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Professor Carsten Vellguth

Carsten Vellguth studied Architecture at the Technische Universität München and the Architectural Association London with Archigram, Future Systems, Nato. He has been working for various architectural practices in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Singapore. He contributed to many projects ranging from Social Housing, Office Buildings to industrial projects like Coal Fired Power stations and their infrastructure.  As practising Architect and Facility Manager, he completed a number of projects in Germany, China, and Russia.  He supported the Charity 'Menschen für Menschen'   with projects in Ethiopia for many years.

Carsten Vellguth has been teaching in Schools of Architecture in the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Egypt for more than 20 years. He is interested in all aspects of the built environment, its urban, and historic contexts. His main focus is currently on materials, and methods of constructions, modes of delivery and their social, and environmental consequences. Carsten Vellguth is joining the IUSD team at the Ain Shams University, Cairo as the DAAD Professor of Integrated Urban Planning and Design.

Professor Ashraf M. Salama

Ashraf M. Salama is Chair in Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK.  He has led three schools of architecture over the past 25 years in Egypt, Qatar, and the United Kingdom. He is a licensed architect in Egypt and was the Director of Research and Consulting at Adams Group Architects, Charlotte, North Carolina. Prof. Salama is the Chief Editor of ArchNet-IJAR, collaborating editor of Open House International, and editorial board member for numerous international journals. He also serves on the scientific and review boards of several international organizations in North America, Europe, and South East Asia. Professor Salama is the recipient of the 2017 UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in the Architectural Education and Criticism.

Professor Salama has published 9 books and over 170 articles and book chapters. His research interests and experience cross the boundaries of disciplines and involve theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urbanism; typological transformations in traditional environments; sustainable design processes as it applies to tourist facilities, learning environments and workplaces; users-centred assessment of designed environments; adaptive urbanism and the spatial practice of migrant communities; liveability and diversity in rapidly growing contexts. He established and is currently leading the efforts CRAUCGS-Cluster for Research on Architecture and Urbanism of Cities in the Global South.

Dr. Yehya Serag: Seminar International Co-organiser

Yehya Serag studied Architecture with a major in Urban Planning and Design from Ain Shams University, Cairo. He obtained his MA in human settlements from KULeuven - Belgium as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in spatial and regional planning  (New Castle University-UK). He received his PhD in regional planning, networking and development from the Department of Architecture, spatial planning and landscape (KULeuven).

He holds the position of associate professor in regional and urban planning in the architectural engineering department in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology - Future University in Egypt since he is currently on leave from Ain Shams University. He coordinated the International Master Program "Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design" between Ain Shams University and Stuttgart University in Germany (2010-2014). He was a guest lecturer and researcher at the universities of Antwerp,KULeuven and TUBerlin. He was involved professionally in several cities and regional planning projects in Egypt. He is interested in the impact of politics on urbanism as a new line of research and is currently the Regional Studies Association ambassador to Egypt.