Assistant Professor and Chair
Department of the Arts


Brief Biography

Nawar is an artist, designer and researcher who currently lives and works in Cairo. He is Assistant Professor and Director of the Graphic Design program, Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo. Also, the founder and director of the Cairotronica, Cairo Electronic, and New Media Arts Festival. 

Nawar received his PhD from the Planetary Collegium, Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts, School of Art and Media, University of Plymouth. He holds a Masters of Advanced Studies ZFH in Spatial Design, Institute of Design and Technology, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland and an MFA in New Media and BFA in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo, Egypt. He is a Fulbright alumni.

Since 1999, he has participated in several international exhibitions, biennales, and triennials, the latest of which was Venice Biennial in 2015.

Nawar won awards and acquisitions nationally and internationally in Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Portugal, Kuwait, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Syria, UAE and the United States.


2011 - 2015: Ph.D. Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts (CAiiA Hub)
The Planetary Collegium, Faculty of Arts, School of Art & Media, Plymouth University, United Kingdom.

2007 - 2009: Master’s of Advanced Studies ZFH in Spatial Design, 
Institute of Design & Technology, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.

2004 - 2007: Master’s of Fine Arts in New Media Design, Faculty of Fine Arts,
Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

1995 - 2000: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Printmaking, Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

Selected Publications

2016 - Elsrakbi, G., Nawar, H., "Arabic Calligraphy of Downtown Cairo: From Holy to Vernacular", Khotout West ElBalad, J. Walter Thompson, Cairo, 2016, pp 22-53.

2014 - Borysevicz, M., Bing, X., Nawar, H., "Cross-cultural shift: from alphabets to pictographs", The book about Xu Bing’s Book from the ground, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2014, pp 55-63.

2013 - Nawar, H., Gabr, H., "Multicultural/Cross-Cultural Emotional Design:” The Usage of Pictographs to Design Emotional Interactive Environments, Universal access in human-computer interaction, UAHCI 2013, Springer, Volume 8010, pp 383-393

2012 - Nawar, H., Multilingualism, visual integration, and transculturalism, Technoetic Arts 10 (2-3), 239-246.

2012 - Nawar, H., Multicultural transposition: From alphabets to pictographs, towards semantographic communication, Technoetic Arts 10 (1), 59-68.

Research Interests

Transcultural communication

Visual communication

Multilingual Typography

Arabic Type Design

Generative Design

Awards and Honorary Degrees

2016 - Khotout West ElBalad Project Awards:
Silver Lion for Design in Cannes Lions, International Festival of Creativity, France. 
Graphite Pencil for typefaces (Nefertari typeface) in D&AD, London, England.
Gold in Direct and Interactive in Dubai Lynx 2016, Dubai, UAE.
2011 > 2012 Fulbright Egyptian Student Program (SVA) School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.
2008 - Venice Architecture Biennale “Urban design Competition, EVERYVILLE”, Shortlist, Venice, Italy.

Services and memberships 

2016 Member, Nomination Committee, (New Media Art) Prince Claus Awards, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development (PCF), Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2015, 2016 Jury Member, Granshan International Competition for Non-Latin Type Design.

2014, 2015, 2016 Jury Member, Selection Committee, Reviewer, for the Egyptian Student Program, Binational Fullbright Commission in Egypt.

2014 Jury member in the 25thYouth Saloon, Ministry of Culture, Egypt.

Member in ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) USA.