Funded Research


Professor Ashraf Salama has completed over 20 funded research projects including academic and industry based Architecture, sustainable design, and built environment research. The following is a selected list of research reports showing the entire range of research topics and interests. Professor Salama’s record of securing research funds exceeds 2.4 Million $ US which has generated numerous research outputs.  

The following lists include current and completed research projects as well as funded Studentships and PhD research projects.
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CURRENT PROJECTS

2018-2019: Co Investigator:
Re-Enterprising the "Forgotten Villages of Greater Cairo."  A collaborative between Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde School of Business, Strathclyde Department of Architecture, School of Social Policy.  Funded by GCRF Pump Priming. The project explores women's micro and social entrepreneurship within challenged and marginalised informal settlements in Greater Cairo as a potential solution to tackle challenges of sustainable water resources for these communities using  trans-disciplinary frameworks.

2018-2020: Collaborator:
KA107 Erasmus+ Research Mobility between Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK and the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. Serbia. Funded through Erasmus+, European Commission.







- BEEAPRU: Built Environment Education and Architectural Pedagogy Research Unit






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COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS

2015-2018: Principal Investigator:
Investigating Housing Typologies in Multi-cultural Societies of the Gulf Region. In collaboration with (Qatar University). NPRP-National Priorities Research Program, Qatar National Research Fund-QNRF 7th Cycle, NPRP 7 - 960-5-13.  Research Dissemination Website here: Architecture and Urbanism in Qatar http://www.q-urbarch.org/ 

2016-2018: Principal Collaborator 
BC-SDBE: Building Capacity: Sustainable Development of the Built Environment. In collaboration with University of East London (UEL). Funded by British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links. Visit project website.

2016-2018: Co-Investigator
A 3-year project ‘Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments’ (KLABS), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. KLABS is a pioneering educational platform that addresses challenges of urban and rural built environments in the Western Balkans – sustainability and resilience.

2014: Funded Publication Authorship
Commissioned to develop a chapter and visual material for the Catalog of the Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain at the Venice Architecture Biennale --2014. Chapter title: A century of architecture in the Arabian Peninsula: evolving Isms and multiple architectural identities in a growing region Citation: Salama, A. M. (2014). A century of architecture in the Arabian Peninsula: evolving Isms and multiple architectural identities in a growing region. In G. George Arbid (Ed.), Architecture from the Arab world (1914-2014): A Selection. (pp. 137-143). Manama, Bahrain. 

2012-2013: Co- Investigator:    
The Nature of Public Space in Globalizing Doha. UREP- Undergraduate Research Experience Program, Qatar National Research Fund- QNRF 11th Cycle, Project # 11-075-5-012.

2011-2014: Lead Principal Investigator:  
Investigating the Qualities of the Urban Environment in Emerging Regional Metropolises. In collaboration with Technical University of Munich, Germany. NPRP-National Priorities Research Program, Qatar National Research Fund-QNRF 3rd Cycle Project # 09- 1083 -6–023 Research Dissemination Website here: Architecture and Urbanism in Qatar http://www.q-urbarch.org/  

2010-2011: Principal Investigator:
Exploring Active and Experiential Learning Mechanisms in Architectural and Urban Education. UREP- Undergraduate Research Experience Program, Qatar National Research Fund- QNRF- Cycle 8, Project # 08-142-6–015.

2009-2010: Investigator
Incorporating Inquiry Based Learning- IBL into a Lecture-Based Module in Architecture, CILASS-Center for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences, Higher Education Academy and the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

2007-2008: Principal Investigator:      
Awareness Based Assessment Methods of School Buildings in Qatar. Qatar National Research Fund, Undergraduate Research Experience Program- UREP, Doha, Qatar.

2007-2008: Co-Investigator:
Assessment of Spatial and Sustainable Design Characteristics of the Architecture of Shopping Malls in Qatar. Qatar National Research Fund, Undergraduate Research Experience Program-UREP, Doha, Qatar.

2006-2007: Principal Investigator:
A Post Occupancy Evaluation POE-Study of Qatar University Campus Outdoor Spaces: An Examination of the Existing Physical Condition and Users Reactions. Qatar University Internal Grants. Doha, Qatar.

2006-2007: Co-Investigator:
Evaluation of Drivers' Perception of 3 D Highway Alignments.
Qatar National Research Fund, Undergraduate Research Experience Program-UREP, Doha, Qatar.

2006-2007: Lead Researcher:
Developing a Multiple Criteria Matrix for Evaluating Construction Systems. Barwa Real Estates and Construction, Doha, Qatar.

2006-2007: Regional Editor:
An International Survey of Architectural Education and Practice in the Developing World. Harvard University and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture-AKTC, Geneva, Switzerland. 
See output: The Status of Architectural, Environmental Design, and Planning Education in Egypt

2005-2006: Principal Investigator:
An Innovative Approach for Investigating Affordable Housing in Saudi Arabia. Innovation Grant; College of Environmental Design, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals-KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA. 

2004-2005: Principal Investigator:
An Exploratory Investigation into Housing Affordability versus Housing Preferences: The Case of Jeddah. Al Saedan Chair on Affordable Housing Fund, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals-KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA. See output:  A Decision Support Scenario for Real Estate Development Projects in the City of Jeddah

2004-2005: Co-Investigator:
Developing Criteria for a Collaborative Project Delivery Process of Affordable Housing in Saudi Arabia using Virtual Reality Systems. Al Saedan Chair on Affordable Housing Fund, KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA.

2002-2003: Lead Investigator:
Sustainable Design Guidelines for Minnesota State Public Building (The Project Delivery and Public Input Components). Minnesota State-Department of Administration, St Paul, Minnesota, USA. Consultant w/ Adams Group Architects: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

2000-2001: Regional Correspondent:
Development of Textual and Visual Content for Archnet: An Online Community for Architects and Designers Aga Khan Trust for Culture-Geneva, Switzerland: developed by MIT College of Architecture and Planning, Cambridge, MA, USA.

2000: Project Leader:
A Demonstration Project for Sustainable Tourism Facilities/Ecolodges in the Red Sea Region, Egypt. Tourism Development Authority in Egypt and Hagler Bailley Services, Arlington, Virginia, USA (US-AID funded). See Output:  A Charette Process for Designing an Eco-lodge in Al Qula'an, Red Sea, Egypt

1998-2001: Assessor and Technical Reviewer:
 Commissioned to conduct on site  assessment and develop technical reviews of projects shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award in Architecture, Geneva, Switzerland. 
- 200 Housing Units, Wilad Djallal, Biskra, Algeria
- 400 Housing Units, El Oued, Biskra, Algeria
- Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center of Rome, Italy

1997-1999: Project Leader:
Guidelines for Environmentally Friendly Tourist Facilities in Coastal Regions. Environmental Quality International, Cairo, Egypt (US-AID funded). 
- Eco-Tourism and the Egyptian Context
 
1996: Project Leader:
An Action Plan for the Redevelopment of the Historic Core of the City of Quseir, Egypt. Winrock International Environmental Alliance and Environmental Quality International, Virginia, USA (US-AID funded).