Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cornelia Redeker

Dr. Cornelia Redeker is Associate Professor for Architecture and Urban Design and Vice Dean for academic affairs at the GUC. Cornelia Redeker studied Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany and the Berlage-Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands. read more


She was assistant professor at the Chair for Urban Design and Regional Planning at TU Munich while developing her PhD research on the topic of Urban Flood Integration along the Rhine at the TU Delft Water Research Centre. With her office CO/R Cities on Rivers Research+Development she has worked as a consultant for urban development and upgrading projects in the flood plain of the Rhine and the Nile. Since being appointed in 2012 as an Associate Professor for Architecture and Urban Design at the German University in Cairo she has been focusing on landscape-based urban design strategies framed by the urgencies of water and land scarcity in Egypt. In 2013, she co-founded the Nile Islands Initiative (Nil), an interdisciplinary platform to map, protect and activate the spatial qualities of the Nile islands in the context of increasing urbanization. Dahab Island in Cairo is serving as the main case study for action-based research formats. She is currently co-curating and authoring “Landscaping Egypt – From the Aesthetic to the Productive” a series of lectures, workshops, a conference and a forthcoming educational publication to define new productive landscape design models within the Egyptian context.

Selected Publications:

Redeker, C., Juettner, M. ed. (forthcoming). Landscaping Egypt – From the Aesthetic to the Productive Redeker, C. (2018). A New Water Metabolism – Porosity and Decentralization. In: Porous City – From Metaphor to Urban Agenda. Birkhaeuser Redeker, C. (2018). Rhine Cities - Urban Flood Integration (UFI) - German and Dutch Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies. AB+E Publishers, TU Delft Juettner, M. Redeker, C. (2017). Case Study New Cairo, Egypt: Productive Landscapes: A Valid Lifestyle Model For Upscale Real Estate Development and a Livelihood. International Conference II - Reclaiming Public Space Within Metropolitan Areas. Amman, Jordan Nov 22-24, 2017 Redeker, C., Nazer, H. (2016). Designing Cycles – Solid Waste Management Case Study Geziret El Dahab, SBE16 Cairo int. conference Redeker, C., Kantoush, S. (2014). The Nile Delta: Urbanizing on Diminishing Resources. In: Built Environment, Alexandrine Press


Prof. Dunja Karcher

Architecture and Urban Design

Assoc. Prof. Holger Gladys

Holger Gladys is an architect and urbanist, and has been teaching since 2016 urban design and theory at the German University in Cairo.His activities are mainly dedicated to the 5th year Major Urban Design Studies, a pre-master program composed of intense design instruction and extensive applied research on the urban environment. read more


He graduated from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and from the research-based Berlage Institute in Amsterdam. In addition to having been a practicing architect in the Netherlands, between 2003 and 2016 he has been Associate Lecturer at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, and parallel between 2010 and 2016 Research Associate at the Weimar Bauhaus University. He has been a member of the Weimar Institute for European Urban Studies and in 2013 Guest Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. During the course of 15 years, he has been a Master Thesis Committee Member in Amsterdam, Weimar and Leuven; Guest Critic at design studios in Delft, Stuttgart, Innsbruck, Washington DC; and Visiting Teacher during international summer schools in Amsterdam, Istanbul and Porto.

The research cluster values Ananya Roy’s call for ‘New Geographies of Theory’ that attempts to recalibrate the discourse on the formation of metropolitan urban-regional-rural-agglomerations away from an EuroAmerican dominated narrative toward the need of moving the cities of the global South in the center of theory-making. The program is an invitation to break open black and white thinking, to consider and re-consider an outdated hegemony, and to carefully position and re-position the global South at eyelevel on the agenda of critical reflection and space-making. The ambition is to create fresh and unbiased insights on the repertoire of metropolitan conditions, particularly reflecting the vocabulary of the Greater Cairo Region as source and inspiration.

Selected Publications:
Holger Gladys; Don't Trust the Idyll, Meritorious Objectives and Arguable Substance in Dutch Suburbia – in Barbara Schönig (ed.) Variations of Suburbanism, Approaching a Global Phenomenon. ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart (2015) and Columbia University Press, New York (2017).

Asst. Prof. Dr. Hussam Salama

Dr. Hussam Salama is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. He did his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University and has received his Master of Architecture and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. Prior to that, he earned Master and Bachelor degrees in architectural engineering from Cairo University. His research focuses on urban development in the Middle East during the era of Globalization. He also investigates the nature of public spaces in cities in the region. Dr. Salama held several teaching and research positions at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, Qatar University, and the British University of Egypt. He currently teaches architecture design studios, Sustainable Urban Development, Urban Economics, and Urban Sociology courses at the more

× Selected Publications:
Salama, Hussam (Forthcoming). Formation and Transformation of Tahrir Square. In Saliba, Robert. Conceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World, Ashgate,
Salama, Hussam (2014). Places of Flows in Globalizing Middle Eastern Cities. Architecture and Art. Issue 25 & 26, Autumn 2013.
Salama, Hussam (2013). Dubai in a World of Flows.” International Journal of Architectural Research. Volume 7, Issue 2, July 2013.
Salama, Hussam (2013). Tahrir Square: A Narrative of Public Space. International Journal of Architectural Research. Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2013
Salama, Hussam (2012). Tahrir Square: Between Local Traditions and Global Flows. The International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) Conference. Portland, USA.
Salama, Hussam (2012). Places of People Flows: Learning from Dubai. The 3d Gulf Research Meeting. Cambridge University, July 2012

Assoc. Prof. José Madrigal

Architecture and Urban Design

Prof. Michael Eichner

Building Technology

Professor for sustainable design, developing theoretical and methodical knowledge at the intersection of architecture, innovation, environment and sustainable studies. Expert for housing, sustainable certification and urban reconstruction, accredited by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).read more


Founder of the Center for Sustainable Building and Urban Design (CEP) at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU). Leading architect of various realized and awarded buildings and urban districts with focus on social-cultural and environmental quality. Has 12 years teaching experience as professor in European, Russian and Asian universities and more than 17 years of international experience as architect and planning expert in the position as team leader and general project leader on medium and large scale architectural and urban reconstruction projects.

Researching on the complexity of sustainable design strategies, social and ecologic quality requirements for buildings and urban districts, technology innovation and energy-efficiency for environmental and climate friendly living environments. As certified “DGNB consultant” of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) regularly organizing official qualification courses of the DGNB system for graduate students and specialists at the German University in Cairo, to establish sustainable certification for planners and other stakeholders in construction, urban development and urban policy making.

Selected Publications:

M. Eichner, Z. Ivanova, Socioecological Aspects of High-rise Construction, E3S Web of Conferences 33, 03065 (2018). M.J. Eichner; Z.I. Ivanova: Economical accommodation for migrants and refugees: eco-sustainable architectural design; Journal of Economy and entrepreneurship, number 9 (Volume 3) 2017 pp 783-787. M.J. Eichner: Sustainable optimization of laboratory and housing buildings during architectural concept design // Almaty, “International conference - New construction trends in the 21st century", 2017. M.J. Eichner; Z.I. Ivanova: Sustainable Architecture and Reconstruction Technology of Housing Buildings of the 60-70-ies of XX Century in Russia // International Journal of Applied Engineering Research ISSN 0973-4562 Volume 11, Number 3 (2016) pp 1653-1659.


Prof. Dr.Rita Pinto de Freitas

Architecture and Urban Design

Assoc. Prof. Ruairí O'Brien

Visual Design

Assoc. Prof.Thomas Loeffler

Building Technology

Assoc. Prof. Urs Walter

Building Technology