Magda
Mostafa

Position
Associate Professor
Department
Department of Architecture

Profile

Brief Biography

Magda Mostafa is an associate professor of design and associate chair of the Department of Architecture at The American University in Cairo (AUC) as well as a design associate at Progressive Architects. In addition to teaching at AUC, where she helped set up the school’s first architecture program as well as graduate the first cohort of students during the Arab Spring uprising of 2011, she is the co-director of the UNESCO-UIA Architectural Education Commission and co-reporter of their Validation Council. The council helps shape architectural education policy world-wide, and Mostafa is focused particularly on agendas to legitimize and require the study of alternative, parallel practices of architecture in educational institutions. Her work has ranged widely from private architectural practice to consultancy for public and private sector projects and educational institutions in Egypt, the Middle East, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. 

Mostafa has a special interest in architectural design for children with special needs and sensory challenges; with a focus on autism. She is the author of the world's first set of evidence-based autism design guidelines, Autism ASPECTSS™, which was trademarked in 2013 and recently presented at the United Nations as a framework for international autism design policy. It was awarded the UIA International Research Award in 2014. She consults globally and has shaped autism projects in Europe, the United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Resources and information about her work can be found at www.autism.archi.

Her recent TedTalk  

She has also developed a focus on the role of informal design practice in shaping today’s cities. Her most recent research is on the Juxtopolis© Pedagogy: which is a studio based research/design methodology that addresses the city as a series of layers and design as a process of navigation amongst, as opposed to imposition upon, those layers - using Cairo as a case study for that methodology. The Juxtopolis© Pedagogy's resultant work has been presented and exhibited worldwide, including at Columbia University's GSAPP; the Young Architects International program in Antalya (YAIA); the International Union of Architect's World Congress in Durban, South Africa; and most recently at the 2016 Venice Biennale. It is also an integral part of AUC's Cairo in the Curriculum program. She is co-author of the book "Learning from Cairo" and her Juxtopolis Pedagogy was recently featured in Columbia University's book series on Architecture and the City "The Arab City: Architecture and Representation" edited by Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi.

Publications

Scholarly Books

  • Mostafa, M., Stryker B., and Nagati O, Learning from Cairo: Global Perspectives and Future    Visions, Cairo, Egypt, Ford Foundation, (2013)
  • Mostafa, M. (accepted for publication), An Architecture for Autism Chicago Ill., Common Ground Publishing, (pending publication date)

Expert Essays in Books

  • Mostafa, M., “An Architecture for Autism” in Environmental Psychology for Design, 2nd edition, Kopec D. (author), New York: Fairchild Publishing, (2012)

Symposium Books and E-books

Refereed Journal Articles 

  • Mostafa, M., (accepted for publication, 2014), "An Architecture for Autism: Built Environment Performance in Accordance to the Autism ASPECTSS™ Design Index," The International Journal of Design in Society
  • Mostafa, M. (2014), "From Freedom of Expression to Expression of Freedom: Responding to Socio-Political Change in the Classroom," Journal of Education in the Built Environment, 9 (1), 35-47.
  • Mostafa, M. (2014) "An Architecture for Autism: Application of the Autism ASPECTSS™ Design Index to Home Environments," The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, 4 (2), 25-38.
  • Mostafa, M. (2014), "Architecture for Autism: Autism ASPECTSS™ in School Design," The International Journal of Architectural Research, 8 (1), 143-158.
  • Mostafa, M.   (2011), "Inspiration vs. Plagiarism: Academic Integrity in Architectural Education," International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Common Ground Publishing, 1 (3), 85-100.
  • Mostafa, M.   and H. Mostafa (2010), "How do Architects Think? Learning Styles and Architectural Education," International Journal of Architectural Research (IJAR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ArchNet, 4, 310-317
  • Nassar, K., M., Mostafa, and A. Rifki (2010), "Visualization Skills for the New Architectural Forms," International Journal of Architectural Research (IJAR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ArchNet, 4, 346-358
  • Mostafa, M.   (2010), "Housing Adaptation for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder," Open House International, Urban International Press, 35 (1), 37-48
  • Mostafa, M.   (2008), "An Architecture for Autism: Concepts of Design Intervention for the Autistic User," International Journal of Architectural Research (IJAR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ArchNet, 2 (1), 189-211
  • Mostafa, M.   (2008), "Thinking Outside the Box- Addressing and Enhancing Visual/Spatial and Active Learning in Architectural Education," The International Journal of Design Principles and Practices, Common Ground Publishing, 2 (1), 113-120

Editorials in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Mostafa, M.(2013), "Editorial: Expanding Normal: Towards a More Inclusive Approach to Designing the Built Environment," Open House International, Urban International Press, 38, 4-7, Gateshead, Great Britain.

Articles in Non-peer Reviewed Journals and Professional Magazines

  • Mostafa, M. (October, 2006), "Viewpoint: Enabling Architecture," Communication Magazine, The National Autistic Society, 38, (Miranda Kemp, Ed.), London, United Kingdom
  • Mostafa, M. (April 14, 2014), "Learning from Cairo: What Informal Settlements Can (and Should) Teach Us," ArchDaily, USA

Technical Reports

  • Mostafa, M. (2009), The House of Arts and Culture Lebanese-Omani Center International Architectural Competition Jury Report, 13. 
  • Mostafa, M. (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2006), "Viewpoint: Enabling Architecture", Communication Magazine, The National Autistic Society, 38, (Miranda Kemp, Ed.), London, United Kingdom: Communication Magazine, The National Autistic Society.
  • Mostafa, M., Sherif, A. H., Sherif, N. H., Supreme Council of Universities Accreditation Report, Architectural Engineering Program, AUC, 341.
  • Mostafa, M., UIA International Union of Architects Validation Report, Architectural Engineering Program at the American University in Cairo, 377.
Research Interest
  • Special needs and inclusive design
  • Design pedagogy