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Brief Biography

Hisham S. Gabr is a professor of architecture in the Department of Architecture of the School of Sciences and Engineering at Thee American University in Cairo. He is currently on leave from the Department of Architecture at the College of Engineering of Cairo University.

Gabr has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in the United States (1993). He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Cairo University in 1982 and 1988 respectively.

His academic and teaching career has been stationed mainly in Cairo University with part-time and full-time teaching positions over the years in other distinguished institutions such as Kansas State University, The United Arab Emirates University, MSA University and The American University in Cairo. Gabr has been an adjunct professor in the AUC since 2011 and has been regularly teaching graduation project studios and thesis. His is currently coordinating the graduation project thesis 2.

Gabr’s research interests and experiences has covered several specialized areas under the broad studies of the interrelationships between human behavior and architecture. Specific research interests included tourism and waterfront development, cultural and heritage issues, architectural aesthetics and post occupancy evaluation.

Gabr has also been involved extensively in academic and professional committees serving the university, the community locally and internationally.


  • PhD in architecture from the Department of Architecture, SARUP, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA (1993)
  • MSc in architecture from the Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt (1988)
  • BSc in in architecture from the Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt (1982)

Selected Publications 

Darwish, N.; Gabr, H., Shehayeb, D. (2016). Where do Cairene Children Walk to Primary School? Procedia Environmental Sciences, 34, 411-422. Elsevier.

Gabr, Hisham S., Ibraheem, Mostafa A-Y., Negmeldin, Noha (2016). Representing Tourism Heritage Abroad: New Life or No Life? Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage. Publication of the International Conference for Cultural Heritage. Taipei, Taiwan.

Gabr, H. S., Sherif, N., & Shehata, L. (2014). Reconstructing Tradition in Contemporary Courtyard Houses in Egypt. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series, Vol. 265, 1-20, Traditions of Dwellings. Publication of the Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), Whose Tradition? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. June-2016

Gabr, H. S., Ibrahim, S., & AlSadaty, A. (2012). Nostalgia and Attitudes towards Conservation and Reuse of the Historical Palaces of Mohammed Ali's Family in Egypt. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series, Vol. 246, 1-19, Regeneration, Preservation, and the Myth of Heritage. Publication of the Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), The Myth of Tradition. Portland, OR, USA.

Gabr, H. (2004). Perception of urban waterfront aesthetics along the Nile in Cairo, Egypt. Coastal Management, 32 (2), 155-171

Gabr, H. (2004). Attitudes of residents and tourists towards the use of urban historic sites for festival events. Event Management, 8 (4), 231-242

    Research Interest

    General Research Interest

    • Architecture and Human Behavior
    • Using environmental design research, this field of study deals with the interrelationships between people and their environment with a mission of creating better environments that are responsive to human needs. Architecture refers to the natural and built environments together with the fields of urban design, interior architecture, landscape and urban planning. Human behavior includes a wide range of subjects and issues of particular interest to me are environmental aesthetics, environmental evaluation, visual perception, and cultural aspects in design

    Specific Research Interests

    • Tourist and Waterfront Environments
    • Architecture and Urban Aesthetics
    • Post Occupancy Evaluation
    • Cultural, heritage, and human issues in design