimate, and three-dimensional microclimate modeling and simulation. 

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Reham A. Qawasmeh
Teaching Assistant

Reham A. Qawasmeh is an architect and urban planner working as a teaching assistant in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University since 2009. She holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning and Design from Qatar University. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Jordan. She has 8 years of professional and academic experience in architecture in Jordan and Qatar. Her professional experience focused on coordinating the design of several projects, the presentation and rendering of projects including several competitions, and working on the design, development, and working drawings of major projects. Her teaching and research interests include urban quality, sustainable design, urbanism, and architectural design and practice.

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Revina Merry Abraham
Teaching Assistant

An architect by profession, Revina Abraham was born in Qatar. After completing her schooling in Qatar, she pursued an architectural education in India, where she received a Bachelor in Architecture from Sathyabama University in 2007. Prior to commencing her academic career at Qatar University, she was practicing as an architect at one of the leading architectural firms in Qatar, Diwan Architects, where she was responsible for developing detail designs and coordinating projects such as the Hilton Double Tree Hotel-Al Saad, Qatar Academies-Al Khor & Wakra, and the Premier Inn Hotel-Education City. She also worked for Qatar Design Consortium and Malachite Interiors on projects involving Store & Car Park for Diwan Emir-Mesaimeer and Mesaieed Refinery, Security & Gatehouse for QP-Mesaieed. She also has professional experience in India with Edifice Architects and Bhargav Associates.

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Hameda Janahi
Teaching Assistant

Hameda Janahi is an architect, who was awarded a Master of Architectural Design from University College London, UK in 2016. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning from Qatar University. She has worked in academia since 2014 as a teaching assistant in the architectural design studios at Qatar University, which granted her a scholarship to pursue her higher education in 2014. In 2017, Hameda started her PhD on housing typologies and inhabitants’ wellbeing ("Transformation of Housing Typologies in Qatar: The Effect on Inhabitants’ Behaviour and Well-Being"). This research focuses on what changes have recently taken place in the design of the house in Qatar and how these modifications impacted the inhabitants’ behavior and health. The research also aims at developing a comprehensive understanding of domestic transformation through an in-depth investigation of the impact of the contemporary spatial arrangements on the inhabitants of Qatar.

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Sultana Al-Nabet
Teaching Assistant

Sultana Al-Nabet was awarded a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning with Merit in a program accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2016. The research for her degree focused on researching the value of community participation in UK Core Cities through e-planning. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban Planning from Qatar University. She joined the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2017 as a Teaching Assistant while also working as a part-time researcher on NPRP and NUXES projects. She has received support from Qatar’s sponsorship program since 2013. Her research interests including research funded by QU and QNRF spans urban resilience planning, sustainable urban planning, e-planning, urban policy, community involvement, pre-carbon urbanism, and multidisciplinary planning. Her interests extend to Islamic urban planning, wildlife-friendly land use, urbanism interactions with different ages, and the reflection of history in urban planning and design. Sultana was awarded the Best Academic Research Poster at QU in 2013.

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Abdulla Alnuaimi
Teaching Assistant

Abdulla is a graduate of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. Abdulla has earned a NAAB-accredited Bachelor of Architecture in 2015 and a Master of Science in Architecture in 2017. Architectural design-oriented, his research interest revolves around establishing design methodologies for sustainable architecture. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects and the United States Green Building Council.

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Samer M. Osman
Teaching Assistant

Samer is an architect with 17 years of professional practice specializing in architectural design, and construction development. He has worked in the USA and Gulf Region with well-established engineering & architectural firms including Louis Berger and the Qatar Foundation in Doha, where he spent 7 years specializing in the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and sustainability. He has completed the prerequisite research for a NAAB accredited Doctorate of Architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. He was awarded a Master of Architecture (NAAB) at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia USA in 2012. His most recent project was the Qatari National Library for which he served as a senior architect in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas’ internationally-recognized firm, OMA.

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Lab Engineers

   
 

Maha Sobhey
Lab Engineer

Maha is working as a Lab Architect in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. She assists faculty and students in matters concerning the management of labs, attendance, and correcting student’s assignments for technical courses. Maha had a major role in establishing and running the Architecture Learning Resource Center (ALRC), Since 2013, she has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the facility. She was awarded a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering in Urban Design from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt in 2009 and a Master of Urban Planning and Design from Qatar University in 2015. She has published three papers at international conferences focused on quality of urban life issues surrounding high-rise buildings and their effect on microclimate and livability. 

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Habeeba Puthiyapurayil
Lab Learning and Resource Technician

Habeeba joined the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University as a Lab Learning and Resource Technician in 2017 where she helps to manage the Architectural Model Workshop and Architectural Learning Resource Center. An engineer by profession, she completed her education with a High Distinction in secondary school and a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering (First Class) from the Kannur University in Kerala, India. She began her academic career as a teacher in the Engineering College at Kannur University. Habeeba has also taught as software faculty at one of the leading computer institutions in India, CADD Centre, where she participated in various research seminars and workshops. She has expertise in AutoCAD, Revit, and Staad Pro.

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Administrative Coordinator

   
 

Kholoud Al-Qahtani
Administrative Coordinator

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Graduate Assistants

   
 

Heba Elgahani
Graduate Assistant

Heba Elgahani is an architect, who works as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning in Qatar University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Qatar University in 2016. Currently, she is pursuing graduate studies for a Master of Urban Planning and Design at Qatar University. Her goal is a career that successfully combines professional practice and academic education in the future. Heba is interested in the interplay between architecture/ urban design with people/ culture in shaping, and being shaped by, each other over time. Her current research investigates the role of ‘in-between’ spaces in the urban setting of Doha and potential design proposals for enhancing its role in the city’s culture. 

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Abdullah Al Mamun
Graduate Assistant

Abdullah Al Mamun joined the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University as a Graduate Assistant in 2017. He is a graduate of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and holds a Master of Civil Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. His academic responsibilities focus on the theory of structures for integrating the structural and functional components of building design. He is also responsible for the evaluation of assignments, proctoring exams and quizzes, conducting lab exercises, and tutoring sessions.

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Nezam Al-tayeh
Graduate Assistant

Nezam Abdelsalam Altayeh joined the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University as a Graduate Assistant in 2017. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with Honors from Qatar University in 2017. Nezam is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Qatar University. His academic and research responsibilities focus on structural engineering in building design.

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Dina Saleh
Graduate Assistant

Dina Saleh is an architect, who works as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning in Qatar University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Qatar University in 2017. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies for a Master of Urban Planning and Design at Qatar University. Her goal is a career that successfully combines professional practice and academic education in the future. Dina is interested in sustainable aspects of contemporary architecture/green urbanism/values of urban green spaces in promoting healthy living and well-being/quality of life for urban neighborhoods. Her current research investigates the role of ‘revitalizing urban quality of life' in the existing urban setting of New Doha and potential design proposals for enhancing its role in the city of Doha on the regional scale.

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