Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture
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Brief Biography

Sherif Goubran is an assistant professor of sustainable architecture in the department of architecture, School of Sciences and Engineering, at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where he joined as joined is as an instructor in Fall 2020. He completed his PhD at the Individualized Program (INDI) at Concordia University in 2021. His PhD research was funded by several prestigious grants and awards including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Before that, he completed a MASc in building engineering in 2016 with a focus on energy efficiency in commercial buildings. He holds a BS in architecture at AUC.

Goubran's research focus includes building sustainability and sustainability assessment, sustainability in architectural design and human approaches in design. Specifically, his work investigates the theory and practice of sustainability in the built environment, combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and explores the shift from incremental towards transformational design. He conducts interdisciplinary research within the fields of design, architecture, building engineering and real-estate finance. He is also involved in several sustainability committees and projects on the student as well as the administrative levels, as well as in the broader community.

  • Refereed Journal Papers

    Soulikias, A., Cucuzzella, C., Nizar F., Hazebi, M., & Goubran, S. (2021). We gain a lot…but what are we losing? A critical reflection on the implications of digital design technologies. Open House International, (ahead-of-print)

    Cucuzzella, C., Hazbei, M., & Goubran, S. (2021). Activating Data through Eco-Didactic Design in the Public Realm : Enabling Sustainable Development in Cities. Sustainability, 13(8), 4577. 

    Goubran, S., Cucuzzella, C., & Ouf, M. M. (2021). Eyes on the Goal! Exploring Interactive Artistic Real-Time Energy Interfaces for Target-Specific Actions in the Built Environment. Sustainability, 13(4), 1996. 

    Goubran, S. (2021). Sustainability in architectural design projects – a semiotic understanding. Social Semiotics, 31(4), 625–651.

    Goubran, S., Masson, T., & Walker, T. (2020). Diagnosing the local suitability of high-rise timber construction. Building Research & Information, 48(1), 101–123.

    Goubran, S. (2019). On the Role of Construction in Achieving the SDGs. Journal of Sustainability Research 1(2). doi:10.20900/jsr20190020

    Goubran, S., & Cucuzzella, C. (2019). Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals in Building Projects. Journal of Sustainability Research 1(2). doi: 10.20900/jsr20190005

    Cucuzzella, C., & Goubran, S. (2019). Infrastructure as a Deeply Integrated Sustainable Urban Project. Journal of Sustainability Research, 1(1). doi: 10.20900/jsr20190010

    Goubran, S.; Qi, D. (Darren), & Wang, L. (Leon). (2018). Airflow and energy simulations to assess energy savings from vestibules and air curtains. ASHRAE Transactions, 124 (Part 2), 79–91.

    Qi, D.; Goubran, S.; Wang, L. (Leon) L. L. & Zmeureanu, R. (2018). Parametric Study of Air Curtain Door Aerodynamics Performance Based on Experiments and Numerical Simulations. Building and Environment, 129, 65–73.

    Goubran, S.; Qi, D.; & Wang, L. (Leon). (2017). Assessing dynamic efficiency of air curtain in reducing whole building annual energy usage. Building Simulation, 10(4), 497–507.

    Goubran, S.; Qi, D.; Saleh, W. F. & Wang, L. (Leon). (2017). Comparing methods of modeling air infiltration through building entrances and their impact on building energy simulations. Energy and Buildings, 138, 579–590.

    Refereed Conference Papers

    Goubran, S.; Cucuzzella, C. & Ouf, M. (2021). Eco-Nudging: Interactive Digital Design to Solicit Immediate Energy Actions in The Built Space. In 9th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design, American University in Cairo, Online. 

    Soulikias, A., Cucuzzella, C., Nizar, F., Hazbei, M., & Goubran, S. (2021). We gain a lot… but what are we losing?: A critical exploration of the implications of digital design technologies on sustainable architecture, In 9th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design, American University in Cairo, Online.

    Goubran, S.; Cucuzzella, C. & Lee, B. (2019). Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support the design of buildings – A case study for the design of a Net-Zero Energy interpretation center for UQROP in Quebec, Canada. In EDRA 50: Sustainable Urban Environments Research, Design and Planning for the Next 50 Years. Brooklyn, USA.

    Cucuzzella, C.; Goubran, S.; & Kamel, M. S. (2017). “More than Waiting for the Bus” - Rethinking Sites Surrounding Bus Stops. In The 1st International Conference on Towards a Better Quality of Life (pp. 1–12). El Gouna, Red Sea Region - Egypt: Housing & Building National Research Center (HBRC).

    Cucuzzella, C.; Chupin, J.-P.; & Goubran, S. (2017). CoLLaboratoire: Activating Ecological Knowledge through Community Design Experiments. In Balance-Unbalance 2017 [A Sense of Place]. Plymouth, UK.

    Goubran, S.; Emond, G.; & Cucuzzella, C. (2017). Understanding Regional Sustainability in the Built Environment. In The 2nd ARTEM Organisational Creativity and Sustainability International Conference. Nancy, France.

    Goubran, S.; Qi, D.; Saleh, W. F.; Wang, L. (Leon), & Zmeureanu, R. (2016). Validation of Numerical Modeling of Airflow Infiltration through Building Entrance Doors. In eSim Building Performance Simulation Conference (pp. 351–358). Hamilton, ON.

    Qi, D.; Goubran, S.; Zmeureanu, R.; & Wang, L. (Leon). (2015). Effect of People on Infiltration of Building Entrance with Air Curtains. In ISHVAC-COBEE (p. 9). Tianjin, China.

    Goubran, S.; Qi, D.; & Wang, L. (Leon). (2015). Annual Energy Saving Impact of Air Curtains in Commercial Reference Buildings. In ISHVAC-COBEE (p. 8). Tianjin, China.

    Books and research notebooks

    Walker, T., & Mcgaughey, J. (2021). Innovations in Social Finance (T. Walker, J. McGaughey, S. Goubran, & N. Wagdy (eds.)). Springer International Publishing.

    Cucuzzella, C., & Goubran, S. (Eds.). (2020). Sustainable Architecture – Between Measurement and Meaning. Vernon Press.

    Walker, T., Sprung-Much, N., & Goubran, S. (Eds.). (2020). Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

    Cucuzzella, C., Hammond, C. I., Goubran, S., & Lalonde, C. (Eds.). (2019). Du Didactisme en Architecture / On Didacticism in Architecture. Cahiers de Recherche du LEAP (Vol. 3). Montreal, QC: Potential Architecture Books.

    Book chapters

    Walker, T., McGaughey, J., Goubran, S., & Wagdy, N. (2021). Expanding Our Understanding of Value Through Innovations in Social Finance. In T. Walker, J. McGaughey, S. Goubran, & N. Wagdy (Eds.), Innovations in Social Finance (pp. 310). Springer International Publishing.

    Dantas, M., Goubran, S., & Wagdy, N. (2021). Preserving sustainability: activating the ecological university through collective food practic. In W. L. Filho, A. L. Salvia, & E. Frankenberger (Eds.), Handbook on Teaching and Learning for Sustainable Development (pp. 418–434). Edward Elgar Publishing.

    Cucuzzella, C., & Goubran, S. (2020). Epilogue. In C. Cucuzzella & S. Goubran (Eds.), Sustainable Architecture – Between Measurement and Meaning (pp. 143–146). Vernon Press.

    Cucuzzella, C., & Goubran, S. (2020). Caught between measurement and meaning. In C. Cucuzzella & S. Goubran (Eds.), Sustainable Architecture – Between Measurement and Meaning (pp. 1–13). Vernon Press.

    Schwartz, T., & Goubran, S. (2020). An introduction to the current landscape: environmental policy and the economy. In T. Walker, N. Sprung-Much, & S. Goubran (Eds.), Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective (pp. 1–7). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

    Walker, T., & Goubran, S. (2020). Sustainable Real Estate: Transitioning Beyond Cost Savings. In D. M. Wasieleski & J. Weber (Eds.), Sustainability (Vol. 4, pp. 141-161). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited.

    Goubran, S., Emond, G., & Cucuzzella, C. (2020). Understanding Regional Sustainability in the Built Environment. In K.-P. Schulz & K. Mnisri (Eds.), Pathways to Connect Creativity and Sustainable Development (pp. 337–358). PUN – Éditions Universitaires de Lorraine.

    Goubran, S.; Masson, T. & Caycedo, M. (2019). Evolutions in Sustainability and Sustainable Real Estate. In T. Walker, C. Krosinsky, L. N. Hasan, & S. D. Kibsey (Eds.), Sustainable Real Estate (pp. 11–31). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan (registered under Springer Nature Switzerland AG).

    Professional and other research articles

    Goubran, S. (2020). Le Québec dans le concert canadien des prix de développement durable. ARQ: Architecture & Design Quebec. (in press – expected publication end of 2020)

    Goubran, S. (2019). Self-perception, determinism, didacticism. In C. Cucuzzella, C. I. Hammond, S. Goubran, & C. Lalonde (Eds.), Du Didactisme en Architecture / On Didacticism in Architecture (LEAP Research Notebook Vol. 3). Montreal, QC: Potential Architecture Books.

    Goubran, S. (2018). Architecture: A pluripotent stem field. In L. Martin & J. Lachance (Eds.), Du potentiel de l’hétéronomie et de l’autonomie en architecture / On the Potential of Heteronomy and Autonomy in Architecture(LEAP Research Notebook Vol. 2). Montreal, QC: Potential Architecture Books.

    Art and creative practice

    Conjecture – art installation: November 2018

    Making arts, marking politics (art residency and exposition): May to November 2018

    Faculty of Fine Arts– Concordia University

    The installation explores questions around vacancy in buildings. Part of the art residency that brought together the Alternative (Concordia’s political party-in-residence from Denmark) taking place at Expo 67 Canadian Pavilion (Parc Jean-Drapeau).

Research Interest
  • Sustainable design theory and practice
  • Sustainable building design, analysis and assessment
  • Public building and space design for sustainable development
  • Energy implications of infiltration in building envelopes
  • Airflow and energy simulation in buildings
  • PhD, Individualized Program, Fine Arts (Design, Building Engineering and Finance). Concordia University. Montreal (QC), Canada.
  • MASc Building Engineering (2016). Concordia University. Montreal (QC), Canada.
  • BS Architectural Engineering (2014). The American University in Cairo (AUC). Cairo Egypt