Tamer
ElKhouly

Position
Assistant Professor
Department
Department of Architecture

Profile

Brief Biography

Tamir El-Khouly is an assistant professor in architecture at the School of Sciences and Engineering at AUC. He holds a PhD in the built environment with a special focus on architectural design studies from the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London (UCL). He received his MSc and BSc in architecture engineering from Ain Shams University, building experience in teaching various disciplines for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He participated in extracurricular research with highly ranked institutes in the UK, such as the Space Syntax laboratory, Bartlett School of Architecture and the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London between 2007 and 2015, and Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London in 2017. His area of research focuses on design thinking and cognition, creativity and innovation, design computing and digitally mediated environments, descriptive and prescriptive models, BIM applications in architecture practice, parametric and generative design, syntactic methods, graph theory, linkography and network analysis. He has had publications in international conferences and symposia, chaired workshops and was invited as a key speaker in prestigious international venues.

He received an honorary nomination as a finalist for the Entrepreneurial Award, organized by Britain Embassy in Egypt and British Council, hosted by His Excellency HMA John Casson, Britain ambassador in Egypt in March 2017, and was shortlisted for the RIBA President's Award for Research 2016 for the best doctoral dissertation category, organized by the Royal Insitute of British Architects in October 2016.

Tamer has a varied enterprise in architectural design having contributed in various multi-disciplinary projects with British architectural firms in a variety of rewarding projects – i.e. Magistrates’ high courts, Westminster, London. He specializes in design concept development and detailing, BIM and technicalities. He is a national award-winning architect with a broad spectrum of knowledge in various architectural domains and awareness of the British and Egyptian building regulations.

He started his career as a project architect. Today, he leads TEK DESIGN LTD's international team for cross-boarder consultation, diligently creating and managing portfolios for multiple architectural sectors, and specializing in design conception, development and detailing, sustainability studies, environmental studies, and BIM adjustment and production.

He is a trainee in Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP and Continuous Professional Development.

Education 

PhD Doctorate of Philosophy in Architecture and the Built Environment

2015, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Faculty of Built Environment, University College London, UK

Thesis: Creative Discovery in Architectural Design Processes: An empirical study of procedural and contextual components

MSc ARCH Master of Science

2005, Cairo, Egypt

Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University (ASU)

Thesis: Images’ Significances in the Architecture of Contemporary Mosque

BSc ARCH Eng. Bachelor of Science (Honours)

2000, Cairo, Egypt

Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University (ASU)

84% Distinction with Honours - Ranked 2nd over 174 Students.

Publications

El-Khouly, T. (2015b) Insights into what it means to think and design as a creative architect. EU-Korea Conference On Science and Technology (Strasbourg: July, 25th, 2015)

El-Khouly, T (2015a) Creative Discovery in Architectural Design Processes: An empirical study of procedural and contextual components. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

El-Khouly, T. (2014b) Is Design a Hierarchical or a Transformative Process? EU-Korea Conference On Science and Technology (Vienna: July, 25th, 2014)

El-Khouly, T (2014a) Is Design 'Hierarchical' or 'Transformative' Process? The Bartlett PhD Conference 2014.

El-Khouly, T and Penn, A (2013) Directed Linkography and Syntactic Analysis: Comparing Synchronous and Diachronic Effects of Sudden Emergence of Creative Insights on the Structure of the Design Process. In Proceedings of 9th Space Syntax Symposium (SSS9 2013), Soul, Korea, 31 Oct ~ 3 Nov 2013.

El-Khouly, T (2013) The structure of reasoning and emergence of creative insights in architectural design process. In digital proceedings of the Fifth International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2013), Tokyo, Japan, 26-30 August 2013. 

El-Khouly, T and Penn, A (2012b) On An Integrated Analytical Approach to Describe Quality Design Process in Light of Deterministic Information Theory. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC’12), College Station – Texas, 5-9 June, 2012.

El-Khouly, T and Penn, A (2012a) Order, Structure and Disorder in Space Syntax and Linkography: Intelligibility, Entropy, and Complexity Measures. In Proceedings of 8th Space Syntax Symposium, Santiago De Chile, (SSS8 2012), pp. 8242:1 – 22.

El-Khouly, T. (2012) Studying the Design Process: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. The Fifth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition DCC’12 (Texas:  June, 6th 2012)

El-Khouly, T and Dalton, R C (2010) Mind & Drawing: The Mutual Effect of Internal & External Cognitive Structures on Architecture Problem Solving Process. A Poster in the 4th Conference of Design Computing and Cognition, (DCC 2010), Stuttgart.

Abdelmohsen, S & El-Khouly, T (2009) Representing Reflective Practice in a Remote Design Collaboration Process. In digital proceedings of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2009), COEX, Seoul, Korea, pp. 1317 – 1326.

El-Khouly, T (2009) Examining the Effect of Reflective Practice On the Ability to Overcome Fixation Effects in a Remotely-Located Collaborative Design Process. Un-published Pilot Study, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL.

El-Khouly, T. (2008) Algorithmic Architecture of the SON-O-House by NOX. Un-published Pilot Study, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London UCL.

El-Khouly, T. (2008) Embodiment to form a model of Human Computer Interaction. Un-published Pilot Study, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London UCL.

El-Khouly, T. (2008) Physical Interactivity as a Design Process in order to consider Human Behaviour in a particular Space. Un-published Pilot Study, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London UCL.

El-Khouly, T. (2005) Image’s Significance in Contemporary Architecture. Un-published MSc Thesis, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.