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 a 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 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.

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. Prof. Branka Dimitrijevic represents the University of Strathclyde on the project management team and Prof. Ashraf Salama and Dr. David Grierson are co-investigators on the project.
As part of his research endeavors at the University of Strathclyde, he has founded two research clusters in two widely acknowledged research areas:







- BEEAPRU: Built Environment Education and Architectural Pedagogy Research Unit







Visit Research on Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East
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CURRENT Funded Studentships and PhD Research Projects 

2016-2019: (Laura Maclean) The Quality of the Urban Environment in Sub-Saharan African Cities 
2015-2018: (Huyam Abudib)  Contextual Characteristics of Housing Transformation in North African Cities: The Case of Tripoli-Libya (Global South Project) 
2015-2018: (Abdur Razzak Yasin) Exploring the impacts of Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development in Urban Planning in Bangladesh 
2015-2018: (Kristijn Van Riel) Characterisation of Architecture and Urbanism of Cities in the Global South (Accra, Ghana) 
2014-2017: (A. A. El Semellawy) Architecture of Port Cities

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COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS

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 Metropolis. In collaboration with Alain Thierstein of 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:

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).