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Graduate Certificate, Geodesign

Penn State

Graduate Certificate,  Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Penn State


Master of Science in Architecture (Housing Focus)

Texas A&M University


Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture (Urban Planning Focus)

Cairo University (click here for world ranking)


Master of Science in Architecture

Cairo University (click here for world ranking)

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Five-year professional degree); Cairo University (click here for world ranking)


Academic Experience

7/2021 - present   Instructional Assistant Professor of Geodesign and                                   Sustainability

                              ​ College of Design, Construction and Planning

                               University of Florida

1/2021 - 5/2021   Adjunct Professor (Urban & Regional Planning)

                              ​ Texas State University

7/2018 - 8/2020   Visiting Critic (Architecture & Interior Design)

                              ​ Texas State University & UTSA

9/2017 - 6/2018   Adjunct Professor (Interior Design)

                              ​ Texas State University

9/2014 - 8/2016   Assistant Professor of Research  

                               University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

9/2009 - 8/2014   Senior Lecturer

                               University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

9/2007 - 8/2009  Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)

                               Morgan State University

1/2005 - 5/2007  Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)

                              Tanta University, Egypt

10/2002 - 8/2005 Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant

                               Texas A&M University

Research Interests


  • Equity planning

  • Anti-displacement Strategies

  • Housing policy

  • Smart growth and infill development

  • Urban sustainability

  • Campus sustainability

  • Geospatial modeling

  • Geodesign principles & practices

  • Mixed-method and action-research

Teaching Interests

  • Urban design studio

  • Practices of geodesign

  • GIS for architects and urban planners

  • Integrated systems studio

  • Architecture research methods

  • Master of Architecture thesis prep

  • Sustainable communities

  • Planning Methods

  • Intro to health planning

Awards & Scholarships


2022-2026     Fulbright Specialist Roster.

2022               Course Enhancement Grant, University of Florida's                                  Center for European Studies

2022                Travel Grant, University of Florida's Center for                                           European Studies

2021                Global Learning Institute Faculty Award, University of                               Florida


2017-2020     Fulbright Specialist Roster.

2016               Faculty Service to Undergraduate Research                                              and Creative Inquiry Award, University of Texas at San                            Antonio

2014 & 2015  Nominated for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award.

                       (status: awards to Egypt were suspended by the US                                 Department of State in these two years)

2008               New Course Development Award "Latin American                                    Housing Elective", Latin American & Caribbean Study                              Program, Morgan State University

2008               Travel and Data Gathering Award, Rio De Janeiro.                                      Funding from Latin American & Caribbean Study                                      Program, Morgan State University

2007/2008     Fulbright Egyptian Scholar Award.

                        (status: declined the award due to job at Morgan State)

2004               Texas A&M University College Research and                                              Interdisciplinary Council (CRIC) Award

2003               Texas A&M University International Education Study                                Award International Program Office

2002 / 2003   Texas A&M University Association of Former                                              Students Graduate Fellowship

2002 & 2003  Community Development Society Conference

                        Attendance Fellowship

2002- 2016    Multiple travel grants and conference attendance                                    funding from Texas A&M University, University of Texas                          at San Antonio, Morgan state University, and Tanta                                 University (Egypt)

Professional Experience

3/2020 - 6/2021     Director of Data & Research

                                  HUD's Lead Continuum of Care, San Antonio

8/2018 -  2/2020    Housing Policy Coordinator

                                  City of San Antonio

7/2016 - 7/2018      Sustainability Consultant

1997 - 2001             Senior Project Architect

                                  Shehab Mazhar Architects

1993 - 1997             Project Architect

                                  Shafie-Sherif Architects



Licensed Architect, Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers,  Architecture Section, Egypt (# 2/1104490)

USGBC, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) in Neighborhood Development (#10496901-AP-ND)


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