Sherif Goubran


Department of Architecture


Brief Biography

Sherif Goubran joined the American University in Cairo as an instructor in the department of Architecture (School of Sciences and Engineering) in 2020. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Individualized Program (INDI) at Concordia University – expected to receive his degree by Spring 2021. His PhD project, which investigates the alignment between sustainable building practices and sustainable development goals (SDGs), was funded by several prestigious grants and awards including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Goubran completed a MASc in building engineering in 2016 with a focus on energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Before that, he completed a BSc in Architecture at the American University in Cairo.

Sherif is an interdisciplinary scholar with a strong publication record in architecture, design, engineering, finance, and business. His research investigates the theory and practice of sustainability in the built environment and seeks to combine qualitative and quantitative methodologies. He explores the shift from incremental towards transformational sustainable design in his research and teaching. Goubran is affiliated with a number of research laboratories, centers, and groups in Canada.

    • Goubran, S. (2019). Sustainability in architectural design projects – a semiotic understanding. Social Semiotics. doi: 10.1080/10350330.2019.1681062
    • 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
    • Goubran, S., Masson, T., & Walker, T. (2019). Diagnosing the local suitability of high-rise timber construction. Building Research & Information, 48(1),101–123.
    • 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.
    • 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. & 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.
    • 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.
    • 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

    • 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.
    • Walker, T; Sprung-Much, N; Goubran, S. (eds.). Environmental Policy - An Economic Perspective. Wiley Blackwell (In press)
    • Cucuzzella, C.; Goubran, S. (eds.). Sustainable Architecture – Between measurement and meaning. Vernon Press. (Pending publication date)

    Book chapters

    • 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.; 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).
    • 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. (in the press – expected publication end of 2020)

    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 the 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 candidate (expected degree conferral date: June 2021), Individualized Program (Design, Building Engineering and Finance). Concordia University. Montreal (QC), Canada.
  • MASc Building Engineering (2016). Concordia University. Montreal (QC), Canada.
  • BSc Architectural Engineering (2014). The American University in Cairo (AUC). Cairo Egypt