Staff Member
Aly Hatem Gabr Professor/أستاذ

Birth Date :26/1/1963


Qualifications :

B.Sc. (1984) "Architectural Engineering" Cairo University (Egypt)

M.Sc. (1988) "Colour and Form in Rural Vernacular Architecture" Cairo University (Egypt)

Ph.D. (1992) "Influence of Sufi Beliefs on Traditional Bahri Mamluk Medieval Architecture" Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

Fields of Interest :

History of Architecture

Islamic Art and Architecture

Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture

Museology and Scenography

Design Methods and Creative Design Studio

Recent Publications :

2004 “The Impossible Made Possible: al-Azhar Park seen through local eyes.” For the Official Book on the opening of al-Azhar Park, AKTC, Geneva, 2004.

2004 - “A New Perspective to Tracing the Origin and Meaning of Medieval Western Architecture: Arab-Muslim Influences on European Architecture.” In partial fulfillment for the Professorship promotion, November 2004. (Unpublished).

2003 “The First Museums and Their Public: Collections as a Vehicle for National Finding.” First Symposium on “History-Making Within a Global Framework,” Centre for Architectural History & Theory, University of Edinburgh, July 2003.

2003 Joint article with Dr. Ashraf Salama, “Architecture.” Egypt ALMANAC: The Encyclopedia of Modern Egypt, 2003 edition, Egypto-file Ltd., Wellington, USA.

2001 “A Comparative Study of Architectural Discourse in Western and Arab-Islamic Thought.” Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol. 48 No. 1, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, February 2001.

2000 “The Origin and Development of the ‘Use of Buildings’ in French Architectural Literature.” Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol. 47 No. 3, Faculty of Engineering, March 2000.

2000 “The Symbolism of Light as Embodied in Mamluk Religious Cairene Architecture.” Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol. 47 No. 6, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, December 2000.

1998 “Sustainable Development as an Approach to balance Natural Conservation and development: A Case study of the Project of Al-Ahlam Island, Montaza Alexandria.” (Joint Paper) Scientific Journal of the Faculty of Regional and Urban Planning, Cairo University, July 1998.

1998 “Symbolism in Ancient Egyptian Architecture.” In partial fulfillment for the Assistant Professor Promotion, July 1998. (Unpublished).

1998 “A Historic Study of the Origin and Development of the Concept of Aesthetics.” Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol.45 No. 6, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, September 1998.

1997 “The Form and Function of Islamic Baths: With Special Reference to Hammam Bashtak in Cairo.” Journal of Engineering and Science, vol.44 No.4, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, August 1997.

1996 “A Visual Aesthetic View of Traditional Byzantine Ar5chitecture: The Case of the Church of Santa Sophia.” Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol.43 No.5, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, October 1996.

1995 “The Evolution of the Concept of the Square in Europe: An Historic Overview.” Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol.42 No. 4, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, August 1995.

1995 “The Hindu Temple in South India: With Special Reference to the Temple Complex of Madurai.” Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, vol.43 No. 5, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, December 1995.

1993 “The Traditional Mamluk Processes or Producing Art and Architecture.” Paper in Edinburgh Architecture Research EAR 20, Dept. of Architecture, Edinburgh University, 1993.

1992 “The Madrasa of Sultan Hassan in Cairo: A Cosmological Interpretation.” Published Paper in Cosmos, “Sacred Architecture in the Traditions of India, China, Judaism and Islam,” The Yearbook of the Traditional Cosmology Society, edited by Emily Lyle, Edinburgh University Press, Volume 8, 1992.

1992 “The Influence of Traditional Muslim Beliefs on Medieval Religious Architecture: A Study of the Bahri Mamluk Period.” Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, Edinburgh University, 1992.

1991 “The Ka`aba: The Centre in Islam.” Paper in Edinburgh Architecture Research EAR 18, Dept. of Architecture, Edinburgh University, 1991.

1990 “Expressive intent in Traditional Architecture.” Paper in Edinburgh Architecture Research EAR 17, Department of Architecture, Edinburgh University, 1990.

1989 “About Man and Humanity: Ideas have Consequences.” Paper in Edinburgh Architecture Research EAR 16, Dept. of Architecture, Edinburgh University, 1989.

1988 - “A Colour and Form Study of selected examples of Rural Vernacular Architecture in Egypt.” Unpublished Thesis, Cairo University, 1988.

Recent Books :

2010 “The Diplomatic Club,” in association with Cultnat, Biblioteca Alexandrina, Egypt 2010.

2009 “AlTahra Palace,” in association with Cultnat, Biblioteca Alexandrina, Egypt 2009.

2007 “Abdeen Palace: the Jewel of 19th Century Cairo,” in association with Cultnat, Biblioteca Alexandrina, Egypt 2007.

2007 “Abdeen Palace: The Official Guide,” in association with Cultnat, Biblioteca Alexandrina, Egypt 2007.

2007 قصر عابدين: الدليل الرسمى" بلإشتراك مع مركز توثيق التراث الحضارى و الطبيعى، مكتبة الأسكندرية 2007 .

2007 “Inspirations: Design Folios from Abdeen Palace,” in association with Cultnat, Biblioteca Alexandrina, 2007.

Conferences :

2006 “Arab-Mulim Influences Appropriated Into European Medieval Architecture,” 3rd Int. Conf., Appropriating Architecture Taming Urbanism in the Decades of Transformation, Cairo University, 2006.

2006 “A Room With A View: Past, Present & Future,” 2nd Int. Conf., Transparency in Architecture, University of Aristotle, Thessaloniki, April 2006.

2005 “The Symbolism of Light in Traditional Religious Islamic Architecrure”, Public Lecture in the Goethe Institute, Cairo, April 2005.

2005 “Conservation of Egyptian 20th Century Architecture: Towards a New Approach that takes Architectural Stylistic Analysis into Consideration,” Public Lecture in the Inaugural Ceremony of Heliopolis 100 Ans, 5th May 2005.

2003 “Sinan Abdulmennan and his masterpiece the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul.” Eighth Symposium on the Arts of the Ottoman Period, Cosmos 12, Edinburgh, February 2003.

2003 “The Role of Criticism in Architecture Design Education.” Joint paper with M. Fikry Mohamed, 8-10 March 2003: “UIA Architectural Education Commission: 1st International Conference: Architectural Education for the New Millennium: Issues, Innovations and Traditions,” Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt.

2001 “A Reassessment of Aesthetics in the Romanesque Period: Religious or Secular?” Joint Paper with A. M. Abdelghaffar, 2-3 November 2001: “Architecture of the Traditional Christian Periods in Europe.” Conference at the University of Edinburgh, Centre for Architectural History and Theory.

2000 “Localizing Global Traditions in Egyptian Architecture: The Issue of Collective Identity.” Seventh IASTE Conference, 12-15 December 2000: “The End of Tradition?”

1998 “Urban Conservation and Upgrading of Zamalek,” Sixth IASTE Conference, 15-18 December 1998: “Manufacturing Heritage Consuming Tradition.”

1996 “Cairene Neo-pharaonic Architecture in the Twentieth Century: A Recurrent Western Influence.” Fifth IASTE Conference, December 14-17, 1996: “Identity, and Built Form: The Role of Culture in Planning and Development.”

1994 “Shi`i Process of Place-Making and its Influence on Fatimid Architecture,” 1-2 December 1994: “People Place and Development.” CARDO, Centre for Architectural research and Development Overseas, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

1992 “The Relationship Between Belief and Space in the Traditional House and Mosque.” Lecture, July 24th, 1992: “Religious Belief and Sacred Space.” Cambridge University, Board of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, U.K.

1991 “The Madrasa of Sultan Hassan.” Lecture May 25th, 1991: “Medieval Cities Colloquium: Cairo in the Middle Ages.” Edinburgh University, Department of History in Conjunction with the Centre for Continuing Education.

1991 “The Journey to the Centre.” Joint Paper with H. Jomah, September 10th 1991: “Architecture and Traditional Systems of Belief.” Conference at the University of Edinburgh, Centre for Architectural History and Theory in Conjunction with the Traditional Cosmology Society.

Administrative Positions :

1/08/2012 Vice Dean for Education and Students Affairs, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University.

Awards :

1988-1991 University of Edinburgh Studentship for 3 consecutive years: 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91.

1988 - 1991 ORS Award for 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91.

1984 Certificate of Merit and Excellence from the Engineering Syndicate, Cairo, 1984.

Membership in Scientific Societies :

2005-present Member of Documentation group for Egyptian Royal Palaces, CULTNAT. (Since May 2005).

Editor/Reviewer :

1998-2002 Editor in Chief, Medina Magazine for Architecture, Interiors, and Fine Arts. (January 1998 – April 2002).

1991 Editor of Edinburgh Architecture Research EAR 18, Dept. of Architecture, Edinburgh University, 1991.

1990 Editor of Edinburgh Architecture Research EAR 17, Dept. of Architecture, Edinburgh University, 1990.

1988 “An Architectural Historical Perspective of the Arab Middle East.” Book review in al-Mustaqbal al-`Arabi # 107, January 1988, published by the Centre of Arab Unity Studies.

1985 Editor of the 3rd Year Book of the Department of Architecture, Cairo University, 1985.

Professional Activities :

2010-present Member of the Scientific Committee of NMEC, National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Cairo, Egypt. (2010-present).

2009-2010 Visiting member of the Organization of Urban Harmony (2009-2010).

2008-2010 Part-time Professor, American University in Cairo, PVA (Performing and Visual Arts), (since September 2008 - end of 2010).

2008-2009 Partner with Dr. Ahmed Fouad Hafez, 34 Bahgat Ali Street, Zamalek, Cairo. (December 2008-November 2009).

2006-present Partner in A2G2 Architecture and Interiors Consultancy Office (Since August 2006).

2005-present Professor of Design, History and Theories of Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. (Since March 2005).

2005-2009 Part-time Professor, Cairo Branch, Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport. (August 2005 till 2009).

2002-present General Manager of Bureau Gabr, for Architecture, Urban Design and Interiors. (since January 2002).

2002 Commissioner of the Egyptian Pavilion for the 2002 Biennale of Venice for Architecture.

2001-2004 Member of the Architecture Board in the Supreme Council for Culture. (2001-2004).

1999-2005 Acting Head of Department of Architecture, Cairo Branch, Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport. (September 1999 - August 2005).