Director & Vice Directors

Prof. Dr. José Manuel Pagés Madrigal

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

Professor Pagés Madrigal was born in Seville (Spain) and has a long pedagogic trajectory. Before being invited to be director of this program he worked in similar functions in Lisboa (Moderna University), Lebanon (Lebanese American University) and Cyprus (American University of Cyrpus). read more


The academic activities in the fields of urban and regional planning has gained steadily over the past thirty three years in various universities in Europe (Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Portugal), South America (Brazil and Argentina) Africa (Tunisia and Cape Verde) and Middle East (Lebanon, Cyprus and Egypt). This activity was developed in parallel with invitations to educational interventions in other European and American Institutions. The coordination of MSc programs (Public Urban Policies – 2009-20012) and the co-coordination of International PhD programs (QuoD- IUAV Venice) are some results of these activities.
The concept of territory as a research laboratory has prevailed in areas such as border areas, conflict territories, and shrinking spaces in the different territorial and urban scales, with special attention to Mediterranean port cities. By the creation and management of the Observatory of Public Policies and Territory, have reinforced transversal and applied research, aspects that the candidate is developing and deepening since 2009.
During these years the pedagogic activity was shared with management positions into several Portuguese Universities. The chair of the Department of Architecture of the Universidade Moderna – Lisbon (1999-2007) and the presidency of Institutions as Dinensino (2007-2008) are the most remarkable in the past. His previous activity in Eastern Mediterranean countries run in Lebanon , as visiting professor at Beirut Arab University (2011-2013) and Chairman of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design of the Lebanese American University (2013-2015).The coordination of Master and PhD programs at Girne American University and the tasks as founder dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts in American University of Cyprus were his most remarkable activities in North Cyprus in 2015.
In a parallel way he has shared the academic activity with his functions as Associate Professor in Urban and Territorial planning at the University of Genoa, since 2013 and full professor at  German University in Cairo since 2016 . As dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design in this last University (2019-…) José Manuel Pagés renews his compromise with the Heritage and Contemporaneity in the Mediterranean region. His previous duties as member of the National Board of ICOMOS-UNESCO in Spain and counselling missions for Institutions  like Union for Mediterranean, 100 RC – Rockefeller Foundation and OSCE mission in Kosovo must continue in the Egyptian country for the next years.

Selected Publications:

  • PAGÉS MADRIGAL, José Manuel (2018): Port-city relations. A gaze from Eastern Mediterranean.Las relaciones puerto-ciudad. Una Mirada desde el Mediterráneo oriental in PORTUS n. 35/2018,Edited in English and Spanish ISSN: 2282-5789
  • PAGÉS MADRIGAL, José Manuel: (2018). Some Notes about Architecture, Urbanism and Economy.Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 2(2), 1-11. ISSN 2475-6156 (print)ISSN 2475-6164 (online)
  • PAGÉS MADRIGAL, José Manuel (2017)  Grief layers in eastern Mediterranean cities, in Places,forms and memories of grief in contemporary cities luoghi, forme e memorie del lutto nelle cittàcontemporanee
  • PAGÉS MADRIGAL, José Manuel. (2013) Architectures on territories- Methodologies for graphicalrepresentation, (chapter) in Advances in Landscape Architecture by Murat OzyavuzChapter 3 pages 53-86Ed IntechopenEdited in English. ISBN: 978-953-51-1167-2
  • PAGÉS MADRIGAL, José Manuel,MALAFAYA, Filipa. (2011) “Territórios como laboratórios.Territories asLaboratories” Ed List.Barcelona2011Edited in English and Portuguese I.S.B.N. 9788895623429

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.

Prof. Michael Eichner

Prof. Architecture & Urban Design
Vice Director For Academic Affairs
Room No.: D1.124

Michael Eichner is the Vice Director of the Architecture & Urban Design Department at the German University in Cairo. His research looks at theoretical, practical and methodical knowledge at the intersection of architecture, innovation, environment and sustainable studies. He has 16 years teaching experience as professor in European, Russian and Asian universities and more than 19 years of international experience as architect and planning expert. read more


He is an expert for housing, sustainable certification and urban transformation and worked in the position as team leader and project architect on medium and large scale architectural and urban projects. In 2015 he founded the Center for Sustainable Building and Urban Design (CEP) at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU). He launched his independent practice in 1998 after working in offices in Munich, London and Moscow and worked as leading architect of various realized and awarded buildings and urban districts. His design projects and teaching courses in the department for architecture and building technology are focusing on social-cultural and environmental quality.

Prior to joining the faculty at the GUC, Michael Eichner held teaching and research positions at the Technical University of Munich, the Moscow Architectural Institute, and the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering. In addition to architectural design, he has taught classes on live cycle assessment in architecture and renewable energy in building 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. As certified “DGNB consultant” of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is he regularly organizing 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:

  • 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.