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Personal Statement

I am Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde since 2014.  My experience spans across six countries in four continents. It involves lecture-based teaching in the area of human-environment interaction, studio teaching at various levels, research, professional practice, research-based consulting, and PhD Supervision. For over twenty years I have been involved in both academic and professional life in Egypt, United States, United Kingdom, the Middle East. My work and research have been focusing on curriculum development and design studio teaching practices, transformative and critical pedagogy, sustainable architectural and urban design, with a strong emphasis on the impact of socio-cultural factors in shaping the built environment.

See list of publications on Strath Database and Strathprints. Also see research cluster CRAUCGS, or profile, and research projects.

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Academic / Professional qualifications

Professor of Architecture and Head of Department of Architecture

Fellow Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) since 2009; Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA-Recognition Scheme) since 2009; Affiliate Member RIBA since 2008; Licensed Architect (Egypt/Middle East) since 1987; PhD in Architecture 1995 (Channel Exchange Fellowship: Al-Azhar University and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. USA).

Research Interests

My research interests and experience cross the boundaries of disciplines and involve theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urban design; typological transformations in traditional architecture/urban spaces; sustainable design processes; environmentally sustainable tourism development; sustainable schools; workplace environmental quality; assessing designed environments from socio-cultural and users' perspectives; adaptive urbanism and the spatial practice of cultural groups within cities; livability and diversity in urban environments; and investigating architecture and urbanism in emerging cities in the global south. Within these topics I have sustained a substantial record of funded research. See Strath Database and Strathprints. Also see list and outlines of research projects, publications, activities, and research cluster CRAUCGS

  • PhD Examination Experience: I have examined doctorates at: 
  • Ain Shams University, Egypt (2009);
  • Cardiff University, UK (2016 & 2018);
  • Curtin University, Australia (2011);
  • Deakin University, Australia (2013 and 2015);
  • German University in Cairo, Egypt (2018)
  • Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan (2016);
  • Queensland University of Technology, Australia (2013 and 2018);
  • Robert Gordon University, UK (2016);
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany (2009);
  • University of Malaya, Malaysia (2011, 2014, 2017);
  • University of Strathclyde, UK (2014 - present);
  • University of Wolverhampton, UK (2015);
  • University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia (2009, 2012, 2016);
  • University of Toronto, Canada (2012);
  • University of Western Australia (2018).

Teaching Interests

My academic experience includes teaching courses on architectural programming/briefing, design methods and theories, applications of socio-behavioral studies in design, sustainable urban conservation, and architectural, urban, and community design studios. My teaching places emphasis on evidence-based design, critical inquiry, and active and experiential learning.  My position in teaching is that architectural education is not simply the imparting of knowledge and skills necessary for practice, but it involves the development of values, ideologies, and cultural and philosophical positions. My teaching emphasizes that future professionals need to be able to comprehend the environment as having multiple realities by understanding values, preferences, and lifestyles of people, as individuals and in groupings—people who will perceive, live, learn, work, and entertain in those environments.

Current Teaching Activities:

  • PG: Criticism, Assessment and Research Methods in Architecture and Urbanism (CARMAU)
  • PG: Cultural and Behavioural Factors in Architecture and Urbanism
  • UG Dissertation Supervision
  • Contribute lectures in Urban Design and Cultural Studies
  • Master Thesis Supervision
  • PhD Supervision



Latest Publications / Presentations on Architectural and Design Pedagogy



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Research Output

Architectural Excellence in Islamic Societies: Distinction Through the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Salama, A. M. & El-Ashmouni, M. M., 16 Jul 2020, London. 240 p. (Routledge Series of Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Contemporary architecture of Cairo (1990–2020): mutational plurality of "ISMS", decolonialism, and cosmopolitanism

    El-Ashmouni, M. M. & Salama, A. M., 25 May 2020, In : Open House International. 45, 1&2, 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Prosperity and slums : a dynamic trajectory for positive development

    Author: Abubakar, A., 8 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Romice, O. (Supervisor) & Salama, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    2017 UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism

    Ashraf Salama (Recipient), 22 Jul 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Post Covid-19 Adaptive Strategies in the Mediterranean Region, Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR).

    Ashraf M. Salama (Keynote/plenary speaker)
    30 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

    IAPS 2020, RUNNING OUT OF TIME - Setting the pace for future generations

    Ashraf M. Salama (Chair)
    25 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    Architectural and urban research for an enhanced decision-making on urban dynamics of emerging cities

    Ashraf Salama (Participant), Alain Thierstein (Participant), Florian Wiedmann (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEnvironment and sustainability - natural world and built environment, Professional practice, training and standards, Quality of life and safety