Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem

Mohamed Abdelmonem

Professor

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Architecture

Role

Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is Chair in Architecture at the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. He is contributing to teaching Architecture courses and supervision of PGR students.

At The Nottingham Trent University, Gamal is leading the development of the University’s Innovative ‘Global Centre on Heritage Sciences and Management Research’, a research team that aims to engage with and produce strategic research projects with evident global impact on imporving Heritage Conservation and preservation strategies on the international and cross boundary levels. His world leading research is currently leading partnerships and consortium teams that include several American, British, European and Middle Eastern Universities and reseach organisations, and epecialist industries

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, he was Head of Digital Heritage Unit, Head of Architectural  Humanities and senior lecturer of architecture at School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton. He led design studios and Architecture Courses at Queen’s University Belfast and taught design studio and architecture theory at Sheffield School of Architecture, where he completed his PhD in Architecture. He has also practiced architecture on the global level for over 20 years with his designs features across Africa, Asia and Europe.

He was the Course Leader for BSc(Hons) in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast (5th top Course, UK) and was Visiting professor at prestigious Universities, including Royal Academy of Arts in Londond and the University of California at Berkeley. He acted as Advisor at Heriot Watt University (Dubai Campus), Architecture course and as External Examiner at the University of Sheffield University and University of Stratchlyde. Professor Abdelmonem advises several govrnments and international organisations in Ireland, Egypt and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on aspects of sustainable heritage preservation, urban planning and design.

He received the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) Biennale’s Jeffrey Cook Award (2014) for his scholarly research on traditional urban environments. His research focuses on the investigation of socio-spatial practice of urban environments, the architecture of home, spatial memory, politics of urban space in everyday life, Digital Urban Heritage, Digital Modelling and the Pedagogy of Architectural Studio. Dr. Abdelmonem’s research has been globally published, with his recent books include ‘Peripheries: Edge Conditions in Architecture’ (Routledge 2012), “Portrush: Architecture for the North Irish Coast” (Ulster Tatler 2013), “The Architecture of Home in Cairo: Social-spatial practice of the Hawari’s everyday life” (Routledge, 2015; HB, 2016) and the forthcoming title “Architecture, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland” (Routledge 2016). Dr. Abdelmonem sits on several international conferences and editorial boards and has published numerous articles on socio-spatial architecture, urban development, Middle Eastern urbanism, and spatial memory in post-conflict Belfast.

Professor Abdelmonem has led several International Consortium on research projects funded by The European Union, European Research Council (FP7), The Government of the Republic of Ireland, Japan Foundation, Research Councils UK (RCUK), including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Heritage Lottery Fund. He has served as a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Arts, University of California at Berkeley and was a frequent Keynote Speaker at Dundalk Institute of Technology, The British University in Egypt among others. He also an Expert for the European Research Council’s Horizon 2020, peer-reviewer for Routeldge, Ashgate, Built Environment and TDSR, and sits on several International Research Committees, Board of Advisors and professional societies.

Research areas

Professor Abdelmonem research and scholarship has received international recognition, distinguished research awards and high profile publications. In December 2014, His work received international acclaim with the High Profile Jeffrey Cook Award for 2014 for ground breaking scholarly effort in traditional Environments. The book, “The Architecture of Home in Cairo” (Ashgate 2015), was nominated for 2015 Albert Hourani Book Award, by the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America. Gamal’s research Profile has sustained an excellent leadership in interdisciplinary research that engages architecture with urbanism, planning, social science, heritage preservation and ageing. This is exemplified by my highly rated books with reputable publishers: “Peripheries: Edge Conditions in Architecture” (Routledge 2012), “Portrush: Architecture for the Northern Irish Cost” (Ulster Tatler, 2013) and the commissioned forthcoming book: “Architecture, Spaces and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland” (Routledge, 2016).

Abdelmonem’s research focuses on the investigation of socio-spatial practice of urban environments, the architecture of home, spatial memory, politics of urban space in everyday life, Digital Urban Heritage, Digital Modelling and the Pedagogy of Architectural Studio. At The Nottingham Trent University, Gamal is leading the development of the University’s Innovative ‘Global Centre on Heritage Sciences and Management Research’, a research team that aims to engage with and produce strategic research projects with evident global impact on imporving Heritage Conservation and preservation strategies on the international and cross boundary levels. His world leading research is currently leading partnerships and consortium teams that include several American, British, European and Middle Eastern Universities and reseach organisations, and epecialist industries.

Gamal is an EU-Expert and Referee for Horizon 2020 Panels and for Journals and publishers such as Built Environment, and Routledge. He is also the Principal Investigator of the flagship of interdisciplinary and international network: “Spaces of Liberation” with academic researchers in the field of urban resilience with UCL and UC-Berkeley as key partners and the Director of Virtual Heritage Cairo, Network, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded network.He sits on several editorial boards of academic journals, research associations and conferences’ Scientific Committees worldwide as well as revewing for top journals and book publishers likes Routledge, Journal of Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review (TDSR), International Journa of Middle Eastern Studies, and HEA’s Journals for the Built Environment. Part of his research roles include being an Advisor and Panel Chair for high profile associations such as International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), Middle Eastern Studies Association (USA), Home Renaissance Foundations (London) and the Influential Saudi Government’s National Heritage Forum.

Professor Abdelmonem led several research grants, funded projects, and governmental consultations with international and national research councils and funding agencies. I am the Principal Investigator for the internationally acclaimed EU-FP7 Marie Curie Project: Value Ageing for QUB and now I am the Leader of the European Consortium: Responsible Ageing (ReAGE) for Horizon 2020-ITN (2016-2020). Gamal is the lead author of several Government Policy Documents, produced by my funded Project: “Local Area Plans: Planning Guidelines and Best Practice Manual, adopted by the Irish Government as official government policy with evident and well-documented impact across Ireland. I am currently leading a newly-developed ‘Digital Heritage Unit’ at UoW’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, with a series of winning grants such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): ‘Cultural-feed of Virtual Heritage’ (CfVH), a ground breaking New technological application for “Heritage Preservation”.

External activity

EXTERNAL APPOINTMENTS & COMMITTEES

  1. Director, Virtual Heritage Cairo Network, AHRC-Funded Network for Preservaing Egypt’s Cultural Heritage
  2. Board Member, Queen St. Town Heritage Partnership, Lottery-Heritage Fund, 2015-Present.
  3. Registered EU Research Expert & Referee for Horizon 2020: 2014 for Humanities & Social Sciences Boards of Experts.
  4. Visiting Professor and Guest Speaker, 2013, Royal College of Arts, “Spaces of Liberation: Socio-spatial systems of the revolting urban space”, 15 Feb 2013
  5. Guest Speaker, 2013, the University of California, Berkeley, USA, the Center for Middle Easter Studies; 13 September 2013.
  6. Book Referee, 2015, Routledge; Adler, G (ed.), “Riverine”. London: Routledge.
  7. Visiting Researcher & Affiliate, (2012- Present) Home Renaissance Foundation, Non-Governmental Think Tank, London
  8. Guest Speaker, 2012, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland: “Architecture as a moderator of older people's memory and spatial experiences”, 23 October 2012.
  9. Referee, 2011, Routledge, Adler, G.; Brittain-Catlin, T.; Fontana-Giusti, G. (eds.), “Scale”. AHRA Critiques Series. London: Routledge.
  10. Editorial Board, Reviewer, ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, ArchNet-MIT Libraries. [ISSN 1938-7806]
  11. Editorial Board, Reviewer, Journal of Hospitality & Society, Intellect Publishing. [ISSN 2042-7913]
  12. Editorial Board, Reviewer, Journal for Education in the Built Environment. [ISSN: 1747-4205]
  13. Member, Steering Committee, Architectural Humanities Research Association, (2011-2013).
  14. Editorial Board, Reviewer, Journal of Engineering, Project and Production Management. [ISSN 2221-6529]
  15. Scientific Committee & Panel Chair, 2014, The Second Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism in the Mediterranean & the Middle East Conference (CAUMME) II 2014: “Dynamics of Change in Contemporary Middle Eastern cities”, Girne American University, Cyprus; Yıldız Technical University, Turkey; Qatar University, Qatar.
  16. Advisory Board, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Biennale conference 2014, “Whose Tradition?” University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
  17. Panel Chair, Middle Eastern Studies Association’s 48th annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2014.
  18. Board member, (2012- Present) INTBAU-Ireland, International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism
  19. Scientific Committee member, 2015, The National Build Heritage Forum on Saudi Arabia, Al-Qassim, August 2015.
  20. Scientific Committee member, 2013, 1st International Conference of the Society of Architectural Educators, Nottingham University, UK.
  21. Scientific Committee member, 2011, 8th AHRA international conference on architectural humanities “Peripheries”; Belfast, the United Kingdom, October 2011.
  22. Advisory Board, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Biennale conference 2014, “Whose Tradition?” University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
  23. Organizer, Fourth & Fifth international symposium on Architectural Development in the UAE, “Architecture & Real Estate Development in the UAE”; Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, 2005 & 2006.

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS AND REGINITIONS

  1. 2014 Jeffrey Cook Award Holder, the high profile Research Award of the the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) for the best and groundbreaking paper by a scholar in the field of Traditional Environment and urbanism. (Award Value: $1200). Awarded Paper: Cairene Homes of Modernity: The Changing Architecture of the Home in Early 20th Century Cairo”.
  2. Queen’s University Belfast Exceptional Performance AWARD, 2013-2014, Academic & research Staff. (Award Value: £1200)
  3. 2nd Prize Award, Team Leader, the International Design Competition for “Ajman as Event City: A Future Vision”, an international architecture students competition, involving Harvard Graduate School of Design and Stuttgart Academic of Arts. (Award Value: $3000)
  4. Queens University Excellence Award for Teaching 1st Year Students, with Stage 1 team, 2009-2010. (Award Value: £1000)
  5. PhD Research Student Grant, the University of Sheffield, (2006-2009) (Award value: £19,000)
  6. 1st Prize, Sheffield School of Architecture, Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, 2009
  7. Awarded the International Excellence Award of Hyundai Engineering’s “global Staff of the Year” award, 2000
  8. Design Competition: “Al-Muntazzah Resort” Open competition for Egyptian Architects Awarded the 4th Shared Prize. 1998

Sponsors and collaborators

Sample of Recent Funded Research Projects include:

Principal Investigator. “Virtual Reality of Medieval Culture: Collaborative Network for Culturally-Fed Virtual Heritage (CfVH) platforms of medieval Cairo”. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).      (2016 - 2017)

Principal Investigator. “Luxor Institute of Digital Heritage”. British Council- Newton Mosharafa Fund.  Institutional Links. (with Queen’s University Belfast, University of Birmingham and British University in Egypt; Under Review) (2016-2019)

Principal Investigator (QUB). “Value Ageing: Incorporating European Fundamental Values into ICT for Ageing: A vital Political, Ethical, Technological, and Industrial Challenge”. European Research Council’s FP7: Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) Action project.  (2010- 2014)

Principal Investigator. Wolverhampton Centre for Digital Futures (CeDiF). University of Wolverhampton Strategic Research Project Fund. (with D. Heesom; Under Review) (2016-2020)

Principal Investigator. Wolverhampton Digital Heritage Unit: Capacity-building, infrastructure, networking base for creative technologies in heritage preservation”. (Jan-Aug 2016)

Principal investigator. “Local Area Plans-Best Practice Manual”to accompany the “Local Area Plans: Creating Sustainable Communities”. Guidelines for Planning Authorities: Action 21 of Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015. (With Loci Consultants) (Nov 2010- Jun 2011)

Principal investigator. “Spaces of Liberation: An investigation of socio-spatial practices of the mass protests in the Urban Squares of the Arab Cities”. A research Partnership project with the University of California in Berkeley, and the British University in Cairo.           (May 2012- July 2015)

Co-Investigator. R8345ARC: ”Spatial Narratives of Revolt: Public Performance During Anti-Nuclear Protests in Tokyo”. A Research project in partnership with the University of Tokyo and funded by Japan Foundation. (Aug 2014- Oct 2015)

Principal Investigator. “The Architecture of Home: An investigation of the practice of home in the context of the hawari of Old Cairo 1800-2009”, spatial practices and values of home identities. (Grant by the University of Sheffield) (2007-2010).

Publications

A. Books & Funded Research Reports

  1. Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G. 2017, “Architectural, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland”, London: Routledge. (Forthcoming)
  2. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “The Architecture of Home in Cairo: Socio-spatial practice of the Hawari’s Everyday Life”, London: Routledge (ISBN 978-1-4094-4537-1)
  3. Abdelmonem, M.G. (ed.), 2013, “Portrush: Architecture for the North Irish Coast”. Belfast: Ulster Tatler. (ISBN 978-0-9504092-1-4)
  4. Morrow, R. & Abdelmonem, M.G. (eds.), 2012, “Peripheries: Edge conditions in architecture”. London: Routledge. (ISBN 978-0-415-64029-9)
  5. Abdelmonem, M.G., et al., 2012, “Local Area Plans: Best Practice Manual”. A Government policy document. Dublin: The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG).
  6. Abdelmonem, M.G., et al., 2012, “Local Area Plans: Planning Guideliness”. A Government policy document. Dublin: The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG).
  7. Selim, G., Abdelmonem, MG, 2016, “Spatial Narratives of Revolt: Public performance during anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo”. Funded Project, London: Japan Foundation, Final Report.
  8. Krawczyk, E., Abdelmonem, M.G., 2013, “ICT developments impacting on older people’s living conditions and environment”, Value Ageing, EU-FP7 Marie Curie research Project, Final Report.
  9. Ferulli, D., Abdelmonem, M.G., Hadjri, K., 2012, “ICT Impact on Older People Dignity and Non-Discrimination”, Value Ageing, EU-FP7 MarieCurie research Project, Research Report.

B. Refereed Journal Articles & Book Chapters:

  1. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “Chase over the Nile: The Social Evolution of riverine landscape in Urban Egypt”. In Silva, C.N. (ed.), “Urban Planning in North Africa”, London: Routledge, pp.157-170.
  2. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “The Modern Ordinary: Changing culture of living in Egypt’s traditional quarters at the turn of the twentieth Century”. Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 52, No. 5, pp.825-844.
  3. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “FromPropagation to Negotiation of Ideologies in the Architectural Design Studio: Critical Insights in student-centred strategies for Interactive learning”, Journal of Design Research, Vol.14, No.1, pp.1-21.
  4. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2016, “The Abject Dream of New Capital: Capitalist Urbanism, Architecture and Endangered Liveability of the Middle East’s Modern Cities”. Open House International, Vol. 41, No.2, pp.38-46.
  5. Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G., 2016, “Legitimizing Memories and Spaces of Urban Heritage: Procedural Strategies for Active Preservation of Traditional Quarters in the Arab City”, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, WPS, Vol. 280, pp1-17.
  6. Mohamed, A.K., Abdelmonem, M.G., & Selim, G. (2016). “Understanding Walkability in the Libyan Urban Space: Policies, Perceptions and Smart Design for Sustainable Tripoli”. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. International Journal of Civil, Environmental, Structural, Construction and Architectural Engineering, 10(12), 1602-1610.
  7. Abdelmonem, M.G., McWhinney, R., 2015, “In search of common grounds: Stitching the divided landscape of urban parks in Belfast's interface zones”, Cities. Vol. 44, pp 40-49
  8. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2015, “Transcending Boundaries of Creativity: Active learning in the Design Studio”, International Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology (IJAET), Vol. 1, No.1, pp 38-49.
  9. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2015, “The Territories of Identity: Architecture in the Age of Evolving Globalisation”, Book Review, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Vol.27, No.1, pp92-93.
  10. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2015, Conserving the Relevance of Heritage: Corrective actions for sustainable historical fabric of the Arab city”, In AlNaim, M. (ed.) Research and Heritage, Vol.5, Riyadh: National Built Heritage Forum.
  11. Mulholland, C., Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G., 2014, “Narratives of Spatial Division: The Role of Social Memory in Shaping Urban Space in Belfast”, Journal of Civil Engineering & Architecture. Vol.8, No.6; pp746-760
  12. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2014, “Cairene Homes of Modernity: The Changing Architecture of the Home in Early 20th Century Cairo”, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, WPS, Vol. 254, pp1-20. [2014 Jeffrey Cook Award Winner]
  13. Al-Thahab, A., Mushatat, S., Abdelmonem M.G., 2014, “Between tradition and modernity: Determining spatial systems of privacy in the domestic architecture of contemporary Iraq”. International Journal of Architectural Research, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp 238-250.
  14. Ibrahim, R.I., Mushatat,S., Abdelmonem, M.G., 2014, “Authenticity, Identity and Sustainability in Post-war Iraq: Reshaping the Urban Form of Erbil City”. Journal of Islamic Architecture, Vol.3, No.2, pp 58-68.
  15. Mulholland, C., Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G., 2014, “Negotiating spatiality: Potential of border areas for intergroup mixing in divided cities”. GAU Journal of Social and Applied Sciences, Vol.6, No.10, pp428-441
  16. Abou ElFadl, B.R., Abdelmonem, M.G., 2014, “Revolting Arts or Spatial Democracy: Performances of popular arts during the Egyptian Revolution?” GAU Journal of Social and Applied Sciences, Vol.6, No.10, pp.444-470.
  17. Selim, G., Abdelmonem, M.G., 2013, “The disrupted Space: Safety & Security in traditional contexts”, Lonaard, Vol.15, No.3, pp.36-51.
  18. Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G., 2012, “Architecture, memory and historical continuity in old Cairo”, The Journal of Architecture. Vol.17, No.2; pp.167-192.
  19. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2012, “The practice of home in old Cairo: Towards socio-spatial models of sustainable living”. The Journal of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, V.23, No.2, pp33-49
  20. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2012, “Responsive homes of old Cairo: Learning from the past, feeding in the future”. TheJournal of Hospitality and Society Vol. 2, No. 3; pp251-271
  21. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2011, “Understanding everyday homes of urban communities: the Case of local streets (Hawari) of Old Cairo”, Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 5, No. 11; pp.996-1010.
  22. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2012, “Conclusions: Towards a agenda for the New Home”, in Tolanski, E. (ed.) “Sustainable Living: Professional Approaches to Housework”. E-book, London: Home Renaissance Foundation.
  23. Abdelmonem, M.G., Selim, G., 2005, “Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings: Evaluation of Policies and Project outcomes in the Middle East, Case of Egypt”, in C.A. Brebbia (ed.) The Built Environment, volume 83, Southampton: WIT Press;  pp.421-431 (ISBN 1-84564-021-7)
  24. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2013, “Portrush: a Mission for the Architectural Studio”, in Abdelmonem, M.G. (ed.), “Portrush: Architecture for the North Irish Coast”. Belfast: Ulster Tatler.
  25. Abdelmonem, M.G., 2012, “Peripheries dialogue: roundtable debate on architecture”, in Morrow & Abdelmonem (eds.), “Peripheries: Edge conditions in architecture”. London: Routledge; pp.9-24

Morrow, R. & Abdelmonem, M.G., 2012, “Introduction: Transcending the boundaries of architecture”. In Morrow & Abdelmonem (eds.), “Peripheries: Edge conditions in architecture”. London: Routledge; pp.1-8 (ISBN 978-0-415-64029-9)

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