Sara A. Alsaadani , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Biography

  • I am an assistant professor of architecture at AASTMT, Smart Village campus. I am also a graduate of the same institution (Alexandria campus), having completed my BSc and MSc degrees in architectural engineering in 2006 and 2009 respectively.

    My PhD investigation (Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, 2013) served as the foundation for my current research interest in using multi-disciplinary approaches to decipher how building design decisions are made. Between 2009-2013, I used social science and psychology research methods to study the interpersonal relationship between architects and building performance simulation (BPS) consultants to unpack whether and how this may inform design decision-making. My subsequent post-doctoral research (Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) was about understanding how’ behavioural interventions affect building occupants’ energy use patterns in a residential context.

    My present position at AASTMT places a strong emphasis on design studio teaching. At the undergraduate level, I teach first year studios (architectural drawing and architectural design 1). My research-based teaching philosophy has further re-directed my multi-disciplinary research attention toward the architectural design studio, as I am currently investigating how BPS is taught to architects at multiple universities worldwide. I am also beginning a research project that looks at the impact of social media on knowledge acquisition in the design studio. In addition, I teach research methods on the newly-established postgraduate (Msc) programme. In addition, I am also head of the RIBA setting committee at Smart Village.

Courses Added

Courses Added
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AR210 - Architectural Drawing

2017 Fall View All Content
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AR211 - Architectural Design 1

2018 Fall View All Content
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AR362 - Environmental Studies 1

2016 Spring View All Content
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AR423 - Topics in Sustainability

2016 Spring View All Content
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Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Feb 2016 - up till now
    Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design
    AASTMT - Smart Village Campus
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sep 2014 - Jan 2015
    Department of Architectural Science
    Ryerson University - Canada
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Feb 2014 - Mar 2015
    Department of Architectural Science
    Ryerson University - Canada
  • Assistant Lecturer, Dec 2008 - Sep 2009
    Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design
    AASTMT
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Sep 2006 - Jun 2009
    Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design
    AASTMT

Education

  • PhD in Architecture in Architectural Science, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Jun 2013
  • MSc - Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Jan 2009
  • BSc - Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Jun 2006

List of Publications

    • Sara Alsaadani, Alan Fung, Vera Straka, Miles Roque, "Understanding tenants’ behavioural energy consumption in a multi-unit residential building in Downtown Toronto, Canada." , 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Coimbra, Portugal, 8-9 September, 2016. , 2016.
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    • Sara Alsaadani, Miles Roque, Kevin Trinh, Alan Fung, Vera Straka, "An overview of research projects investigating energy consumption in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in Toronto." , The Sixth Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2016 Official Conference Proceedings 2016, Kobe, Japan, 9-12 June 2016. , 2016.
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    • Sara Alsaadani and Clarice Bleil De Souza, "Of collaboration condemnation? Exploring the promise and pitfalls of architect-consultant collaborations for building performance simulation." , Energy Research and Social Science 19 (2016), pp. 21-36. , 2016.
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    • Sara Alsaadani and Clarice Bleil De Souza, "The social component of building performance simulation Understanding Architects" , Building Simulation and Optimization (BS012), Loughborough, UK: 10-11 September, 2012. , 2012.
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    • Clarice Bleil De Souza and Sara Alsaadani, "Thermal zoning in speculative office buildings: Discussing the connections between space layout and inside thermal control." , Building Simulation and Optimization (BS012), Loughborough, UK: 10-11 September. , 2012.
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    • Sara Alsaadani and Maria Gabriela-Zapata, "Deciphering Design Process: Using qualitative methods to inform collaborative built environment research" , RICS Construction and Property Conference, COBRA 2011, Salford, UK: 12-13 September. , 2011.
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    • Amira Elnokaly, Ahmed Elseragy and Sara Alsaadani, "Sustaining historical city centres through urban regeneration" , The proceedings of International IAPSE-CSBE & Housing Network, Istanbul, Turkey: October 12-16. , 2009.
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    • Amira Elnokaly, Ahmed Elseragy and Sara Alsaadani, "Integrating sustainable design into architectural curricula: Exploring the strategies" , The proceedings of Sustainability Conference Fifth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Mauritius: January 5-7. , 2009.
           
           
    • Amira Elnokaly, Ahmed Elseragy and Sara Alsaadani, "Creativity-Function Nexus Creativity and functional attentiveness in design-studio teaching" , ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, Volume 4 Issue 2/3, pp.467-470. , 2008.
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    • Amira Elnokaly and Sara Alsaadani, "The reflection of Euro-Mediterranean historical culture on contemporary architecture in Alexandria" , Euro-Mediterranean Regional Conference Traditional Mediterranean Architecture, Present and Future, Barcelona, Spain: 12-15 July. , 2007.
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Teaching

  • AR210 - Architectural Drawing
    AR362 - Environmental Studies
    AR423 - Topics in Sustainability
    AR516 - Architectural Design 6

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