American University of Sharjah

Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of architecture

Michael Hughes

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Associate Professor and Department Head

Michael Hughes earned his Master of Architecture from Princeton University, USA.
Hughes began his teaching at Cornell University after working professionally in the Los Angeles offices of Richard Meier and Frank Gehry. He is also co-principal of Catovic Hughes Design. Hughes’ research, teaching and creative activities involve a combination of design, community outreach, tectonics and material exploration. These interests inform a pedagogical agenda focused on an integrated approach to architectural education that emphasizes hands-on learning, sustainable practices and civic responsibility.

Amin Alsaden

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Assistant Professor

Amin Alsaden holds a Post-Professional Master in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Arts from Harvard University, where he is currently a PhD candidate. His work focuses on global exchanges of ideas and expertise across cultural boundaries, and his research interests include modern architecture in the Muslim and Arab worlds, governance and space in conflict zones, and formal and cognitive attributes of interiors, among others. He previously taught at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and worked at various architectural practices in the Middle East and Europe, most recently OMA and MVRDV in the Netherlands.

Emily Baker

Assistant Professor

Emily Baker is a licensed architect, holding a master's degree in architecture from Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Practicing architecture in the US afforded her ample time spent on job sites observing construction processes and coordinating work among architects, engineers and contractors. This experience formed the basis of her research in developing innovative structural and construction systems through full-scale constructed experimentation. Her work, employing both digital and traditional design and fabrication techniques, aims to reunite the architect with the possibility inherent in material reality. She teaches design studios, as well as courses that center around fabrication and full-scale construction.

Brian Dougan

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Associate Professor

Brian Dougan earned a Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University, USA. He also holds a master’s degree in education from the same institution. He was the drummer in the award-winning New England reggae band Dub Squad, has spent many years making baskets and pots, and has taught at four other universities including the Santa Chiara Study Center in Tuscany. His research interests include studio pedagogy and craft. He is, above all, interested in making and wants to share the joy with curious students.

Camilo Cerro

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Camilo Cerro earned a Master of Architecture from Columbia University in New York City. He is the principal of Dharmatecture LLC located in Brooklyn, NY. His areas of expertise are in residential, retail, sustainable and urban design. While teaching at AUS, Camilo is spending time researching social design for a book he will publish in 2014.

George Katodrytis

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Associate Professor

George Katodrytis studied and taught at the Architectural Association in London and he has been a visiting professor at various schools around the world. He has built a number of projects as well as published widely on contemporary architecture, urbanism, cultural theory and digital media. The work addresses the “city,” especially as it is evolving in the 21st century. He has adopted digital technology and scripting as tools for establishing new formal and performative models in architecture.

William Eirik Heintz

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Associate Professor

Eirik Heintz earned a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, USA. He has taught in architecture departments for more than 17 years at institutions such as Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His areas of research and teaching interest include beginning design, representation and visual identity. He is a registered architect in the US state of Louisiana and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

George Katodrytis

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Associate Professor

George Katodrytis studied and taught at the Architectural Association in London and he has been a visiting professor at various schools around the world. He has built a number of projects as well as published widely on contemporary architecture, urbanism, cultural theory and digital media. The work addresses the “city,” especially as it is evolving in the 21st century. He has adopted digital technology and scripting as tools for establishing new formal and performative models in architecture.

Cristiano Luchetti

Cristiano Luchetti

Visiting Assistant Professor

Cristiano Luchetti holds a Master of architecture from The Pennsylvania State University and a Laurea in Architettura from the University of Chieti.
He has taught architectural design for more than 12 years for several European and North American universities. His research refers to contemporary urban contexts, new sustainable strategies of development and re-adaptation as well as vernacular and traditional architecture.
As a registered architect, he has gained more than 15 years of experience in leading the design of a variety of large scale projects in residential, commercial, and hospitality sectors in Europe, China, India, Middle East, and South East Asia.

Dr. Ahmed Mokhtar

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Ahmed Mokhtar earned a PhD degree in Building Engineering from Concordia University, Canada. His area of teaching and research relates to the technical aspects of architecture including building sciences, environmental control systems, building construction systems and building information management. Before joining AUS, he taught at Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to academia, he worked as an architect with a large Middle East consultant and he continues to provide consulting to international architecture offices. Dr. Mokhtar is a LEED® Accredited Professional and an expert in green buildings.

Kevin Mitchell

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Associate Professor and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Instruction

Kevin Mitchell holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington, USA. He teaches in the areas of beginning design, architecture, interior design and history/theory. In addition to engaging in design activity, his research interests include the relationship between design and broader social, cultural and economic contexts, and the tensions that characterize attempts to reconcile place-specific approaches to architecture with the globalizing forces that affect the Gulf region.

Dr. John Montague

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Assistant Professor

John Montague earned his PhD at Trinity College Dublin. He has taught in the Departments of Engineering, and History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College, and in the Departments of History of Art, and the School of Architecture at University College Dublin. He has worked as a consultant historian on numerous conservation projects in Ireland, and published a number of books and articles on Irish and British architectural history, and on 18th-century mapping. He is currently preparing a book on the history of the Wide Streets Commissioners, an 18th-century planning body in Dublin.

Mariatheresa Mortera

Mariatheresa Castillo Mortera

Visiting Assistant Professor

Maria Mortera earned her M.Arch at the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked as a design consultant for luxury and corporate retail brands in San Francisco and Southern California. Her areas of research and teaching revolve around the empowerment of individuals through design and the built environment. From urban strip malls to marginalized communities she focuses on the construction of space and the ways in which it fosters a sense of place and identity.

Dr. Amer A. Moustafa

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Associate Professor

Amer A. Moustafa has professional, research, practice and teaching experience in architecture, urban design and planning. A PhD from the University of Southern California Los Angeles, USA, Dr. Moustafa’s current teaching and research interest focuses on urbanism, city and urban design, the socio-political dimensions of design, and urban transformation and identity in a globalizing world. He held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He also practiced architecture, urban design and planning in Boston, Los Angeles and the UAE.

George Newlands

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Assistant Professor

George Newlands received his Master of Architecture from the University of New Mexico. He also has extensive education in the Fine Arts, studying at California College of Arts and Crafts, and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. He is a licensed architect and has worked professionally in studios since 1990, starting at Antoine Predock Architect, and establishing his own firm in George Newlands Architect in 2007. His creative work, including research, teaching, and practice, whether architectural or artistic share the common denominator of the landscape and its synthetic ability in defining and shaping culture.

Robert Reid

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Assistant Professor

A registered interior designer originally from Canada, Robert Reid received his Master of Science degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, USA. His diverse career has included working on projects in the residential, commercial, retail and hospitality sectors, as well as graphic and product design. Believing a true measure of an innovative designer is his/her ability to assess a design problem from a critical perspective, conduct research and evaluate possible solutions in a methodical fashion, Reid thinks the outcome of a strategic design process can be any type of product or aesthetic. It’s the thorough investigation into the problem that leads to its unique solution.

Patrick Rhodes

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Assistant Professor and Director of Foundations

Patrick Rhodes received a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In 2001, he formed Project Locus, a nonprofit corporation, to design and build community structures in areas of need. Over the past decade, it has developed a successful model for community-based design, operating within the margins of society among populations that are extremely underserved. His work emphasizes social, economic and environmental design and has been awarded, published and exhibited widely. He teaches empirically toward developing students who are critical, socially engaged, life-long learners.

Juan Roldan

Juan Roldan

Visiting Assistant Professor

Juan Roldán earned his Master of Architecture degree at the Polytechnic School of Madrid, Spain. His practice has been focused on architecture, interior design and editorial design. He has been teaching for eight years at EPS CEU University in the Architecture Department. He has been in charge of the Madrid Think Tank as Director of Communication and Coordinator of the recently launched the Master of Urban Interior Design (MoUID), a collaboration between EPS CEU and the Politecnico di Milano. His short film Deployable Deck for Las Ventas Arena: An Unbuilt Project by Carlos Hurtado, 1999 recently won an award from the Madrid Architects Association.

Peter Di Sabatino

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Professor

Professor Peter Di Sabatino served as the Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) from 2009 until September 2014, when he returned to the faculty to teach and pursue his research interests in architecture and urbanism. Prior to joining CAAD, Professor Di Sabatino had been the Chair of the Department of Environmental Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy; and a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Design, India. He was a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California, and was the founding Director of the Community Design and Urban Research Center in Hollywood. He is a licensed architect in California, and has been in private practice in architecture and design. Professor Di Sabatino holds a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University.

William G. Sarnecky

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Assistant Professor

William Sarnecky earned a Master of Architecture from University of New Mexico, USA. His areas of research and teaching interest are furniture design, architectural design and the architecture of immediacy. Prior to his academic career, he worked in critical practices in Los Angeles and maintained his own practice in San Diego. He is a licensed architect in the US state of New Mexico.

Faysal Tabbarah

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Assistant Professor

Faysal Tabbarah received his Masters of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab (AADRL). Prior to joining AUS, he has held professional posts in architecture and design in London and the UAE. He teaches core architectural design studios, computational design seminars and structures for architects. His current research interests look into employing analog and digital computational design methodologies and non-linear fabrication to develop regionally-specific and historically relevant proto-architectures.

Kenneth Tracy

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Assistant Professor

Kenneth Tracy holds a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Florida. Tracy has taught for nine years at institutions including the Pratt Institute, Columbia University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Washington University where he established the Digital Initiative Lab, a CNC research facility in 2009. Upon graduating from Columbia, Tracy co-founded Associated Fabrication (AF), a digital fabrication shop in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, Tracy left AF to co-found Yogiaman Tracy Design (yo_cy) a research-based design office with projects in the US and Asia.

Christine Yogiaman

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Assistant Professor

Christine Yogiaman directs Yogiaman Tracy Design, yocy, a research and design practice that focus on the utilization of digital techniques along with contextual influences to create culturally embedded, affective work. Currently working on projects in Indonesia, yocy combine labor-intensive acts in craft culture with rule-based, digital frameworks, multiplying the everyday to intensify space. Yogiaman has taught at Washington University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape, where she coordinated the graduate core studios and digital representation curriculum. She won third place in the 2012 Steedman International Design Competition, and first place in the 2012 TEX-FAB APPLIED: Research through Fabrication competition. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, New York, USA.