Department of Architecture


Brief Biography

Nagwa Sherif is a professor of Architectural Engineering at The American University in Cairo. She holds a PhD degree from University of Montreal, Canada in 1984 in Environmental Psychology aspects as related to Architecture and Urban Design; a MSc in Environmental Design from University of Montreal, Canada in 1979, and a BSc in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University in 1973.

Sherif served as an adjunct faculty at the department of Construction Engineering at AUC for eight years, and then was appointed as a full time faculty in Fall 2009 till now. Sherif was a key participant in the inception and the development of the Architectural program at AUC. She served as associate chair of the department of Construction and Architectural Engineering from 2011 to 2016 taking in charge all academic and administrative aspects related to the Architectural Engineering program, leading the team to the first full validation of the program by the UNESCO-UIA. She has been initiating, developing and teaching a number of courses at AUC since Spring 2000. She also introduced a new professional diploma, including a set of courses in Interior Design at the Engineering and Sciences Services department at AUC. Previously, she was a professor of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, as well as at the Architecture-Building Technology credit-hour program at Cairo University.

In 2017, she was nominated to serve as the Head of the Jury for the MENA region at the Lafarge-Holcim foundation international competition on sustainable architecture, that was held at the American University in Cairo.

Currently Sherif is a full time professor at the department of Architecture at AUC teaching and coordinating Level 2 courses, and taking in charge a number of tasks developing and enhancing the architectural engineering program, such as introducing a new minor in Interior Design in collaboration with the Graphic Design program, contributing in the initiation and the development of a Masters graduate program in Architecture.

Since 1985, Sherif has supervised a number of MSc and PhD research projects in the domains of architectural engineering, human and socio-cultural needs in architecture and urban design. She was the vice- principal investigator researcher of the research project: "Social, Psychological and Health Aspects of Housing Design and Neighborhood Planning,” a grant awarded by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Housing and Building National Research Centre. She also participated in the multidisciplinary research funded by the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, investigating the redesign of elementary school buildings to accommodate the integration of children with special needs in the mainstream public education system.

Sherif is a professional engineer and registered at the Egyptian syndicate, architectural section of the society of Egyptian Architects. She is a member of the Environmental Design Research Association and the International Association for People and Environment Studies. She is a member in the committee of the “Egyptian Building Code for the Disabled”, Housing Research and Building Center as well as in the Committee for the development of the Egyptian Code for “Housing and Residential Environments”, in Egypt. She is a partner and co-founder of a professional consulting office involved in a number of architectural and interior design national and international projects, winning prizes in international as well as local competitions.

    • Shehayeb, D. Sherif, N. “Shaping young architects’ minds: Wearing the E-B glasses”, paper presented at the Symposium organized jointly by IAPS 20th Conference Urban Diversities, Biosphere and well-being : Cities, Cultural Diversity, and Design Pedagogy: Enhancing 'People-Environments' Paradigm in Education, Rome, Italy,(July 2008)
    • Sherif, A., Sherif N, Mostafa M. ”Developing a New Architecture Curriculum: Achieving Educational Goals within Program Constraints” Paper accepted for publication and presented at the Oxford Conference, 50 years on “Resetting the Agenda for Architectural Education”, Oxford, UK (July, 2008)

    • Sherif, N., Shafik, Z., Shehayeb, D., Integrating Human Studies into Design Education: Two Applied Approaches, International Symposium, jointly organized by IAPS-CSBE, ‘Culture & Space in the Built Environment Network’ and the IAPS - HOUSING Network, Istanbul, Turkey (2009

    •  Lamei, M., Sherif, A., Sherif, N.,“Selection of Finishing Materials in the High Income Residential Compounds around Cairo”, paper accepted for publication in the International Conference on " Developing the New Urban Communities; Policies and Priorities " by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development and the International Urban Development Network in the Netherlands, held in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt (2009).

    • Sherif,,N., Shafik,Z., Shehayeb,D., “From space to place, the experience of Architectural students in the New Campus”, oral presentation given in the Old-New Campus Research Conference, The American University in Cairo (2009).

    • Sherif, N. H. (Co-Author & Presenter), Sherif, A. H., Lamei, M., 37th IAHS World Congress on Housing Science: Design, Technology, Refurbishment and Management of Buildings, "The dilemma of high income residential compounds design in Egypt with respect to finishing materials," Santander, Spain. (October 2010).

    • Sherif, N. “Integrating Environment-Behavior Studies in Architectural Education, an experiential design project”, paper accepted in the First International Congress on Architectural Design, Teaching and Research, Bari, Italy, (May 2011)

    • Gabr, H. & Sherif, N. “Pedestrian Use of Sidewalks and Streets in Cairo: Problems Identification and Improvement Strategies”, Submitted for publication International Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Research, Paris France, (July, 2012)

    •  Sherif, N. Wifi, M., “Psychological influences of Colors and Artificial Lighting on the Design of Interior Spaces”, Human Sciences Research International Congress, Paris France, (July 2012)

    • Sherif, N. H., "The Dilemma of Residential Compounds Design in Egypt," 39th International Association for Housing Science congress, Milano, Italy. (September 2013).

    • Sherif, N. H. & Hamdi,A., 39th International Association for Housing Science (IAHS) World Congress on Housing, "The Search for Identity within a Society in Transformation," Milano, Italy. (September 2013).

    • Sherif, N. H., Gabr, H., Shehata, L., Biennial IASTE conference, "Reconstructing Tradition in Contemporary Courtyard Houses in Egypt," Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (December 2014).

    • Sherif, N. H., El Zaafarany, N., International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, "A city in transformation, Cairo new Public Realm," Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (December 2014).

    • Sherif, N. & Gabr, H., “Effect of campus design on human needs and educational objectives”, submitted for presentation and publication in the International Conference on Environmental Psychology - IAPS, A Coruña, Spain (September 2017).

    •  Sherif, N., “The Dilemma of affordable Household Design and Users’ Preferences”, presented and published in the 56th IMCL Conference a Healthy City for ALL, Portland, Oregon, (June 2019).

    •  Gabr, H., Sherif, N., “Sidewalks and Streets in Cairo: Pedestrian Use, Behavioral Patterns and Design Strategies”, presented in the 56th IMCL Conference a Healthy City for ALL, Portland, Oregon, (June 2019).

    • Sherif,N. Amer, M., “An Integrative Approach towards a Child-Inclusive City Planning”, presented and published in the 56th IMCL Conference a Healthy City for ALL, Portland, Oregon, (June 2019).

    • Sherif, N.,” Nubian Authentic Culture now, between Commodification and Endurance”, paper accepted for presentation and publication at the The Euro-American Congress REHABEND 2020 on Construction Pathology, Rehabilitation Technology and Heritage Management, that was supposed to be held in Granada Spain March 2019, postponed to be virtually held in Sptember 2020.

    • Sherif, N.,” Nostalgia against Evolving Forms of Tradition and Heritage, The case of the Nubian Culture”, paper accepted for presentation and publication at the IASTE 2020: Virtual Traditions, the transience of tradition in changing geographies and global landscapes, 18th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, supposed to be held in September 3–6, 2020, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, postponed to April 2021.

Research Interest

Architectural Engineering, Interior Design, Human Needs in Architectural and urban design, Environmental psychology as related to Architectural and Urban design.