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I joined Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer in 2016 following 3 years of teaching part-time at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and I have a Doctorate in Architecture, awarded by the University of Edinburgh 2016. My thesis focuses on strategies for the understanding of the architectural values of the early historic sites and their conservation. I also obtained a Master’s degree in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh 2011. I graduated with a BA (hons) from the School of Architecture, Al-Baath University, Syria in 2005, followed by a Diploma in Architectural Design in 2007. Before commencing my PG studies in the UK, I was involved in teaching as a design teaching fellow between 2006 and 2010 at the School of Architecture, Al-Baath University, Homs, Syria. In addition, I practiced architecture during the same period through my own Practice and the local city council.

Research Interests

Historic structures bear valuable knowledge of place, being authentic as their architecture is frozen, but their tangible and intangible significance is detached from contemporary debates. Therefore, my research line focuses on setting a conservation framework to enhance the understanding of historic structures, landscape and ruins and their cultural values, and eventually contribute to their preservation and presentation. This multidisciplinary framework is based upon critical analysis of the building’s history, architecture and archaeology.

I am interested in using a virtual-modelling approach that allows re-appraising of the conservation framework and the original architectural experience in its environmental and cultural conditions. This approach produces substantial material sufficient to engage local people, visitors, academics, conservation specialists and professional bodies and ensure obtaining constructive feedback on the conservation proposal from them. Grasping the intrinsic values that the community and other professional groups assign to historic structures will facilitate the exploration of architectural interventions and enhance their communication with the public and integration to UG and PG teaching. 

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Edinburgh

27 Sep 201023 Nov 2011

Award Date: 23 Nov 2011

PG Diploma, Al-Baath University

10 Oct 20059 Aug 2007

Award Date: 9 Aug 2007

BA (Hons), Al-Baath University

10 Sep 200018 Sep 2005

Award Date: 18 Sep 2005

Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

4 Jan 201221 Nov 2016

External positions

Tutor in Technology and Environment , University of Edinburgh

10 Sep 201327 May 2016

Teaching Fellow, Al-Baath University

17 Aug 20086 Sep 2010

Architect and Coordinator , City Council of Homs

4 May 20066 Sep 2010

Part-time Teaching Assistant, Al-Baath University

8 Jan 200614 Aug 2008


  • NA Architecture
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architectural Conservation
  • Historic Buildings
  • Archaeological Sites
  • Design Studio
  • Virtual Modeling
  • Historic Construction
  • Conservation Technology


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