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Topics of interest include multiculturalism, lifestyle trends and housing transformations; socio-spatial practice of migrant communities; knowledge economy and sustainable urban qualities; quality of urban life frameworks and testing of models and domains; cultural identity and image- and place-making; examining the spatial characteristics of urban traditions; and user-centred assessment studies (POE/BPE).

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, PhD

Award Date: 15 Jan 1996

Architecture, MSc

Award Date: 28 Jun 1991

Architecture, BSc (Hons)

Award Date: 30 Jun 1987

External positions

Appointed Panel Member, Serra Húnter Programme for Academic Appointments, Catalonia

1 Feb 2024 → …

Appointed Jury Member, EDRA Great Places Awards, Environmental Design Research Association, United States.

31 Dec 20231 May 2024

Panel Chair, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology

30 Apr 2023 → …

Co-Director, UNESCO/UIA Validation Council-Architectural Education, Paris, France

5 Jan 2022 → …

Honorary Visiting Professor, Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia

1 Jan 20191 Jan 2022

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture, Bilkent University, Turkey

1 Nov 201720 Nov 2017

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia

15 Oct 20168 Nov 2019

Visiting Professor, Department of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

15 Jan 20121 Jul 2012

Visiting Professor, Chair of Spatial and Territorial Planning, The Technical University of Munich, Germany

2 Sept 200915 Apr 2013


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