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1.    November 18 – Day One:: CONFERENCE

Our agenda will start early in the morning so we would anticipate that most people arrive the day before.  We are arranging for airport meet and assist and transfer to the hotel – likely the Ritz or Intercontinental.  Our event is being held at the American University Cairo’s Tahrir Square campus which is a short walk/ride from either hotel. Each presentation during the day will be a minimum 50 minute presentation with a 10 minute Q&A in order to satisfy AIA’s Continuing Education requirements. 


0815 – 0845    Registration

0845 – 0900    Welcome and Introduction

0900 – 1000    Speaker 1 - Sustainable Design in GCC Climate - Ali Lari and Abd-elsattar Kaadan, PhD

The modernization and the rapid development of the Arabian Gulf region following the discovery of oil has transformed small towns such as Khobar, Manama, Doha and Dubai to a metropolitan urban morphology with international architecture similar to cities of North America.   The aim of this session is to formulate a contemporary and futuristic sustainable building design toolbox for the continually developing cities of the Arabian Gulf region, putting into consideration the local climate during the entirety of the design process as a basic tenet toward energy efficiency and the reduction of carbon emissions.
Arch. Ali Lari is an architectural designer with experience in designing and managing projects of a variety of scales, including his award winning design-build installation, Urban Decontrol, in Paris, exploring the intersections of socio-political action with built form.

Dr. Abd-elsattar Kaadan is an architect and urban planner, graduated from SAPIENZA of Rome and IUAV of Venice. His teaching and research area in GCC and Europe related to the fields of sensitive climate design, future sustainable livable cities and urban cultural landscape.

1000 – 1100    Speaker 2 - Democracy in local tourism strategy - Medhat Elmesky

This session seeks to highlight aspects of the Panama City Cultural Heritage Tourism District Planas a community revitalization model that can be viable in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The importance of engaging in a democratic participation process when developing urban design visionary plans for the MENA region will be discussed.  Obtaining public input and participation of the community through focus groups and other discussion forums will greatly benefit the economic development of MENA communities while simultaneously redefining tourism and creating an effective and successful democratic system for planning the future cities in the region. 
Mr. Elmesky is an award winning urban planner, landscape desiger and Principal Architect of Design Arts Studio, an urban design firm that deals with various aspects of the design of cities.

1100 – 1115    Coffee Break

1115 – 1215    Speaker 3 - Transferring concern with climate mitigation to Institutional Sustainability  - Khaled Tarabieh

As a result of climate change and the potential risk of global warming, an emerging interest across academic institutions to develop a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions is on the rise.  Faced with a number of environmental challenges in a desert environment, the American University in Cairo (AUC) developed a carbon footprint calculation method for university campus which highlights the strategies adopted by the sustainability team to reduce energy consumption on campus.  This presentation describes the method, challenges, strengths and areas of improvement of the method used and outlines the present strategies developed to manage the campus resources as a result of this exercise.
Dr. Khaled Tarabieh is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design at American University in Cairo, he has led courses in the USA and Egypt on subjects such as building performance, green building rating systems, and the visualization of data.

1215 – 1330    Lunch Break

1330 - 1430     Speaker 4 – KEYNOTE ADDRESS – The Maspero Triangle – Hugh Stewart, Foster & Partners

The international competition for Cairo’s Maspero Triangle in 2015 touches on numerous issues of urban renewal, relevant not just to the wider context of regeneration in Cairo but to placing people at the centre of urban development.  This session will look at the thinking that went into Foster + Partners’ top-placed and the balance of competing interests of residents, landowners and the wider interests of the city, and at work the practice has done elsewhere to humanise city centre development.

1430 – 1530    Speaker 5 - Socio-cultural identity in ME architecture - Yasser Mahgoub

Countries in the ME, especially the Gulf region, have experienced rapid political, economic, physical and technological change during the 20th century. This transformation influenced many social and cultural aspects of the ME societies through the introduction of modern building types and planning theories, the introduction of new construction materials, and the elimination of patterned and decorated walls.  The results of these efforts are now evident at different scales and location in the ME region.  The presentation will discuss several case studies that attempted to express identity and approaches to address them in the design process.
Dr. Yasser Mahgoub is a Professor of Architecture at several of the leading Architectural schools in the middle east, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on subjects such as Human Factors in Architecture and Behavior Research.  

1530 – 1630    Speaker 6 – Hassan Fathy and the Egyptian vernacular - Dr. Zsolt Vasáros

Architect Hassan Fathy is arguably the most notable Egyptian Architect since Imhotep, and many books have been published about his work.  Until today there has not been an actual survey of his built work performed, and many sites in Upper Egypt have been demolished or are in danger.  This session explores the surveying and conservation efforts on many of Fathy's structures, to document the complete portfolio of his work.  Dr. Zsolt Vasaros is Architect and Associate Professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics and is the field director for the surveying of Hassan Fathy's complete works. 

1630 – 1645    Break

1645 – 1745    Speaker 7 - Measuring the Intangible when designing for WELLness – Dr. Christine Bruckner

A focus on quantifying the qualitative.  Sharing how to understand intangible metrics of Air, Sound, Light, Water and beyond to enhance the design process and ultimately the experiential aspects of any space   Through case studies, to show the specific metrics and materials which distinguish successful and certified spaces.  Clarifying the role of the architect in affecting health and wellness in design.
Christine is an architect actively supporting best practice, sustainability and wellness in design. As a Director with M Moser Associates, she brings her experience with urban integration, revitalization and design excellence to guide development of our built environment at all scales. Her focus is working with client and community stakeholders to encourage deep dive investigation, coordination and sustainable best practice.  A LEED AP and BEAM Professional, Christine is also an early adapter of the International WELL Building Institute and M Moser’s first registered WELL AP.  Christine has over 20 years experience practicing in the US, Europe, Japan and Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in architecture and engineering from the University of Tokyo, a Master’s degree in architecture from Yale University, and a BA and Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University. Frequently serving as juror, advisor, university reviewer, organizer and speaker at workshops through out the region. She has been recognized with global awards for excellence and leadership, recently receiving the Top 100 Women Who's Who recognition and the AIA HK Distinguished Service Award among many.  She continues in all she does to bring her design focus on sustainability, best practice and the public realm to the forefront, and to advocate for an improved built environment globally.

1745– 1800    Closing Remarks


1800 – 1930    Rest & refresh at your hotel

1930 – 2000    Bus to Dinner Cruise

2000 – 2300    Dinner Nile Cruise and AIAME Design Awards Presentation

2.    November 19 – Day Two :: TOURING CAIRO


§     Exclusive visit to the Egyptian Museum pre working hour from 07 to 09 AM including visit to the mummy section..

§     Ibn Tulun Mosque & Gayer Anderson house

§     Khan Bazar visit including Bayt al Shaymi, Qalawun complex, one of the madrassa, al hakim mosque

§     Late Lunch /early dinner at Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant at the Khan Bazar.

3.    November 20 – Day Three:: TOURING OLD CAIRO


§     Coptic Cairo including hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, St. Sergius Church and the Coptic Museum

§     Lunch at the Al Azhar Park

§     New GEM Grand Egyptian Museum visit

§     Giza Plateau – Pyramids and Sphinx with an exclusive visit to Paws of Sphinx

§     Sound & Light show


All of the presentations and tours will count towards AIA and RIBA continuing Education credits so attendees can fulfill the majority of their requirement for the year simply by attending our conference!

For additional information, you may contact AIA Middle East's Egypt Country Representative, Ihab El Habbak, Intn'l Assoc. AIA, locally @ 03-494 1010

Agenda subject to change.  We look forward to seeing you there!