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Prof Ashraf Salama

Head of Department

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Ashraf Salama is academic, scholar, and Chair in Architecture. He is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Head of the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He is co-Director of the UNESCO/UIA Validation Council for Architectural Education. Professor Salama has chaired and led three schools of architecture over the past 25 years in Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt (1996-2001), Qatar University, Doha, Qatar (2009-2014), and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (2014-2020). He is an honorary professor of architecture at the University Putra Malaysia and has held tenured and visiting positions in Egypt, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.  He holds B.Sc. MSc. and PhD in architecture and has received his education at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Securing more than £2.0 million funded research over his research career, Professor Salama has published over 200 research outputs in the international refereed press including authoring and editing 17 books. His recent books inlcude: The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South (2022), Influence and Resistance in Post-Independence Egyptian Architecture (2022), Transformative Pedagogy in Architecture and Urbanism (2021/09), Architectural Excellence in Islamic Societies (2020), Spatial Design Education (2015/16), Demystifying Doha: On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City (2013/16), Architecture Beyond Criticism: Expert Judgment and Performance Evaluation (2014). His research experience involves extensive PhD supervision and examination, where more than 25 PhD theses have been completed as primary/principal supervisor and more than 40 PhD theses have been examined with successful completion.  He is the chief editor of the Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research and honorary editor of Open House International. Professor Salama is the UIA 2017 Recipient of Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism. He is a licensed architect in Egypt since 1987, practiced in Egypt (1987-92). He has been a consultant to the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism in Egypt (1996-2001), urban design consultant to a number of authorities and development agencies in the Middle East since 2004 and, from 2001 to 2004, the Director of Research and Consulting at Adams Group Architects, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

Ashraf Salama

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Multimodal Appraisal of Zaha Hadid’s Glasgow Riverside Museum—Criticism, Performance Evaluation, and Habitability, Salama, A., Salingaros, N., MacLean, L. 9 Jan 2023, In: Buildings
  • The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South, Harriss, H., Salama, A., Gonzalez Lara, A. 1 Jan 2023
  • Including local actors' perspective in neighborhood sustainability assessment: evidence from Dubai's sustainable city, Dessouky, N., Wheeler, S., Salama, A. 15 May 2023, In: Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
  • Influence and Resistance in Post-Independence Egyptian Architecture, El-Ashmouni, M., Salama, A. 22 Jul 2022
  • Defying a legacy or an evolving process? A post-pandemic architectural design pedagogy, Salama, A., Osborne Burton, L. 28 Feb 2022, In: Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning
  • Assessing public open spaces in Belgrade – a quality of urban life perspective, Vukovic, T., Salama, A., Mitrovic, B., Devetakovic, M. 28 Oct 2021, In: Archnet-IJAR
  • The Five Controversies of Market-Driven Sustainable Neighborhoods: An Alternative Approach to Post-Occupancy Evaluation, Dessouky, N., Wheeler, S., Salama, A. 24 Jun 2023, In: Social Sciences
  • Urban form as a driver for inclusivity in public open spaces: A case from Glasgow, Pansare, P., Salama, A. 3 Sep 2023, Design for Inclusivity, Cham, Switzerland, Springer
  • "Learning About" and "Learning From": Enabling Approaches for Decolonizing Architectural Pedagogy in the Global South, Salama, A. 1 Jan 2023, The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Pedagogical Traditions in Architecture: The Canonical, the Resistant, and the Decolonized, Salama, A., Osborne Burton, L. 30 Nov 2023, In: Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Architectural Education and Design Pedagogies: Global Perspectives and Challenges of Inclusivity, Health, and Resilience 2022
  • Invited talk: Contemporary Perspectives on Decolonizing Architectural Knowledge: Implications for Education, Research, and Practice 2022
  • Examination: PhD Examiner, School of Architecture, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 2022
  • Examination: PhD Examiner, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom 2022
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: The Great Green Wall Initiative Webinar 2022

  • Preeti Pansare Inclusivity Index for Urban Public Open Spaces: Tool for Assessing and Assisting Design Start Date: 01/10/2022
  • Eda Seyok Examining Quality of Urban Life in Post-Industrial Cities Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • Architecture PhD January 15 1996
  • Architecture MSc June 28 1991
  • Architecture BSc (Hons) June 30 1987
  • Academician, Academy of Urbanism 2019
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Art 2009
  • Affiliate, Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA 2008
  • Licensed Architect, Society of Egyptian Architects 1987

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