Director & Vice Directors

Prof. Michael Eichner

Prof. Architecture & Urban Design
Director of the Program of Architecture and Urban Design
Room No.: D1.126

Michael Eichner is the Director of the Architecture & Urban Design Program at the German University in Cairo. His field of research is design at the intersection of architecture, environment and sustainable studies. He is architect and expert for housing, sustainable certification and urban transformation. read more


Born in Germany, he completed his architectural studies at the Technical University Munich and graduated in 1996. He worked as a research assistant for Prof. Peter Ebner at the Chair for Housing and Housing Economics and from 2007 until 2015 as professor at the Moscow Architectural Institute. In 2015 he founded the Center for Sustainable Building and Urban Design (CEP) at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering. 2016 he was appointed as full professor at the German University in Cairo, where he is teaching sustainable architecture, building technology and integrated design.

Professor Michael Eichner is researching on the complexity of sustainable design strategies, social and ecologic requirements for buildings and urban districts, technology innovation and energy efficiency for environmental and climate friendly living environments.

His teaching emphasis lies in holistic and interlinked design of residential environments in times of rapid change in cultural and social requirements. As certified “DGNB consultant” of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) he organizes regularly DGNB qualification courses 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:

  • Eichner M., Ivanova Z. (2021): Adaptation of Cities to Climate Change (Best Practices Review). E3S Web of Conferences 244(5):06011. DOI 10.1051/e3sconf/202124406011.
  • Eichner M., Elsharawy H. (2020): Life cycle assessment (LCA) based concept design method for potential zero emission residential building. IOP Conference Series Earth and Environmental Science. January 2020. DOI 10.1088/1755-1315/410/1/012031.
  • Eichner M., Ivanova Z. (2018): Socioecological Aspects of High-rise Construction, E3S Web of Conferences 33, 03065. DOI 10.1051/e3sconf/20183303065.
  • Eichner M., Ivanova Z. (2017): Economical accommodation for migrants and refugees: eco-sustainable architectural design. Journal of Economy and entrepreneurship, number 9 (Volume 3) 2017 pp 783-787.
  • Eichner, M. (2017): Sustainable optimization of laboratory and housing buildings during architectural concept design. Almaty, “International conference new construction trends in the 21st century".
  • Eichner M. (2016): Sustainable Architecture and Reconstruction Technology of Housing Buildings of the 60-70-ies of 20th Century in Russia. International Journal of Applied Engineering Research ISSN 0973-4562 Volume 11, Number 3 (2016) pp 1653-1659. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hussam Salama

Assoc. Prof. Architecture & Urban Design
Vice Director For Students Affairs & Head of Department
Room No.: D1.115

Dr. Hussam Salama is the Vice Director of the program and the Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Hussam Salama is also a member of the faculty’s curriculum committee. read more


He holds a Master of architecture and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He then pursued his postdoctoral studies as a Dubai Initiative Research Fellow at Harvard University. He held several teaching and research positions at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, Qatar Foundation and Qatar University.

His research focuses on urban transformation in the Middle East during the era of Globalization with emphasis on new trends of development. He also investigates the nature of public spaces in cities across the region and their role in promoting socio-political discourse. Dr. Salama supervises doctoral and master theses that focus on the process of construction and development, the quality of urban life, the notion of public spaces, and contemporary trends of urban transformation.

Selected Publications:

  • Salama, Hussam and Shafik, Rania (2016). “Spectacles, Themed Architecture and Urban Replicas Places Shaped for Globalization.” International Journal of Applied Engineering Research. Volume 11, Number 9 (2016) pp 6264-6270.
  • Salama, Hussam (2015). “Dubai: An Urbanism Shaped for Global Tourism.” Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology. 4:154. doi:10.4172/2168-9717.1000154.
  • Salama, Hussam (2015). “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 & Winter 2014.
  • Salama, Hussam. “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.