Dr. Dalia Abdel Fattah

Head / Assistant Professor of Architecture


Dr. Dalia Abdelfattah is an architect and researcher in urban affairs. Dalia is an assistant professor and a researcher in UN-HABITAT Programme of Planners for Climate Action. Currently, working as Head of the architecture and interior architecture department (AIA), faculty of engineering and architecture (COEA), Al Yamamah University. In 2018, she obtained her PhD from Cairo University, Egypt, about how to motivate local community to participate in conservation programs. MSc in Architecture, awarded in 2011 "Quantitative Analysis for Urban Qualities of Conserved Areas, studying cases: Old Cairo, Egypt, Old city, Istanbul". Her area of interest is in community design in Middle East and Northern Africa Region (MENA) with special focus on urban conservation, adaptation of multi-disciplinary approaches from environmental psychology. She has a number of scientific studies published in international journals and conference proceedings.

Before joining Al Yamamah University, Dr. Dalia Abdel Fattah was a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Architectural Engineering, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. In addition to the Architecture Engineering Technology (AET program) Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University.

Being a researcher in UN-HABITAT Programme of Planners for Climate Action, allows the opportunity to support the new initiative of Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor, offered by the UN-Habitat at the Climate Action Summit 2017. The initiative has three objectives: Integrate climate change in the professional practices of all planners and their institutions through integrated approaches that reduce emissions, and prepare human settlements to adapt to climate change, Build the capacity of all planners by ensuring that all graduate-level urban/regional planning curricula prepare planners to be effective climate change professionals, Support and commission research that can strengthen knowledge at the intersect of planning practices and climate change. As a member of the team (P4CA), Dr. Dalia has the chance to embrace international, regional and national associations and networks of urban and territorial planners. She contributes through knowledge, capacity-building and outreach activities. The Working Groups convene (in person or, more typically, virtually) at least every two months, or as often as required to achieve their aims. Meetings are jointly at least once a year to take-stock of activities undertaken, and plan for future actions.

It was the opportunity to show what strong leadership and action look like through initiatives, commitments and achievements across all the Action Areas of the Climate Action Summit.

She has about 12 years of experience in teaching, practice, and public services that includes projects in the area of architecture design, urban planning, urban design, landscape design, community development, and urban conservation.


Selected Refereed Articles

Journal of Engineering and Applied Science

Assessing publicness of public spaces in gated and ungated communities using the star model.

IGI Global – Book chapter

Book title: Digital Research Methods and Architectural Tools in Urban Planning and Design. Chapter title: Cairo's Downtown in Narratives: From Singularity to Hardship.

Journal of Engineering Research

Local community as a motivator for urban sustainability in conserved areas with a special reference to motivation theory.

Urban catalyst theory towards promoting conservational sustainable development.

Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society (in progress) Towards Regenerative Sustainable Urban Development.


Conference Proceeding Articles

The international scientific conference (ARCHCAIRO 8- 2019). Building the Future Now, Rights to Better

Living, Architecture & Contexts.

Spatio-temporal dynamics of socio economic public life in historical contexts. Tools for studying life between historical buildings.

International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment. EAST LONDON UNIVERSITY.

20-21 December 2017, London, UK.

- Motivating participation in regenerating sustainable urban neighbourhood open Spaces.

- Urban Liveability Dimensions in the Egyptian New Cities. Case study: Sheikh Zayed city.

- Towards Regenerative Sustainable Urban Development.

The forth Arabian conference for housing- 2016 – Riyadh – kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (In Arabic). Changing the housing policies between planning, implementation, and existing conditions, with a special reference to 6th of October city, Cairo, Egypt.

International Conference of Sustainable Development and Planning. 19 - 2l May 2015, London , UK.

Methodology towards defining multi-scalar attributes of sustainability indicators in historical urban areas: Assessment tool development. WESSEX INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – 2015.

Attended workshops

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY. UK: Summer School. 2015

Low Carbon Architecture Summer Program (LCASP 2015). Welsh School Of Architecture. Cardiff. UK.

Attended Training Courses

  • “Presentation and communication skills” at MSA University. (Egypt, 2009).
  • “Emotional inelegance” at MSA University. (Egypt, 2010).
  • “Self-motivation” at MSA University. (Egypt, 2009).
  • “Time management” at MSA University. (Egypt, 2009).
  • “Constructions and building materials” at Arab contractors company. (Egypt, 2008).
  • “Finishing materials” at Arab Contractors Company. (Egypt, 2008).
  • “Calculating Bill of quantities and project managing” at Arab Contractors Company. (Egypt, 2008).

Book reviewer

IGI Global, eEditorial Discovery

(Reviewer) for the upcoming book ‘Digital Research Methods and Architectural Tools in Urban Planning and Design: chapter title: Cairo Street Markets'; A Study to Analyze Socio-Spatial Contemporary Practices in Urban Spaces.

Organizing committee

With partners from Kent University, USA, and Metropolis international institute, Spain.

WATERFRONT FOR EVERYONE: serial of Workshops

Perception of Urban Waterfront Aesthetics

Part One: Cairo - Alex. Egypt.  30th of Jan. to 3rd of Feb._2018

Part Two: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 17th to 21st of Apr. _2018

Hosted by

Housing & Building National Research Center (HBRS). Alexandria University (Alexandria. Egypt)

Effat University (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)


Current teaching

  • ARC 401 - Architectural Design Studio V
  • ARC 302 - Building construction II

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Graduation project
  • Architecture Design VI
  • City and Regional Planning
  • History Of Architecture I
  • Site Planning and Housing
  • Human factor in design (elective course IV)
  • Design methodology (elective course III)
  • Culture heritage conservation (elective course I)
  • History V (Islamic architecture)


Experience (professional career)

Eco-scape (Landscape –planning –Architecture) Architect

Plan and design land areas for parks, recreational facilities, private homes, campuses, and other open spaces.

Main Responsibilities include:

Land scape design for several projects.

(Aviation club – Shooting club el Attamia – Shooting club 6th oct. – Beverly Hills residential compound)

  • Discuss with clients, engineers, and building architects to understand a project
  • Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates
  • Coordinate the arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures
  • Prepare graphic representations of proposed plans using computer-aided design and drafting
  • Select appropriate materials for use in landscape designs
  • Analyze environmental reports on land conditions, such as drainage and energy usage

Planning and urban design.

(Ibny betek project – palm hills compound)

  • Survey land and buildings, analyze their current use and make recommendations for their future development
  • understand the needs of people who will be using the space to design; through research and analysis to consider political, environmental, social, economic, spatial, psychological and physical factors
  • created detailed drawings using graphic skills, converting the vision into a technical drawing, using specific programs and software
  • Worked with wider planning team to ensure policies and guidance are followed. Architecture design for residential buildings and private villas
  • Meets with requesters to determine requirements of projects; determines feasibility of project and prepares cost estimates.
  • Performs original design work utilizing specifications, sketches and ideas on developing designs.
  • Analyzes space utilization effectiveness and changing demands for space needs: recommends actions to meet new requirements.
  • Assists in conducting preliminary studies of proposed projects to obtain information as to space and design requirements, obtaining measurements and making sketches preliminary  to the preparation of drawing.
  • Assists in preparation of scale drawing of details required for contract drawing.
  • Assists in preparation of design development drawings.
  • Assists in  developing  and/or  coordinating  development  of  detailed  working  drawings  and specifications after approval for project has been obtained.

Experience (community service)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture - Community development. El Darb El Ahmar, Cairo, Egypt.

Working as part of a staff team providing and coordinates individualized care and resources to local community. Fulfilling their needs, providing services and facilities, enhancing their quality of living, offering health care and educational guidance. The main aim of the project focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalization of communities in the Muslim world.

  • Early Childhood Development

The ECD programme aims at improving the quality of existing early childhood development facilities and services in rural and urban communities, Responsible of:

- Encouraging the establishment of new local ECD units.

- Facilitating accessible and affordable early childhood development support.

  • Continuing Education Programme

The CEP programme aims to provide practical, industry-relevant training to unemployed and under- employed youth in the area. Responsible of:

- English language courses.

- Basic and advanced management, presentation and soft skills training.

  • Basic social services

Basic social services in the context of the Darb al-Ahmar Project include the sub-sectors of health, education and solid waste disposal. Health activities are aimed at raising the quality of healthcare. Responsible of:

- Organizing regular physical examinations home visits for needed people

Kazım Karabekir , Iatanbul, Turkey.

Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul.

Community development – On-site regeneration participatory approach and soft urbanism.

Working as part of a staff team for a project On-site regeneration participatory approach and soft urbanism, the site (neighbourhood: Kazım Karabekir) has been selected by Mimar Sinan. It is one of the places where regeneration is taking place within a broad-based association of local dwellers

The site is a rapidly growing suburb, with the neighboring projects. The aim is to provide grounds for participatory urban alternatives to harsh transformation or eviction. Responsible of:

- sharing ideas for upgrading the quality of living environment in the neighborhood through urban and social studies and analysis.