- Position: Professor and Chair
- Department: Department of Architecture
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherif Morad Abdelmohsen is a professor of digital media and design computing and the chair of the Department of Architecture. He is also the director of the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory (RFL), co-founder of the Educational Virtual Environment (EVE) Laboratory, and the chair of The American University in Cairo (AUC) Senate Curriculum Affairs Committee. He currently serves as President of the Arab Society for Computation in Architecture, Art, and Design (ASCAAD). He first joined AUC as a full-time assistant professor at the Department of Construction and Architectural Engineering in 2014, was promoted to associate professor in 2017, and was then tenured and promoted to professor at the Department of Architecture in 2023.
Abdelmohsen’s teaching responsibilities include developing the computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) curriculum, teaching courses related to parametric design, digital fabrication, and virtual reality, and leading and coordinating the Tectonics and Computational Design stream and its Senior level architectural design studios with other colleagues in the department.
Abdelmohsen received his PhD degree in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (2011), and participated in design computing research and teaching at both Carnegie Mellon University and Georgia Tech. He received his MSc and BSc degrees in architectural engineering from Ain Shams University in 2004 and 2000 respectively.
Abdelmohsen has over 80 articles and book chapters published in international peer-reviewed conferences and journals. He participated as PI, co-PI and team member in several funded research projects, amounting to a total of over $600,000. His recent research involves several topics, including the development of low-cost soft adaptive façade systems using hygroscopic properties of wood, automated post-occupancy space management using BIM and GIS, the design and fabrication of complex facades using robotic depositing and multi-point forming, and the design, fabrication and robotic assembly of thermally responsive parametric brick wall configurations. He has also supervised and examined more than 30 MSc and PhD students working in the area of CAAD.
At the professional level, Abdelmohsen has participated in award-winning international competitions and in designing architectural projects in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Italy, Germany and Egypt. He is co-founder and managing partner at UDAAR Engineering Consultancy and IT Solutions, an international company specialized in architecture, computational design research, and smart building management solutions. He is also recipient of the Emerald Literati Award (2022), honorary recipient of the Knowledge Application and Notion for Society (KANS) scientific competition (2018), and recipient of the Faculty Award of Merit for Best Doctoral Presentation (2012), Young Active Researcher Award for outstanding research activity (2013), and the ARCC/KING Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research (2009).
Shape shifting building façade skins using hygroscopic properties of wood
Digital fabrication and design-to-robotic production
Generative, parametric and algorithmic design
Building Information Modeling (BIM) and pre-occupancy evaluation
Space Layout Planning (SLP) and automated building review systems
Smart building management and automated facility management systems
Ambient Intelligence, physical computing and tangible interfaces
Interactive architecture and responsive systems in the built environment
Sketch understanding, problem solving, and analyzing design activity
Qualitative methods in design research
ARCH 473/3522 Digital Design Studio and Workshop (3 cr.)
ARCH 000/4939 Advanced Architectural Computing (3 cr.)
ARCH 000/4562 Vertical Design Studio B (5 cr.)
ARCH 000/4570 Senior Design Studio (5 cr.)
ARCH 491/4981 Senior Project (5 cr.)
ARCH 000/5221 Research Methods in Architecture (3 cr.)