www.Q-urbarch.org is an online resource that outlines efforts undertaken as part of key research projects. The site includes links to research publications, different types of information of interest to architects, urban designers, and planners who are seeking to expand their knowledge on architecture and urban environment of the Middle East.

International Conferences

Research Papers in Peer Reviewed International Conference Proceedings (Selected)
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Salama, A. M. and Wiedmann, F. (2016). Plurality of Hubs and Emerging Place Typologies in Gulf Cities, Panel 3B: Cultural Dialogues: Nodes, Networks, and Site of Intersections, BRISMES Annual Conference-2016/ British Society of Middle Eastern Studies, Wales, United Kingdom.

Pour Rahimian, F., Goulding, J. S., Salama, A. M., Ruddock, S., and; Ibrahim, H. G. (2015). Transnational Adaptation Model for Facilitating Technology and Expertise Mobilisation in Gulf AEC Organisations. In X. Wang and H-L. Chi (eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2015). Perth, Western Australia. ISBN # "978-0-9874557-2-7"

Mathew, L., and Salama, A. M. (2014). Employee Satisfaction from Indoor Work Environments in Doha, Qatar. In ACSS2014: The Fifth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences. [0709] (The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences), Nagoya, Aich, Japan. PP. 825-838.

Thierstein, A.; Conventz, S.; Wiedmann, F; and Salama, A. M. (2013). Emerging Knowledge Cities: Doha as a Rising knowledge Hub in the Arabian Gulf Region, Proceedings of the 6th Knowledge Cities World Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, PP. 267-278, ISBN# 978-9944-380-11-9. download conference proceedings

Salama, A. M.; Wiedmann, F.; Khalfani, F. A.; and Al-Maimani, A. (2012). Dynamics of Populations and the Everyday Urban Environment in the Emerging City of Doha, Workshop 6 - Gulf Cities as Interfaces, 4th Annual Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom. download book chapter

Wiedmann, F.; Conventz, S.; Salama, A. M.; and Thierstein, Alain (2012). The Role of Advanced Producer Service Firms in the Development of Urban Diversity in Doha, Workshop 6 - Gulf Cities as Interfaces, 4th Annual Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom. download book chapter

Salama, A. M., Wiedmann, F., Thierstein, A. (2012). The Production of Urban Qualities in the Emerging City of Doha: Urban Space Diversity as a Case for Investigating the ‘Lived Space’. International Symposium:CAUMME-I, Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, PP. 311-323, ISBN # 978-975-461-493-0. download conference proceedings

Wiedmann, F., Salama, A. M., Thierstein, A. (2012). From Pre-oil Settlement to Post-oil Hub: The Urban Transformation of Doha. International Symposium:CAUMME-I, Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, PP. 65-77, ISBN # 978-975-461-493-0. download conference proceedings

Salama, A. M. (2007). Learning from Qatari Architecture: Impressionistic Evaluation and Experience Based Pedagogy. In J Coulson, D. Schwede, and R. Tucker (eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association – ANZASCA 2007. The School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, PP. 215-222. ISBN # 978-0-9581925-3-8.

Salama, A. M and Alshuwaikhat, H. (2006). A Critical Perspective for Integrating the Trans-Disciplinary Paradigm into a Comprehensive Understanding of Sustainable Affordable Housing. In Proceedings of JIUFEX – Jeddah International Urban Forum and Exhibition: Urbanism and Sustainability in a Changing World. Jeddah International Urban Forum, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Salama, A. M. (2005). Contemporary Architecture of Egypt: Between Identity and Plurality of ISMS. In Proceedings of XXII World Congress of Architects, UIA-International Union of Architects – Cities: Grand Bazaar of Architectures. International Union of Architects – UIA, Istanbul, Turkey.

Salama, A. M. (2004). A Collaborative Process for Planning an Ecolodge Demonstration Project in a Biologically Sensitive Desert Destination. In D. Miller and J. A. Wise (eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of EDRA, Environmental Design Research Association – Designing with Spirit, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, PP. 81-87.ISBN # 0-9399-2229-0.

Salama, A. M. (2004). Environmental Messages in the Mediterranean: Exegeses on Contemporary Egyptian Architecture between Identity, ISMS, and Meaning. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of Misr International University – Mediterranean Architecture, Cairo Egypt.

Salama, A. M. (2000). Community Participation and the Housing Process: The Case of Quseir. In Proceedings of ENHR 2000 – Housing in the 21st Century: Fragmentation and Re-Orientation, Gavle, Sweden.

Abarkan, A. and Salama, A. M. (2000). Courtyard Housing in Northern Africa: Changing Paradigms. In Proceedings of ENHR2000 – Housing in the 21st Century: Fragmentation and Re-Orientation, Gavle, Sweden.

Salama, A. M. (1998). Ecolodges: Meeting the Demand for Sustainable Tourism Development in Egypt. In N. AlSayyad and J.P. Bourdier (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of IASTE – Manufacturing Heritage-Consuming Tradition. International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments – IASTE, University of California Berkeley, United States, PP. 45-69.

Salama, A. M. and Elleithy, A. (1997). Ecolodges: A Tool for the Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable Tourism in a Coastal Region. In Proceedings of Al Azhar Engineering 5th International Conference. College of Engineering, Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.



Abstracts/Presentations in Peer Reviewed International Conferences (Selected)
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Salama, A. M., Wiedmann, F., Azzali, S. (2017). Public Spaces and Everyday Practices of Migrant Labour in Gulf Cities. Abstract and Presentation in the Proceedings of Planning Research Conference-PRC: Transcending Boundaries: Global Flows and Spatial Justice:, Belfast, United Kingdom, PP. 22-23.

Wiedmann, F., Salama, A. M., and Ibrahim, H. G. (2017). Planning for Affordable Housing as Part of Property_Led Development Strategies in Gulf Cities. Abstract and Presentation in the Proceedings of Planning Research Conference-PRC: Transcending Boundaries: Global Flows and Spatial Justice:, Belfast, United Kingdom, PP. 22-23.

Salama, A. M., Azzali, S., Wiedmann, F. (2016). Socio-spatial Practice of Migrant Communities in Doha’s Traditional Core: The Case of Al Asmakh District, Workshop 6 - Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society, 7th Annual Gulf Research Meeting-2016, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Salama, A. M. (2014). Keynote: Shaping Urban Tradition and the Contemporary Lived Space in a Globalizing Context. IASTE-2014, Proceedings of the Biennale Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. Kulala Lumpur, Malaysia, P.13. download book of abstracts

Salama, A.M.; Khalfani, F; Al-Maimani, A.; Wiedmann, F. (2013). Integrated Methodological Framework for Assessing Urban Open Spaces: From Inhabitants’ Reactions to Structured Evaluations. Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference-2013, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals, Doha, Qatar. DOI: 10.5339/qfarf.2013.SSHO-010

Wiedmann, F.; Salama, A. M.; Thierstein, A. (2013). The Impact of Economic Diversification on Urban Morphologies: An Interdisciplinary Assessment. Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference-2013, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals, Doha, Qatar. DOI:10.5339/qfarf.2013.SSHP-017

Thierstein, A.; Conventz, S.; Wiedmann, F; and Salama, A. M. (2013). When the Oryx takes off: Doha; a New Rising Knowledge Hub in the Gulf Region, Presentation as part of the session: High-tech Industry Development: A Comparative Perspective, the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA. USA.

Salama, A. M., Wiedmann, F., Thierstein, A. (2012). People and the City: Unveiling the Lived Urban Environment, AHP36, Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum-2012, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals, Doha, Qatar. DOI: 10.5339/qfarf.2012.AHP36

Wiedmann, F., Salama, A. M., Thierstein, A. (2012). Urban Qualities for Sustainable Urbanism in the Emerging Knowledge Economy of Doha: An Exploratory Assessment, AHO10, Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum-2012, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals, Doha, Qatar. DOI:10.5339/qfarf.2012.AHO10

Conventz, S., Salama, A.M., Wiedmann, F., Alaily-Matar, N., Thierstein, A. (2012). Investigating Urban Qualities in Emerging Knowledge Economies, Presentation as part of the session: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Regional Prosperity: Creating Competitive Economies V, the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, NY. USA.

Salama, A. M., Wiedmann, F., Thierstein, A., Alaily-Matar, N., Conventz, S. (2011). Urban Qualities in an Emerging Regional Metropolis, AHO5, Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum-2011, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals, Doha, Qatar. DOI: 10.5339/qfarf.2011.aho5

Salama, A. M. (2011). A Dialogical Understanding of Urban Center(s) and Peripheries in the City of Doha, Qatar. International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association: Peripheries 2011, Queen’s University, Belfast, United Kingdom.

Salama, A. M. (2010). Evolving Cultural Aspirations in an Emerging Regional Metropolis. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Cultural Role of Architecture, EMMTEC, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. PP. 29-30.

Salama, A. M. (2010). Architectural Identity Demystified. A Classification of Visual Voices from the Arab World. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Cultural Role of Architecture, EMMTEC, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. PP. 35-36.

Salama, A. M. (2008). Disclosing Urban Space Diversity: Exploring Cairo’s Al Azhar Park and Melbourne’s Federation Square. In M. Bonaiuto, M. Bonnes and A. M. Nenci (eds.), Proceedings of IAPS 20, International Association for People-Environment Studies – Urban Diversity, Biosphere, and Well-being, Rome, Italy.

Salama, A. M. (2000). Cultural Sustainability of Historic Cities: Notes on Conservation Projects in Old Cairo. In G. Moser, E. Pol, Y. Bernard, M. Bonnes, J. Corraliza, and M. V. Giuliani (eds.), Proceedings of IAPS 16, International Association for People-Environment Studies – Metropolis 21st Century: Cities, Social Life, and Sustainable Development, Paris, France.

Salama, A. M. (2002). Deep Sustainability and Architectural Pedagogy in the Developing World. In G. Moser,E. Pol, Y. Bernard, M. Bonnes, J. Corraliza, and M. V. Giuliani (eds.), Proceedings of IAPS 16, International Association for People-Environment Studies – Metropolis 21st Century: Cities, Social Life, and Sustainable Development, Paris, France.