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Associate Professor
Department of Architecture
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Brief Biography

Khaled Aly Tarabieh is an associate professor at The American University in Cairo and the associate chair of the Architecture Department. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in architectural engineering from Alexandria University, and both a master's in city planning (MCP) and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, 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 and active member of the Egyptian Green Building Council (EGGBC), and former affiliate with 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, 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 25years 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, EDGE and BREEAM certification, green building design and sustainable urban planning.

At AUC, he teaches sustainability in the architectural design core studio, Professional Practice, Design Management and Codes and serves as a frequent adviser to the graduation project studio. He is the primary contact and is responsible for the operation of the Building Sciences Lab – The Sustainable Design Group, 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 bi-annual 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.

    • Selected Publications in ranked journals

      • Tarabieh, K., Nassar, K. & Sharkass, M. (2020). A Comparative Computational Study of the Thermal Performance of Plastic Bottle Wall against Traditional Composite Brick Wall Typologies, Buildings (Forthcoming – in preparation)
      • Fadel, C., & Tarabieh, K. (2019). Development of an Industrial Environmental Index to Assess the Sustainability of Industrial Solvent-Based Processes. Resources, 8(2), 115. <https://doi.org/10.3390/resources8020115>
      • Tarabieh, K., Nassar, K., Abdel-Rahman, M. & Mashaly, I. (2019), Statics of space syntax: Analysis of daylighting, Frontiers of Architectural Research. <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foar.2019.05.004>
      • Tarabieh, K., & Aboulmagd, A. (2019). Thermal performance evaluation of common exterior residential wall types in Egypt. Buildings, 9(4). <https://doi:10.3390/buildings9040095>
      • Tarabieh, K., & Khorshed, M. (2019). Optimizing evaluation methods for the embodied energy and carbon management of existing buildings in Egypt. Buildings, 9(4). <https://doi:10.3390/buildings9040090>
      • Tarabieh, K., Nassar, K., Abu-Obied, N., & Malkawi, F. (2018). The statics of space syntax: Analysis for stationary observers. Archnet-IJAR, 12(1), 280-306. <https://doi:10.26687/archnet-ijar.v12i1.1282>
      • Wagdi, D., Tarabieh, K., & Zeid, M. N. A. (2018). Indoor air quality index for preoccupancy assessment. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, 11(4), 445-458. https://doi:10.1007/s11869-018-0551-y
      • Hosny, O. A., Dorra, E. M., Tarabieh, K. A., Nassar, K. A., Zahran, S., Amer, M., & Ibrahim, A. (2018). Development of an automated optimizer for sustainable urban landscape design. Automation in Construction, 94, 93-103. <https://doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2018.05.031>
      • Darwish, N., Mosaad, G., & Tarabieh, K. (2016). A proposed rating system for: Touristic communities in Egypt. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 11(3), 396-406. <https://doi:10.2495/SDP-V11-N3-396-406>

      Selected list of Indexed Conference Publications

      • Abdelmohsen, S., Tarabieh, K., El-Dabaa, R. B., Hassan, A. G., Elghazi, Y. S., & Salem, I. (2019). Coupling Parametric Design and Robotic Assembly Simulation to Generate Thermally Responsive Brick Walls. Building Simulation 2019. International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Rome, Italy, September 2-4, 2019.
      • Tarabieh, K., & ElBegermy, N. (2019). Measuring the Effectiveness of Simulation-Based Education in the Performance-Based Design Studio. Building Simulation 2019. International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Rome, Italy, September 2-4, 2019.
      • Wagdi, D.; Tarabieh, K., & P. Grant. “Optimizing Indoor Environmental Quality in Hot Arid Climates”. The 10th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation, IQVAC 2019. Bari, Italy, September 5-7, 2019.
      • 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.
      • Albadry, S., Tarabieh, K., & Sewilam, H. (2017). Achieving net zero-energy buildings through retrofitting existing residential buildings using PV panels. Paper presented at the Energy Procedia, 115 195-204. <https://doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2017.05.018>
      • Tarabieh, K., Elnabarawy, I. O., Mashaly, I. A., & Rashed, Y. M. (2015). The power of data visualization: A prototype energy performance map for a university campus. The Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems - Selected Papers from the 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems, 194-203. <https://doi:10.1061/9780784479681.021>
      • El Naggar, H., Mossad, G., & Tarabieh, K. (2013). Barrier free environment: A case study to evaluate misr railway station for accessibility. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, 179 Vol 2, 1237-1248. <https://doi:10.2495/SC131052>
      • Tarabieh, K., & Malkawi, A. M. (2007). Building an urban energy performance framework: Integrating spatial analysis and building simulation tools for campus planning. Paper presented at the IBPSA 2007 - International Building Performance Simulation Association.<http://www.ibpsa.org/proceedings/BS2007/p686_final.pdf>

      Book Chapters and Reports

      • Khorshid, M., Tarabieh, K., & Vale, L., (2018), "Cairo’s New Administrative Capital “Wedian City”: A Necessity or Repeated History?”, in Cairo Desert Cities, (M. Angelil, C. Malterre-barthes Eds, Eds.), Berlin, Germany: Ruby Press, 418. <http://www.ideabooks.nl/9783944074238-cairo-desert-cities>
      • The AUC Carbon Footprint Report - Centennial Edition, 2019. By Yasmine Mansour, Khaled Tarabieh, Mirette Khoshid and Brendon Rothrock. The American University of Cairo. Published April 2019 and Available at: <https://documents.aucegypt.edu/Docs/about_sustainability/CFP_AY19_Report.pdf>
    Research Interest
    • 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
    • Development of smart façade architecture
    • Carbon offsets and footprint accounting for educational buildings
    • 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.