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Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture


Brief Biography

Khaled Aly Tarabieh is an assistant professor at The American University in Cairo. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering from Alexandria University, and both a master's in city planning (MCP) and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S., with a specialization in the planning of energy efficient urban environments, high performance building design, certification and assessment. Prior to joining AUC, he worked as an assistant professor of sustainable design at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, as well as an adjunct professor at Drexel University. He served as the technical adviser for the development of the energy section for the new STAR rating system with AASHE, a co-founder of the Egyptian Green Building Council (EGGBC), and was a member of the T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he took part in the development of the Qatari Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) in Qatar. 

He is a LEED-accredited professional and initiator of the LEED lab at AUC collaboration with the United States Green Building Council and a QSAS-certified green professional with expertise in green buildings design, construction and assessment using different types of rating systems. He was selected as one of 21 emerging leaders from the Delaware Valley Region (PA-NJ-DL) for a prestigious year-long fellowship program, the Environmental Leadership Program, aimed at enhancing the capacity of the environmental movement. In addition to his academic work, he has developed 20 years of experience as a professional architect and project manager in the U.S. and served as the director of project management for real estate services for the University of Pennsylvania, where he managed a portfolio of healthcare, office and residential projects. He offers consultations to several professional firms in Egypt and the Gulf region, and provides professional training and support in the areas of LEED and BREEAM certification, green building design and sustainable urban planning.

At AUC, he teaches the sustainability in the architectural design core studio and advises the thesis I graduation project studio. He is the primary contact and is responsible for the operation of the Building Sciences Lab, and currently conducts research on the thermal performance of building envelope materials for residential buildings in Egypt and the assessment of its ecological impact, an adviser and developer of the University carbon footprint report in collaboration with the sustainability office as well as the chair of Library and Learning Technologies, and is an active member in both the campus wide energy and carbon committees.


  • Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning (2009). School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – USA.
  • Master of City Planning (2000). School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – USA.
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Architecture (1994). Architectural Engineering Department, Alexandria University - Egypt.

Selected Publications/Creative Work 

  • Tarabieh, K., Aly M., and Kazamel, M. “Teaching Energy Simulation in the Architectural Design Studio: An Experimental Approach.” Paper presented at the Building Simulation Cairo 2013 - Towards Sustainable & Green Built Environment, June 23 - 24, 2013, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Aly M., Tarabieh, K., Bauriedel, C., and Kazamel, M. “Towards the Development of Energy Efficient Compact House: The Solar Decathlon SLIDE-S Prototype – Wall System design.” Paper presented at the Building Simulation Cairo 2013 - Towards Sustainable & Green Built Environment, June 23 - 24, 2013, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Tarabieh, K. and Khorshed, M. “Development of a Performance Based Evaluation Method for Carbon Management of Existing Building in Egypt.” In proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Buildings (SB13) held in Graz, Austria 2013, September 25 - 28, 2013.
  • Mokhtar, M., Gabr, M. and Tarabieh, K.” Impact of Urban Landscape on City Environment – A GIS Based Study on Urban Plants” In proceedings of the 40th, Annual Conference Association of Egyptian American Scholars, held at AASTMT in Alexandria Egypt, Dec 28 – Dec 30, 2013.
  • El Naggar, H., G. Mossad and K. Tarabieh (2013). "Barrier free environment: a case study to evaluate Misr railway station for accessibility." WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment 179: 1237-1248.
  • Tarabieh, K., Elnabarawy, I., Mashaly, I., and Rashed, Y. (2015) The Power of Data Visualization: A Prototype Energy Performance Map for a University Campus. Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems: pp. 194-203. ISBN (PDF): 978-0-7844-7968-1. Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Tarabieh, K., and Toregas, C. "EcoCities in Challenging Environments - Taking the vision forward" Co-Editors of the EcoCities World Summit conference proceedings held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11-13 October, 2015 - ISBN 978-9948-18-687-8 (379 Pages)
  • Wagdy, D., M. AbouZeid and K.Tarabieh (2015). “Materials Selection for Improved Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings: a Pre-occupancy Assessment.” In Proceedings of the 31th International PLEA Conference ARCHITECTURE IN (R)EVOLUTION, Bologna 9-11 September 2015.
  • Aladassy, A., G. Mosaad and K. Tarabieh (2016). "Towards optimum energy performance measures for existing hotels in Egypt." WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment 201: 189-200.
  • Darwish, N., G. Mossad, and K. Tarabieh. "A Proposed Rating System For: Touristic Communities In Egypt." International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, Volume 11.3 (2016): 396-406.
  • Hosny, O., D. ElKhayam, K. Nassar, K. Tarabieh, S. Zahran and M. Amer (2017). Project Sustainable and Environmental Friendly Optimizer For Urban Landscaping (SEOUL). 3rd Energy for Sustainability International Conference, Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction Sciences. Medira, Portugal.
  • Tarabieh, K. and A. Aboul-Magd (2017). A Comparative Analysis for Three Residential Wall Insulation Systems in Hot-arid Climate Using Simulation tools and Experimental Testing. Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) 2017 Conference, Oklahoma, USA.
  • Al-Badry,S., Sweillam,H. and Tarabieh,K. “Achieving Net zero-Energy Buildings through Retrofitting Existing Residential Buildings Using PV Panels.” Energy Procedia, Volume 115 (2017): 195-204.
  • Tarabieh, K., S. Abdelmohsen, Y. Elghazi, R. El-Dabaa, A. Hassan and M. Amer (2017). Parametric Investigation of Three Types of Brick Bonds for Thermal Performance in a Hot Arid Climate Zone. In Proceedings of the 32nd International PLEA Conference DESIGN TO THRIVE, Edinburgh 3-5 July, 2017.

  • Tarabieh, K., I. Mashaly and Y. Rashed (2017). A Comparative Study for the Selection of a Curtain Wall Glazing type Suitable in a Regional Hot Arid Climate Condition. In Proceedings of the 32nd International PLEA Conference DESIGN TO THRIVE, Edinburgh 3-5 July, 2017.

Research/Teaching Interests

  • Thermal performance of building envelope materials for residential buildings in Egypt
  • Internet of things (IOT) Prototype development for smart building systems
  • Development of thermally efficient, light and cost effective building materials for Agile buildings
  • Carbon offsets and footprint accounting for educational buildings