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Project Research Team

Dr. Heba Eihab Elsharkawy
Principal Investigator BC-SDBE

Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, London, UK

Prof. Hassan Abdalla
Deputy Principal Investigator BC-SDBE

Dean, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, London, UK

Dr. Sahar Zahiri
Research Associate BC-SDBE

Research Associate, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, London, UK

Prof. Mostafa Refat Ismail
Egyptian Team Leader BC-SDBE

Vice Director-for Coordination and Academic Advising Unit, Head Environmental Architecture and Urbanism Programme
Department of Architecture Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Prof. Ayman Ashour
Egyptian Team Deputy Leader BC-SDBE

Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Mr Jack Clough
Research Associate BC-SDBE

Sustainability Research Institute, University of East London, UK

Project Collaborators

Prof. Ashraf Salama

Head of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

Dr. David Grierson

Deputy Head of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

Dr. Farzad Pour Rahimian Leilabadi

Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Strathclyde

Institutional Partners

University of East London

The School of Architecture, Computing and Civil Engineering (ACE) at the University of East London (UEL) is extending its experience and expertise in sustainability education and training in the Middle East. The ACE, UEL as the Grant Holder of the project will be legally responsible for the contract and managing the grant on behalf of the institutional links. It will ensure the audits are undertaken and reports generated promptly. Its researchers and academics will be involved in administration, monitoring, evaluation and assessment activities.

School of ACE, UEL is mainly responsible for achieving BC-SDBE project milestones and deliverables by chairing the project Steering Committee. School of ACE, UEL works in partnership with the main Egyptian partner (Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University) to outline the detailed project work plan, milestones and deliverables for the duration of the project besides help develop sustainability and exit plans for the project. School of ACE, UEL will organise the first and second project annual conferences that would aim to engage stakeholders, disseminate the BC-SDBE programmes and research deliverables. It will also be leading on the research publications processes.

Ain Shams University

Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University as the partner institution in Egypt supports the BC-SDBE project by facilitating all necessary resources and services. It will assign the premises for setting up the BC-SDBE research and lab facilities, training venues, researcher office facilities, etc and provide resources to support the successful achievement of the project deliverables and outputs. As the FoE, ASU comprises 11 engineering disciplines, through interdisciplinary consultations with relevant disciplines integrated research proposals will inform the BC-SDBE project research activities. FoE, ASU leads on running stakeholders consultations and seminars to feed into the research and training framework by arranging events and facilitating the venue. It will ensure the research and training impacts are published locally as well as internationally. Together with ACE, UEL it will outline the detailed project work plan, milestones and deliverables for the duration of the project besides developing sustainability and exit plans for the continuation of the project. Achieving BC-SDBE project milestones and deliverables will be the joint responsibility of both UK and Egypt main partner institutions.

University of Strathcylde

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological University located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city. Our commitment to useful learning guides our research, our learning and teaching and the way we work with businesses and organisations. Ranked 8th in the UK in the Complete University Guide, the Department of Architecture is one of the world leading providers of education and research in sustainable architecture and urban design. Integrating practice and research into a responsive learning process, our mission addresses the trans-disciplinary nature of architecture where the integration of historical, cultural and technology studies into architecture and urban design projects is an important imperative. Our research in architecture and the built environment is at the forefront of higher education in Scotland and the UK. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 results revealed that more than 40% of our research is rated as world class (4*). Three research clusters within the Department are collaborating in the SD-BE project: CRAUCGS: Cluster for Research in Architecture and Urbanism of Cities in the Global South, CRiDS: Cluster for Research in Design and Sustainability, and ICT-BIM: Innovation in Construction Technology and Building Information Management. Expertise from these clusters will contribute to the delivery of various training programmes and workshop session.


British Council

This project is funded by the Newton Institutional Links Fund of the British Council with the grant number 2015EGY01.
The aim of the project is to advance capacity in education, research, innovation, and exploitation of knowledge in state-of-the art sustainable design strategies through the BC-SDBE project as an influential initiative for the economic development of Egypt. The project aims to reform, modernise, and bridge current divides between existing higher education programmes and embedding sustainable development in practice.

The project target groups are of different age groups, genders, educational backgrounds, experiences and employability skills, socio-cultural backgrounds, abled and disabled as well as practitioners and professionals in the built environment recruited from universities, the Egyptian Engineering Syndicate, public and private consultancies, local authorities, NGOs, community-based organisations and SME/SMIs. The project will also aim to introduce a new framework for training and professional development based on the notion of adaptable, customised and blended programmes.

The methodology adopted in the project adopts ‘The Building Blocks’ strategy suggested by the European Commission for coherent and comprehensive learning strategies. Those building blocks are partnership-working, insight into the demand for learning, adequate resourcing, facilitating access to learning opportunities, creating a learning culture, and striving for excellence.