Dr. Husam Riyad Husain

Architecture & Urban Design Department
Email: Husam.husain@guc.edu.eg

Dr. Husam R. Husain is a Jordanian architect and planner with a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Planning, specializing in Mediterranean Studies, Coastal Territories, Urban Transformation, and Housing Strategies. read more


Husam is a lecturer in the Urban Design Program at the German University in Cairo and has worked in various firms, along with several freelance projects. He is currently an invited consultant and director of engineering studies and research at the REC, Jordan, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Mediterranean Cities. His academic activities began at the American University of Northern Cyprus before he moved to Cairo in 2018. These activities were developed in parallel with the initiatives of organizing several conferences, seminars, workshops, internships, and supervising dissertations and research activities in different countries and in cooperation with several institutions. Husam is an editorial member of several journals, and currently directs a not-for-profit Urban Research Laboratory, which together aims to expand the urban regional perspective through several discourses with a particular focus on urban transformation in the Mediterranean Basin: Africa, Asia, Europe, and global geo-economic contexts. 


Selected Publications:

  • Husain, H. (2022). Heritage and the City: Values and Beyond. Cinius Yayınları. ISBN: 978-605-71006-4-1
  • Nafa, Hassina & Husain, Husam. (2021). Modelling Macro Scale Spatial Analysis: Location Intelligence Application. Civil Engineering and Architecture. 9. 2556-2569. 10.13189/cea.2021.090738.
  • Husain, Husam. (2020). Mediterranean: Between Expansion and Regeneration. AGORA CAUMME 2020 Conference Book. Alanya Municipality. ISBN: 978-605-06780-3-1.


Dr. Ibrahim Samy Sayed Saleh

Architecture & Urban Design Department
Email: Ibrahim.saleh@guc.edu.eg

Ibrahim Saleh has been teaching at GUC since September 2012 (promoted to lecturer in 2021). Taught and supervised different courses including Working Drawings, Design Studios, Theory of Urban Planning, Electives, Legislation, Professional Practice and Contracts, and many other courses. read more


During the past ten years, he has been extensively involved in research in the area of Environmental Architecture, Participatory Design and Sustainable Development with focusing on educational buildings’ architecture, community participation, Design Build Architecture, and Users (children) Sociology. Beside his expertise, he is also skilled in Building Analysis and experimental field work. These trends he intended to advance in the future.
His interest in Participatory Architecture research arises from its global burden especially in his country (Egypt) with the existing top down decision making strategies and the arising community initiatives in the informal settlements. His extensive research work in the Participatory Design especially school architecture and children participation incorporates a range of local and international workshops and public lectures mentioned in his resume.
Humans being the most valuable element of design, He would like to devote his research, and his academic career, to investigating participatory related topics form theoretical, empirical and computational stand points. His current research emphasizes on the following hypotheses in part of his greater project School Design PARTICIPATORY TAG™ which aims at:
Upgrading building efficiency and architectural design by fragmented case analysis and simulation, participatory case studies of Germany, Netherlands, and the Middle East.
Introducing reverse and passive solutions for upgrading building elements for a better performance.
Introducing participatory design international regulation code and assessment tool.


Selected Publications:

  • Fathy, A., Saleh, I. (2020). Modern Residential Towers as A Pedagogical Tool in Architectural Education with Reference To Egypt. IFAU19 – 3rd International Forum for Architecture and Urbanism. Modernization and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities in Architecture, Urbanism, Cultural Heritage. Paper Proceedings Book/ed. Florian Nepravishta, Andrea Maliqari – Tiranë. ISBN: 978-9928-131-92-8 (e-book PDF).
  • Saleh, I. (2016). School Design through Participation with Reference to Children in Primary Education. SBE16 - Sustainable Built Environment conference 16 organized by The German University in Cairo (GUC) – Architecture and Urban Design, Egypt and German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK), Egypt.

Dr. Shaimaa Fayed

Building Technology Department
Email: Shaimaa.fayed@guc.edu.eg

Shaimaa Fayed is a Lecturer & researcher at Building Technology department, Architecture & Urban design Program at German University in Cairo. She teaches undergraduate Sustainability and Digital Design Studios & Environmental Systems in Architecture.  read more


She joined the GUC since winter 2013, with fifteen years of an experience in the academics and teaching field at the building technology department. She gained the expertise required for the teaching activities as well as research and administration experience. She first received her BSc in Architecture from Faculty of engineering, Ain Shams University, then obtained her master degree in environmental design and planning program, Architecture department, Cairo University in 2011. She held her PhD in Environmental Design and Planning program, Architecture department, Cairo University in 2018, focusing on implementation of innovative strategies to enhance natural ventilation in buildings. 
Her conviction is congruent with the importance of research to improve our environment through expansion of sustainable & creative strategies based on learn and research.  She is an architectural researcher seeks to expand her professional life in the academic and broaden her research prospects focusing on the relationship between built environment and nature to improve building performance with a focus on environmental values.
She has participated in several workshop, seminars, conference and guest lecture in several Institute and Universities as Cairo University, Arab Academy for Science & Technology and RECREE.

Selected Publications:

  • Fayed, S. R., Afify, M. M. & Mahmoud, A. H. A. (2019). “Inspiration for the Morphology of the South-Oriented Double-Skin Façade to Enhance Air Movement in Office Buildings of Cairo”, BScairo, IBPSA, Cairo, Egypt
  • Fayed, S. R., Afify, M. M. & Mahmoud, A. H. A. (2017). “Analysis of non-uniform cavity configuration of the double façade on heat stratification”, SDBE, London, UK

Dr. Walid Mohamed Reda Elshamy

Visual Design & Presentation Department
Email: Walid.elshamy@guc.edu.eg

Walid Mohamed Reda Elshamy is a Lecturer at GUC since 2021. Walid graduated from architecture department at Ain Shams University in a dual graduation project between Ain Shams University in Egypt and Clemson University in USA. read more


He finished his master degree about project management in airports. He finished his Ph.D. degree from GUC in 2019 “An integrated business model for PPP in new cities”. He won several awards in architectural competitions in Egypt, KSA and Germany. He is also active in the professional field being involved in many design projects in Egypt, KSA, and Libya. These projects cover a variety of building typologies such as: Sports Club, Library, Training Center, Recreational Complex, Research Facility, Residential Villa, Mall, School, Conference Hall, Pavilion, and Office Buildings.
He participated in different conferences in Spain and Egypt. He was part of organization team for ARUP conference for 2 versions during his study at Ain Shams University. In addition to his role as part of edition committee at AGORA CAUMME 2020. He is interested in architectural design and its relation to construction and building technology systems. He also concerns about project and construction management techniques and its impact upon the architectural profession. He also has a special concerns about the new cities development in Egypt and Africa, focusing of methods and systems evolved for new communities, in addition to smart systems applied in different buildings. He is also concerned with developing old city buildings. His teaching methodology focuses on teaching the students how to understand the philosophy for the different systems or concepts in order to generate an innovative students that can develop further ideas in the future.


Selected Publications:

  • Shamy, W, Meselhy, M., October 2014, “Development for sustainable construction system (rapid walls) in Egypt using nanotechnology”, published in World Sustainable Building 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Shamy, W, Refaat, M., Farouk, A., November 2013, “Evaluation of BOT Airports in Egypt ". Paper Presented in 1ST International Civil Aviation Symposium (ICAS) titled “Investigating Regional Opportunity, Global Sustainability and Innovation in the Civil Aviation Sector”, German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Shamy, W., Meselhy, M., Farouk, A., November 2013: "Evaluation of Marsa Alam BOT Airport in Egypt". A paper published in SB13 Cairo, Sustainable Building Conference, Democratic transition and sustainable communities- Fairmont – Egypt.
  • Shamy, W.,August 2010: "Futuristic view for Build Operate Transfer (BOT) projects in Egypt". Paper published in 2nd International Conference for Construction in Developing Countries- Fairmont – Egypt.

Ines Consuela Essen

Visual Design & Presentation Department
Email: Ines.schroeder@guc.edu.eg

Ines Essen is a Lecturer for Visual Design and Modeling in the Architecture and Urban Design Program at the German University in Cairo since 2014. She studied Architecture and Urban Design with the focus on visual design at the University of Stuttgart, where she is currently working on her PhD. At GUC, she is teaching Descriptive Geometry, Model Making and Elective Courses. read more


Before joining GUC, Ines Essen was hired as a technical draftswoman at the Institute for the Foundations of Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Stuttgart. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Erwin Herzberger (retired) she is currently working on her PhD at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Stuttgart. Her PhD project is bridging the fields of architecture, art and dance and focuses on choreography of space and spatial cognition.
Under the umbrella of “Space and Body” Ines Essen is concerned with the furthering of knowledge, insights and skills concerning Composition and Perception in the domains of Architecture. Within her research field she discusses the implementation of Art and Dance in architectural design processes. The emphasis of her research field relies upon the exploration, visualization and explication of elementary formal phenomena in the context of the disciplines of Architecture, Art and Dance, making active use of physical modeling applications. She is mainly interested in the spatial relation between Body and Space, Conception of Space, Spatial Arts, Form, Shape and Modeling, Modeling and Visualization, Art, Dance and Architecture.