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Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment: Research in Practice

The Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment: Research in Practice (SDBE 2018) organised in London, UK on 12th-13th September 2018 (Venue: The Crystal, London, E16 1GB). SDBE 2018 conference will be a unique opportunity for researchers, academics, architects, urban designers, engineers, building consultants and professionals to meet and share the latest knowledge, research and innovations in sustainable building design, building performance, simulation tools and low carbon building related technologies.  The conference is part of the British Council Newton Institutional Links Fund: Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment BC-SDBE  and focuses on Research in Practice in sustainable design, building energy performance, sustainable urban design and planning with an emphasis on a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of sustainability in theory and practice. The conference will form a platform to demonstrate state-of-the-art strategies and best practice across the world for integrating sustainable design approaches in the built environment. The conference will include prominent keynote speakers from academia and practice to maximise opportunities for knowledge exchange. 

Keynote Speakers include:
Philip Jones, Professor, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Ashraf Salama, Professor, Head of Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde
Patrik Schumacher, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects
Sean Smith, Professor, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University. 

The Crystal, One Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, London E16 1GB 

Conference registration
Free for all accepted papers  

This conference is organised by the University of East London, UK and Ain Shams University, Egypt and funded by The British Council Newton Institutional Links Fund.

ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research

ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research
Ashraf is the Founder and the Chief Editor of Archnet-IJAR since 2007 . Visit Archives of Volumes and Issues on the Journal Website here or on Archnet @ MIT here -- As of 2016. Archnet-IJAR is ranked (in SCIMAGO) Architecture 2016: Ranking of IJAR is 18 out of 117 (Q1) Urban Studies 2016: Ranking of IJAR is 57 out of 138 (Q2). Archnet-IJAR is also ranked (in Scopus) Architecture 2016: Ranking of IJAR is 23 out of 87 (Q1) Urban Studies 2016: Ranking of IJAR is 60 out of 134 (Q2)

Open House International | Special Issue on the Global South

Open House International | Special Issue on the Global South
Ashraf is a Collaborating Editor of Open House International and has guest edited 6 special issues on various topics. In 2016, he has completed his latest work with OHI and co-guest editing two special issues on advances in sustainability and architecture and urbanism in the global south.

Commemorating a Decade of Architectural and Urban Research Published in Archnet-IJAR

Commemorating a Decade of Architectural and Urban Research Published in Archnet-IJAR
Salama, A. M., Remali, A. M. and Pour Rahimian, F. (2017). A Decade of Architectural and Urban Research Published in 'Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research'. Archnet-IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research, 11(1), PP. 6-28. ISSN # 1938-7806. -- The article presents the current position of ArchNet-IJAR within the international provision of journals in architecture and urban studies in key databases and index-bases. This is substantiated by key statistics of submissions, published contributions, and acceptance rates during the past 10 years. Coupled with analytical discussion on the global reach of the ArchNet-IJAR, the article identifies 11 research fields, which were covered in 10 volumes since the journal’s inception. Analytical discussions of recent two theme issues as well as latest developments and contributions during the past few years are presented to reflect on the rigor and quality of the journal while depicting its thrust and interest. The article concludes by key aspects relevant to the future aspirations of ArchNet-IJAR while highlighting initiatives and prospective endeavours.

Research Expertise - Thematic Outlines

Research Expertise - Thematic Outlines
This short document presents research expertise and thematic outlines. It attempts to capture all research efforts undertaken over many years by Ashraf M. Salama. Expertise in Architectural and Urban Research: My research endeavours have been internationally recognized through an extensive record of publications and a substantial number of funded research projects including two more recent, large-scale research projects, awarded and funded by the National Priorities Research Program of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) with a total value of more than £1,250,000.00: • 2011-2014: The Qualities of the Urban Environment in Emerging Regional Metropolises • 2015-2018: Housing Typologies in Multicultural Societies of the Gulf Region Over the past twenty five years or so I have led the development of a series of studies that involved expert and scholarly contributions while attracting global attention. This includes books, journal articles, and critical essays, and the special issues of Open House International (OHI) on affordable housing, urban space diversity, evolving urbanism in the Arabian Peninsula, and urban transformations in the Global South. This is coupled with my role as Chief Editor of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research. --- Expertise in Research on Architectural Education and Design Pedagogy: My research and publication record in the field of architectural education and design pedagogy has been widely acknowledged and well recognized as evident in the recently awarded 2017 UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism. My earlier work has focused on understanding various trends in architectural education as they relate to design studio teaching practices, and developing an edited collection on cross-cultural perspectives relevant to architectural education at the beginning of the millennium, and exploring horizons for the future of studio pedagogy, traditional, revolutionary, and virtual design studio teaching models, and collaborating with colleagues in establishing prospects for a better built environment through effective design pedagogy.