Associate Professor
Department of Architecture
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Brief Biography

Sherif Abdelmohsen is associate professor of digital media and design computing in architecture at the Department of Architecture, which he joined in 2014, after having worked as an adjunct faculty member since 2012. His responsibilities include developing the computer aided architectural design (CAAD) curriculum within the department as well as managing the digital fabrication laboratory. He teaches design studios and courses related to parametric and generative design: ARCH 473/3522 "Digital Design Studio and Workshop", and ARCH 455/4558 Architectural Design Studio VIII - High Tech.

Abdelmohsen received his PhD degree in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011, and participated in design computing research and teaching at both Carnegie Mellon University and Georgia Tech. His PhD thesis topic involved studying the communication of design intent in BIM-enabled architectural practice through an ethnographic study of architectural and AEC firms. He received his MSc and BSc degrees in architectural engineering from Ain Shams University in 2004 and 2000 respectively.

Abdelmohsen has conducted intensive research in areas lying at the intersection of design cognition and design computing, including cognitive processes in design, responsive architecture, parametric and generative design, building information modeling (BIM) and automated building review systems. He has publications in international conferences and journals such as Advanced Engineering Informatics, Automation in Construction, International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems (IJPEDS), CAADFutures, DCC, ACADIA, CAADRIA, eCAADe, DRS, PLEA, IASDR, IBPSA, and ASCAAD. His current research involves a variety of topics, including the development of low-cost soft adaptive façade systems using hygroscopic properties of wood, the automated space planning and management of existing facilities using BIM and GIS technologies, and the design and fabrication of complex facades using robotic depositing and multi-point forming.

At the professional level, Abdelmohsen has participated in designing several architectural projects including residential buildings, commercial complexes, museums, and exhibitions in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Germany. He is also a BIM consultant and founder of KRAFT | Studio, and founder of UDAAR, an international company specialized in the efficient management of the built environment using state of the art technology. 


PhD in Architecture (2011)

School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

Recipient of Faculty Award of Merit for Best Doctoral Presentation (2010/2011)

MSc in Architecture (2004)

Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

BSc in Architecture (2000) (Honors)

Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Selected Publications

Abdelmohsen, S. and Tarabishy, S. (2017), "Optimized Design to Robotic Production: Integrating Multipoint Forming and Free Form Material Deposition in the Mass Customization of Double Curved Facades," accepted for publication, International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems (IJPEDS).

Abdelmohsen, S., Massoud, P., Tarabishy, S. and Hassab, A. (2017), "Rule-based versus Intuition-based Generative Design: An Inquiry into the Digital Chain Concept in Undergraduate Architectural Education," accepted for publication, International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems (IJPEDS).

Tarabieh, K. Abdelmohsen, S., Eldabaa, R., Gamal, A., El-Ghazi, Y. and Amer, M. (2017), "Parametric Investigation of Three Types of Brick Bonds for Thermal Performance in a Hot Arid Climate," accepted for publication, Passive Low Energy Architecture International Conference (PLEA 2017), Edinburgh, UK.

El-Zanfaly, D. and Abdelmohsen, S. (2017), "Imitation in Action: A Pedagogical Approach for Making Kinetic Structures," accepted for publication, 17th CAAD Futures 2017 International Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abdelmohsen S., Assem A., Tarabishy S., Ibrahim A. (2017), "A Heuristic Approach for the Automated Generation of Furniture Layout Schemes in Residential Spaces," In: Gero J. (eds) Design Computing and Cognition '16. Springer, Cham, pp 459-475. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44989-0_25.

Mansour, Y., Iscandar, M., Abdelmohsen, S. and Yassa, N. (2016), "Workplace Creativity between Theory and Practice," Middle East Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 4, 878-883, ISSN 2077-4613.

Abdelmohsen, S., Massoud, P. and Elshafei, A. (2016), "Using Tensegrity and Folding to Generate Soft Responsive Architectural Skins," proceedings of the 34th eCAADe International Conference, Oulu, Finland, Vol. 1, pp. 529-536.

Bakir, R. and Abdelmohsen, S. (2016), "Integrating Nanotechnology in the Design Process: An Ethnographic Study in Architectural Practice in Egypt," in P. Lloyd and E. Bohemia (Eds.): Future-Focused Thinking: proceedings of the Design Research Society (DRS 2016) 50th International Conference, Brighton, UK, Vol. 5, pp. 1971-1986.

Fathy, F., Mansour, Y., Sabry, H., Abdelmohsen, S. and Wagdy, A. (2015), "Cellular Automata for Efficient Daylighting Performance: Optimized Façade Treatment," in proceedings BS2015: 14th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Hyderabad, India, pp. 2705-2711.

Abdelmohsen, S. and Massoud, P. (2015), "Making Sense of those Batteries and Wires: Parametric Modeling between Emergence and Autonomy, in G. Celani," D.M. Sperling and J.M.S. Franco (Eds.): The Next City: proceedings of the 16th CAAD Futures 2015 International Conference, © Biblioteca Central Cesar Lattes 2015, Sao Paulo, Brazil, pp. 279-296.

Abdelmohsen, S. and Massoud, P. (2015), "Integrating Responsive and Kinetic Systems in the Design Studio: A Pedagogical Framework," in B. Martens, G. Wurzer, T. Grasl, W.E. Lorenz, and R. Schaffranek, (Eds.): Real Time: proceedings of the 33rd eCAADe Conference, Volume 2, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, pp. 71-80.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2014), "An Inquiry into Designing in Context using Generative Systems," International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Vol. 12, No. 4, 477-494.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2014), "A BIM-based Framework for Assessing Architectural Competition Entries," in E.M. Thompson (ed.), Fusion, proceedings of the 32ndEducation and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe International Conference (eCAADe 2014), Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Volume 2, pp. 473-483.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2014), "A BIM-based Framework for Outdoor Circulation Rule Checking," in Revista DeArquitectura, Académico Departamento de Urbanismo, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Chile, Chile, No. 26, pp. 20-28.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2013), "Reconfiguring Architectural Space using Generative Design and Digital Fabrication: A Project Based Course," in proceedings of XVII Congreso de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Grafica Digital (SIGRADI 2013), Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile, pp. 391-395.

Lee, J.-K., Lee, J., Jeong, Y.-S., Sheward, H., Sanguinetti, P., Abdelmohsen, S. & Eastman, C. (2012), "Development of Space Database for Automated Building Design Review Systems," Automation in Construction, Vol. 24, 203-212,

Abdelmohsen, S. (2012), "Communication of Design Intent in BIM-Enabled Architectural Practice: An Ethnographically Informed Analysis," Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP) GmbH & Co. KG, Saarbrücken, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-8473-7859-4.

Sanguinetti, P., Abdelmohsen, S., Lee, J.M., Lee, J.K., Sheward, H. & Eastman, C. (2012), "General System Architecture for BIM: An Integrated Approach for Design and Analysis," Advanced Engineering Informatics, Vol. 26, Issue 2, 317-333,

Abdelmohsen, S., Lee, J.-K. & Eastman, C. (2011), "Automated Cost Analysis of Concept Design BIM Models," in P. Leclercq, A. Heylighen, and G. Martin (eds.), Designing Together: CAAD Futures 2011, PUL, pp. 403-418.

Abdelmohsen, S. & Do, E. (2009), "Analyzing the Significance of Problem Solving Expertise and Computational Tool Proficiency in Design Ideation," in T. Tidafi and T. Dorta (eds.), Joining Languages, Cultures and Visions: CAAD Futures 2009, PUM, pp. 273 – 287.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2008), "Beijing National Aquatics Center," in C Eastman, P Teicholz, R Sacks and K Liston, BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors, Wiley, pp. 375 – 388.

Abdelmohsen, S. & Do, E. (2007), "Tracking Design Development through Decomposing Sketching Processes," in Proceedings of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2007), Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Hong Kong.

Sanguinetti, P. & Abdelmohsen, S. (2007), "On the Strategic Integration of Sketching and Parametric Modeling in Conceptual Design," in Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA 2007), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, pp. 242-249.

Abdelmohsen, S. & Do, E. (2007), "TangiCAD: Tangible Interface for Manipulating Architectural 3D Models," in proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2007), Nanjing, China, pp. 29-36.

Research Interests

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) and pre-occupancy evaluation 
  • Space Layout Planning (SLP) and automated building review systems
  • Generative, parametric and algorithmic design, and digital fabrication
  • Ambient Intelligence, physical computing and tangible interfaces
  • Interactive architecture and responsive systems in the built environment
  • Sketch understanding, problem solving, and analyzing design activity
  • Qualitative methods in design research