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 of the Program & 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.