Dr. Hisham Ali Mortada


Hisham Ali Mortada

P. O. Box 12161, Jeddah 21473, Saudi Arabia

++966 640-2000 ext. 4455, ++966 505-610-257 Fax: ++966 2 692-6918

e-mail: morahish@gmail.com

EDUCATION

1988-92 Ph. D. in Architecture (Doctor of Philosophy), The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
1986-88 MS. Arch. (Master of Science in Architecture) (with honor), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
1976-82 B. Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture), King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

 

ACADEMIC EXPERINCE

May 1997-Present Professor of Architecture. KING ABDUL AZIZ UNIVERSITY, JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA, Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design
December 2009-Present Adjunct Professor of Architecture. BERLIN UNIVERSITY, BERLIN, GERMANY.
2007-2010 Visiting Professor of Architecture. VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
1999-2000 Visiting Professor. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, TUCSON, USA. School of Architecture, College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES)
1994-96 Assistant Professor. KING FAISAL UNIVERSITY, DAMMAM, SAUDI ARABIA. Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning
1996-97 Visiting Professor. HERIOT WATT UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, EDINBURGH, UK
1988 Lecturer Assistant. THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, UNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

 

PROFESIONAL EXPERINCE

January 2009-Present Principal. ALTERNATIVE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN STUDIES, JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA
1999-2007 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Architect and urban planner for several private and public projects, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2003-04 MINISTRY OF HAJJ, JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA. Minister’s Advisor for Urban Affairs
1993-2000 EMIRATE OF MECCA, MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA. Urban planning advisor
1995 MUNICIPALITY OF JEDDAH, JEDDAH. Deputy Mayor Assistant for Urban Planning Affairs
1994 MUNICIPALITY OF JEDDAH, JEDDAH. Director General of Urban Planning
1985 D + ARCH LTD., LONDON, UK. Registered for professional practice of architecture.
1983-85 D + ARCH, JEDDAH. Professional practice of architecture. An architect and urban designer of various projects in Saudi Arabia
1983 SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL, ARCHITECTS / ENGINEERS / PLANNERS, JEDDAH. Architect and Urban designer
1982 BECHTEL CIVIL & MINERALS INC., SAN FRANCISCO, USA. Architect
1982 MINROU YAMASAKI AND ASSOCIATES, TROY, USA. Architect
1981 HPP INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS, DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY. Assistant architect

 

PROJECTS & STUDIES

  • “Documentation of Traditional Architecture of Saudi Arabia”, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, and Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, February 2011-present.

  • “Master Plan for Urban and Architectural Heritage Preservation of the Palaces Area, Tarim, Hadhramout, Yemen”, Design/Research Project, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, and Hadhramout University of Science and Technology, Mukala, Yemen, December 2010-present.
  • “Energy Museum”, Design Project, The Energy Institute, Phoenix, USA, February-May 2010.
  • “Timeline:  Digital Documentation of World Architectural and Urban Heritage of the last Century”, Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA, July 2008- June 2010.
  • “Master Plan of Urban Heritage Preservation of Harar, Ethiopia”, Presidency of Harar, Harar, Ethiopia, May 2008-March 2010.
  • “Socio-Urban Development of al-Jamom Area”, Emirate of Mecca, Jeddah, 2007. 
  • “Relocation of al-Jami’a Slum Dwellers”, Jeddah Holding Company, Jeddah, 2007.
  • “Traditional Built Environment of Jeddah”, Jeddah Encyclopedia, Al-Sehli Company, Jeddah, 2004-2008.
  • “Evaluation of Jeddah Proposed Master Plan, 2004-2054”, Higher Committee for Development of Mecca, Medina, and Holy Sites, Jeddah, 2004-05.
  • “Targeting Jeddah Slums for Urban and Social Upgrade”, Establishment of King Abdullah for His Parents for Corporate Housing, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2004.
  • “Means for Participation of Private Sector in Investment in Eco-Tourism in Saudi Arabia”, National Commission of Wildlife Preservation and Development, Riyadh, 2003.
  • “Means for Utilization of Traditional Architecture in Tourism Growth According to EU Standards”, Higher Commission for Tourism, Riyadh, 2003.
  • Designed “Ibn Siena Private College for Medical Sciences”, Al-Jadaani Group of Hospitals, Jeddah, 2002.
  • “Design Proposal for Islamic Civic Center in Al-Noor Mountain, Mecca”, Higher Commission for Mecca Region Development, Mecca, 2001.
  • Designed King Fahd Public Library, Jeddah, 1997-8.
  • “Principles of Regional Planning for Mecca Region in the Light of National Planning Strategy”, Regional Council, Emirate of Mecca Region, Mecca, 1995.

     

COMMUNITY SERVICE: NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL

  • Principal, Setting up various scientific chairs and centers of excellence of built environment related fields, Germany, January 2011-present.

  • Reviewer, Various Masters and PhD Programs on Built Environment related fields, USA, May 2010-present.
  • Organizer, Workshops on Historic Jeddah, Jeddah Municipality, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Germany, October 2009-March 2010.
  • Coordinator, Roundtable on Historic Muslim City, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, La Sorbonne, Paris, and Universite de Provence Aix-Marseille, France, 2007-2008.
  • Session Organizer and Chair, Old Muslim City, SAH 2008 Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Chicago, USA, 2006-08.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, Architectural Conservation 2, Municipality of Dubai, UAE, 2006-07.
  • Member, “Jeddah Streets and Squares Naming Committee”, Jeddah Municipality, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2004-present.
  • Session Chairman of various architectural and urban planning workshops and conferences in Saudi Arabia, USA, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, Chile, Peru and Brazil, 1999-2010.
  • Conference Chair, “Jeddah International Urban Forum:  Sustainability and Urbanism in a Changing World”, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2005.
  • Juror of various design submissions, Saudi Arabia, 1999-2004.
  • Keynote speaker of various international and national conferences, 2003-2011.
  • Member, Organizing Committee of the conference Sustainable Living II, Tucson, 2002, University of Arizona, Tucson, and Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA, 1999-2002.
  • Member, International Executive Committee of the conference Housing Issues and Challenges for the New Millennium, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 1998-99.

 

AREAS OF INTEREST

Sustainable built environment, old Muslim city, vernacular architecture, affordable housing, and cultural and environmental aspects of design and planning.

 

PUBLICATIONS BY HISHAM MORTADA

Refereed Full-Length Books 

  • Traditional Islamic Principles of Built Environment. Routledge Press:  London, New York, 2003.

Refereed Chapters

  • Urban Sustainability in the Tradition of Islam, in C. A. Brebbia, J. F. Martin-Duque and L. C. Wadhwa (eds.) The Sustainable City II:  Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, London: WIT Press, 2002.

Refereed Papers 

  • “Assessment of Post-Occupancy of Residential Towers in Saudi Arabia:  An Applied Study of Jeddah Rush Housing”, Journal of King Abdul Aziz University:  Environmental Design Sciences, 2009.
  • “A Socio-Urban Account of Jeddah Slums, Saudi Arabia”, Dirasat, The University of Jordan, 2008.
  • “The Heritage of Islam in the Traditional Urban Environment of Hispanic America”, Aumm al-Qura University Journal of Engineering and Architecture, 2008.
  • “Social Justice in Traditional Muslim Built Environment:  The Case of Non-Muslim Communities in Cordoba, Andalusia”, Journal of Al-AZhar University Engineering Sector JAUES, 2008.
  • “Cultural Diversity of an Ancient Urban Element:  The Cul-de-sac”, Engineering Research Journal, Helwan University, 2007.
  • “Affordable Housing in City Center:  Lessons from San Francisco, USA”, Journal of King Abdul Aziz University:  Environmental Design Sciences, 2007.
  • “Thamaya:  Saudi Housing Experience on Fighting Against Poverty and Strengthening Social Coherence and Sustainable Development”, Al-Azhar Engineering Scientific Journal, Al-Azhar University, Egypt, 2003.
  • “Confronting the Challenges of Urban Water Management in Arid Regions:  Geographic, Technological, Socio-cultural, and Psychological Issues”, Journal of Architecture and Planning Research, College of Architecture, Texas A & M University, USA, 2003.
  • “Contemporary Architectural Trends of Desert Sustainable Living:  The American Southwest as a Case Study”, Engineering and Science Journal, Asut University, Egypt, 2003.
  • “On the Architecture of the Extension of the Two Holly Mosques during King Fahd’s Epoch”, King Abdul Aziz University Scientific Journal, 2002.

Refereed Conferences

  • “Urban Sustainability in Traditional Societies:  The Case of Muslims”, Energy and Environment Conference, Phoenix, USA, 1 January-2 February 2011.
  • “Preservation of Urban and Architecture Heritage of Harar, Ethiopia”, 15th Conencion Cientifica De Ingenieria Arquitectura, Polytechnic University José Antonio Echeverría, Cujae, Havana, Cuba, December, 2010.
  • “Green Aspects of Building Materials of Traditional Architecture of Hot-Arid Region of Saudi Arabia”, 3rd International Congress of Environmental Research, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius, September 16-18 2010, April 2010.
  • “Sustainability of Traditional Architecture of Africa:  The Case of Mali and Ethiopia”, Energy and Environment Conference, Phoenix, USA, 1-3 February 2010.
  • “Electronic Time Line:  A Tool for Visualizing History of Islamic Architecture and Environmental Design”, First International Conference for Urban and Architecture Heritage in Islamic Countries, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 22-28 May 2010, December 2009.
  • “Regenerating Tradition to Empower and Shelter those in Need:  An Urban Case from Saudi Arabia”, X World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, UNESCO, Quito, Ecuador, 8-11 September 2009.
  • “Assessment of Public Appreciation of Sustainable Architecture in Saudi Arabia”, Energy and Environment Conference, Phoenix, USA, 1-3 February 2009.
  • “Relocation Preferences of Slum Dwellers of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia”, The 46th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Santa Fe, NM, USA, 1-5 June 2008.
  • “Najd Style:  A Timeless Tradition of Adobe Architecture and Sustainability”, Passive and Low Energy Architecture, 20th International Conference, Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, November 2003.

Other Papers

  • “Old Muslim City:  Continuity and Change”, Society of Architectural Historians 2008 Meeting, Cincinnati, USA, April, 2008.
  • “Brown for Green:  Earth as an Alternative Building Material in Hot Arid Regions”, Terra 2008:  10th Int’l Conference on Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage, Bamako, Mali, February, 2008.
  • “Urban Heritage of Jeddah”, Encyclopedia of Jeddah, 2007.
  • “Sustainable Rural Communities:  The Case of Saudi Arabia”, An International Conference of Rebuilding Sustainable Communities in Iraq:  Policies, Programs and Projects, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA, June, 2007.
  • “Faith and Form:  Roots of Urban Compactness of Old Muslim City”, European Association of Urban History 2006 Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2006.
  • “Adobe Architecture as a Means for Sustainable Living in Hot Arid Regions:  The Case of Saudi Arabia”, 9th Annual EPA Conference on Global Warming & Renewable Energy, Tucson, USA, January 2006.
  • “Districts of Hope”, 4th International Conference of Urban Sciences, West Pacific University, Honolulu, USA, June 2005.
  • “Architecture for The Poor: Saudi Housing Experience”, XXXIth IAHS World Housing Congress, Montreal, Canada, June 2003.
  • “Transformation of Urban Form from Traditional Compactness to Modern Sprawl:  The Case of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia”, Urban Morphology in the New Millennium, Conference, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, September 2001.
  • “On the Contemporary Cul-de-sac System Adopted in Saudi Neighborhoods”, Housing Issues and Challenges for the New Millennium, Proceedings of a Conference, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 1999.
  • “Challenges of Urban Water:  The Case of Major Cities of Mecca Region”, Housing:  An Heritage for the Future,  Oktay Ural et al, Vol. 1, Lisbon, Portugal, International Association for Housing Science (IAHS), Miami, USA, 1998.
  • “The Traditional Concept of Peacefulness in the Housing Environment”, How to House a Nation:  the Challenge for the XXIst Century, Oktay Ural et al, Vol. 2, XXIVth IAHS World Housing Congress, Ankara, Turkey, International Association for Housing Science (IAHS), Miami, USA, 1996.

REVIEWS OF RESEARCH

  • Reviewed books and research of faculty members of various national and international universities, 2005-2010.

  • Reviewed 5 research for “First International Conference for Urban and Architecture Heritage in Islamic Countries”, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2010.
  • Reviewed research works and files of faculty members applying for recruitment, academic promotion or tenured post, various universities, USA, 2006-09.
  • Reviewed 6 research for “International Conference on Technology and Sustainability in Built Environment”, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2009.
  • Reviewed 6 research and 13 abstracts for “Society of Architectural Historians 2008 Meeting”, Cincinnati, USA, 2007.
  • Reviewed 24 research for “2nd Conference of Architectural Conservation”, Municipality of Dubai, UAE, 2006.
  • Reviewed 12 research and abstracts for “Culture and Impact Conference”, 2004, University of Cadiz, Spain, 2003.
  • Reviewed books on architecture and urban planning, USA, 2002-04.

 

SUPERVISED THESES

  • Historic Development of Jeddah Housing in the Early Twentieth Century”, Ph.D. in Oriental Studies, Stefan Manavel, Berlin University, Germany, 2010-presnt.

  • Traditionelle Bauformen im Westen Saudi Arabiens:  Eine Gegenüberstellung der Altstadt von Jeddah und der Lehmbauten des ˁAsir (Traditional Designs in the West of Saudi Arabia:  Confrontation of the Old Part of Jeddah and Mountain Constructions of Asir” Master of  Architecture, Alexander Sieghartsleitner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, 2008-10.

 

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERNICE

  • Board Member, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Baltimore, USA, October 2010-present.

  • Surveyed (photographing and data collection) sites, 1997-2010:
    • Traditional built environment: Dariayh. Jeddah, and Asir (Saudi Arabia), Shibam and Tarim (Yemen), and Segou (Mali)
    • Old Islamic city:  Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Segovia, and Cadiz (Spain), Cairo (Egypt), Damascus (Syria), Fez, Meknas, and Tangier (Morocco), Tunis (Tunisia), Isfahan, Shiraz, and Yazd (Iran), Istanbul (Turkey), and Harar (Ethiopia)
    • Influence of Andalusian Islamic architecture:  medieval Prague (the Czech Republic), American Southwest/Santa Fe (USA), and Hispanic architecture of Vierverzo (Chile) and Cusco, Lima (Peru), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Quito (Equador), and Havana (Cuba)
    • Affordable and public housing:  Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Montreal (Canada), San Francisco (US) and Manila (the Philippines)
    • Slums:  Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Manila (the Philippines), Buenos Aires (Argentine), Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • Invited to participate in joint research, books, chairing sessions, scientific committees of conferences, delivering lectures and teaching courses on “Islam and Urbanism”, “Sustainable Architecture”, “Low-income Housing”, “Saudi Traditional Architecture”, and “Built Environment of Desert Regions” from various academic and professional institutions and individuals from:  the USA, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Algeria, France, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Iran, Austria, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Greece, Columbia, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Israel, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, India, Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia 1997-2010

 

INVITED LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS (BY HISHAM MORTADA)

  • “Sustainable Development of Desert Environment“, scheduled lecture for April 2011, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, India.

  • “Preservation of Islamic Architectural and Urban Heritage of Harar, Ethiopia:  A Personal Experience”, Saudi Umran Society, January 2011.
  • “Symbolism and Signs in Islamic Architecture”, UNESCO, Andong, Korea, May 25, 2010.
  • Saudi Arabia:  A Legacy of Man and Environment”, Colleges of Engineering and Sciences and Literature, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, May 12 & 13, 2010.
  • “Geometric Potentials of Saudi Traditional Built Environment”, Geometric Modeling & Scientific Visualization Research Center, King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thowal, Saudi Arabia, 21 April, 2010.
  • “Global Vision of Traditional Islamic Principles of Built Environment”, Stanford University, San Francisco, USA, February 2010.
  • “Sustainable Urban Development for Small American Cities in the Shadow of the Economic Crisis”, Phoenix Convention Center, AZ, USA, February 2010.
  • “Traditional Architecture of Jeddah in the Eyes of Western Travelers and Orientalists, 18th Century”, Berlin University, Berlin, Germany, December 2010.
  • “Traditional Architecture of Saudi Arabia”, National University of Columbia, Bogota, Columbia, November 2009.
  • “Traditional Built Environment of Saudi Arabia”, University of Florence, Italy, May 2008.
  • “Traditional Architecture of Saudi Arabia”, Technical University of Texas, USA, January 2008.
  • “Traditional Architecture of Latin America”, on the occasion of the Ceremony of Prince Sultan Bin Salman’s Award for Urban Heritage, Riyadh, March 2007.
  • “Traditional Hadhrami Mud Architecture:  Sustainable Lessons to the Modern World”, University of Hadhramout, Mokala, Yemen, December 2007.
  • “Saudi Arabia:  A Legacy of Man and Environment”, on the occasion of Saudi Scientific Days at Austrian Universities, Vienna University of Technology and Innsbruck University, Austria, April 2006.
  • “Architecture of Mecca Holy Mosque Throughout History”, on the occasion of selecting Mecca as the capital of Islamic Culture, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, December 2005.
  • “Architecture of Mecca Holy Mosque Throughout History”, Center of Architectural Heritage, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran, April 2005.
  • “Contemporary Trends of Sustainable Architecture of Desert Region of the American Southwest”, Real Estate Forum and Expo, Jeddah, February 2005.
  • “Urban, Social and Economic Indicators of Poverty in Saudi Arabia”, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Jeddah, 2004.
  • “International Examples of Sheltering the Poor”, Real Estate Forum and Expo, Jeddah, 2004.
  • “The Architecture of the Extension of the Two Holly Mosques”, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, 2003.
  • “The Architecture of the Extension of the Two Holly Mosques”, Brno University, Brno, the Czech Republic, 2003.
  • “American Examples of Sustainable Architecture”, Engineering Committee, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, 2002.
  • “The True Islam”, University of Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain, 2002.
  • “The Architecture of the Extension of the Two Holly Mosques”, University of Cairo, Egypt, 2002.

 

AFFLIATIONS

2009 World Architecture Community
2007 Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, USA
2006 European Association of Urban History, Stockholm, Sweden
2005 Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, DC, USA
1999 Arizona Vision Weavers, Phoenix, AZ, USA
1999 International Committee Professional Interest Area, AIA, Washington, DC, USA
1996 IAHS: International Association for Housing Sciences, Miami, USA
1996 Housing PIA (Planning International Association), Chicago, USA
1994 Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1993 APA: American Planning Association, Chicago, USA
1992 AA: The Architectural Association, London, UK
1991 The Saudi Umran Society, Jeddah Branch, Jeddah
1982 AIA: American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

 

CONFERNCES

2011 Energy and Environment Conference 2011, Phoenix, USA
2010 XIV Scientific Convention on Engineering and Architecture, Havana, Cuba
2010 3rd International Congress of Environmental Research, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius
2010 Energy and Environment Conference 2010, Phoenix, USA
2009 X World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, UNESCO, Quito, Ecuador
2009 Energy and Environment Conference 2009, Phoenix, USA
2008 The 46th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Santa Fe, NM, USA
2008 Society of Architectural Historians 2008 Meeting, Cincinnati, USA
2008 Terra 2008: 10th Int’l Conference on Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage, Bamako, Mali
2007 International Seminar of Urban Form (ISUF) 2007 Conference, Ouro Preto, Brazil
2007 An International Conference of Rebuilding Sustainable Communities in Iraq: Policies, Programs and Projects, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
2007 Housing Symposium 3″, Riyadh, 2007, Higher Commission for the Development of ArRiyadh (ArRiyadh Development Authority), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2007 2nd Conference of Architectural Conservation, Municipality of Dubai, UAE
2006 European Association of Urban History 2006 Conference, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 9th Annual EPA Conference on Global Warming & Renewable Energy, Tucson, USA
2005 8th World Symposium of the Organization of the World Heritage, Cusco, Peru
2005 4th International Conference of Urban Sciences, West Pacific University, Honolulu, USA
2004 The Impact of Technology on Cultures and Norms, Conference, Wessex Institute of Technology, Cadiz, Spain
2003 Housing 2: Affordable Housing, Symposium, Higher Commission for the Development of ArRiyadh (ArRiyadh Development Authority), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2003 Passive and Low Energy Architecture, 20th International Conference, Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
2003 XXXIth IAHS World Housing Congress, University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada
2002 Urban Development and Building Problems in Desert Regions, Symposium, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2002 Sustainable City 2002, Conference, Wessex Institute of Technology, Segovia, Spain
2001 Urban Morphology in the New Millennium, Conference, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
1999 Designing Across Cultures: The Human Dimension of Global Architecture and Urban Design, Conference, AIA, Tucson, USA
1999 Housing Issues and Challenges for the New Millennium, Conference, University of California, Berkeley, USA
1998 XXV IAHS World Housing Congress, University of Porto, Lisbon, Portugal
1996 XXIVth IAHS World Housing Congress, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
1991 Tradition and Cosmology, Conference, Edinburgh, UK
1988 The Aga Khan Symposium of Islamic Architecture, Harvard University, Boston, USA
1981 The Arab City: Its Character and Islamic Cultural Heritage, Symposium, Medina, Saudi Arabia

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

2010 King Abdul Aziz University & Technical University of Vienna: Grant for a research to document traditional architecture of Saudi Arabia.
2009 King Abdul Aziz University & Presidency of Harar, Ethiopia: Grant to set up a master plan for sustainable development and architectural and urban heritage preservation of Harar, Ethiopia
2008 King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah: Grant for a research on Jeddah rush housing project.
2006-Present Various US and Austrian Universities: Approval of “Traditional Islamic Principles of Built Environment” as a text book for Islamic, non-Western and non-European Architecture courses.
1983-2010 Municipality of Cusco (Peru), Ministry of Hajj, King Abdul Aziz University, King Faisal University, Emirate of Mecca Region, Jeddah Municipality, World Islamic League, Ministry of Higher Education, National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development, Higher Presidency of Tourism (Saudi Arabia), Cairo University (Egypt), Municipality of Dubai (UAE), Saudi Embassy to the USA, Pennsylvania State University, University of Arizona, Society of Architectural Historians, The Energy Institute (USA), and University of Edinburgh (UK): Several certificates and shields of honor.
2003 National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: First Place Award for supervised project for the design contest “Eco-lodge”.
2003 University of Palm Springs, CA, USA: Recognition Award for supervised project for the contest of designing an administration building.
2002-03 Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Nomination of the book “Traditional Islamic Principles of Built Environment”, for the Sixth Round Prize.
1999-2003 Taylor & Francis Publishers, London, UK: Grant for writing and publishing the book “Traditional Islamic Principles of Built Environment”.
1989 The Arab Cities Organization, Doha, Qatar: Nomination for the “Arab Architect” award for a research entitled “Traditional Architectural and Urban Treatments of the Climate of the Built Environment of the Hot-Arid Regions of the Middle East”.

 

LANGUAGES

English and Arabic

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