Bahia Shehab


Professor of Practice
Department of the Arts


Brief Biography

Bahia Shehab is a professor of practice in design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo, where she developed a full design curriculum mainly focused on the visual culture of the Arab world. She has taught over 16 courses on the topic. She frequently lectures internationally on Arab visual culture and design, design education and curriculum development, Islamic cultural heritage, and her art practice. Her artwork has been on display in exhibitions, galleries, and streets internationally and has received several international recognition and awards. She is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. The documentary Nefertiti's Daughters featuring her street artwork during the Egyptian uprising was released in 2015. She is the founding director of TypeLab@AUC. Her latest publications include You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution and the award winning co-authored book A History of Arab Graphic Design.

    Research Interest
    • Arabic Typography and Calligraphy
    • History of Arab Graphic Design and Visual Culture
    • Design Education and Curriculum Development
    • Arab Art and Politics
    • Arab and Islamic Cultural Heritage
    • PhD, Modern Arab Art, Leiden University, The Netherlands (2019) 
    • MA, Islamic Art and Architecture, American University in Cairo, Egypt (2009) 
    • BGD, Graphic Design, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1999)