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I am an architect and BioGeometry® practitioner. My expertise is in sustainable and environmentally conscious architecture. Worked for the last 20 years in the field of zero emission and passive earth buildings, sustainable architectural conservation, climate responsive design, climate neutral architectural design. I am a licensed architect since 2001. Received my bachelor’s degree in architecture from Egypt then earned a master’s degree in environmental planning and design followed by a PhD in conservation of vernacular architecture in 2011 from Lund University in Sweden. My research focus is passive and carbon neutral low-tech vernacular methods and their adaptation for contemporary energy efficient and zero carbon building practice. Mainly I tend to apply transdisciplinary approaches in my research work following a human centred participatory design method. I received the Swedish Elna Bengtssons foundation prize for scientific research in 2012 for my PhD project. Published over 60 manuscripts and four books beside lecturing in the fields of vernacular architecture, sustainable and environmental design, energy efficient buildings, zero emission design, carbon neutral architecture, sustainable conservation, design and build with natural materials and BioGeometry®. As a practitioner, I participated in several design projects in Egypt, MENA region and Europe. In 2018, I was appointed as full professor in sustainable and environmental architecture at Aalborg university in Denmark where I was the head of the sustainable architecture research lab. Currently I am a Docent and associate professor at Malmö University in Sweden. Working in a Crafoord funded project on climate resilient architecture called 'Z free home'. While still working with a continuation for the minus carbon and plus energy refugee shelters and a FORMAS funded project on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for people at the margins.

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