M. Salama is full professor of architecture and Chair of the Department of
Architecture, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom. He was the
founding Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar
University, Doha, Qatar and was a Reader in Architecture at Queen’s University
Belfast. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy-FHEA and the
Royal Society of the Arts-FRSA. He holds B.Arch, M.Arch, and Ph.D. from the Al
Azhar University in Egypt and North Carolina State University, USA (1987, 1991,
1996). He has held permanent, tenured, and visiting positions in Egypt, Italy,
and Saudi Arabia. With varied experience in academic research, teaching, design
and research based consultancy, Professor Salama bridges theory and design and
pedagogy and practice in his professional activities. He was the Director of
Consulting at Adams Group Architects in Charlotte, North Carolina (2001-2004).
Salama has written over 140 articles and papers in the international refereed
press; authored and co-edited nine books: New Trends in Architectural
Education: Designing the Design Studio (North Carolina, USA), Human
Factors in Environmental Design (Cairo, Egypt), “Architectural Education
Today: Cross-Cultural Perspectives” (Lausanne, Switzerland), Architecture
as Language of Peace (Napoli-Roma, Italy), Design Studio Pedagogy:
Horizons for the Future (Gateshead, United Kingdom), and Transformative
Pedagogy in Architecture and Urbanism (Solingen, Germany). His latest
books include: Demystifying Doha: On Architecture and Urbanism in an
Emerging City (Ashgate 2013), Architecture Beyond Criticism: Expert
Judgment and Performance Evaluation (Routledge 2014), and Spatial
Design Education: New Directions for Pedagogy in Architecture and Beyond
(Ashgate 2015). Professor Salama is the chief editor of the International Journal of Architectural Research (featured on Archnet), associate editor of
Open House International-OHI, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous
internationally refereed journals and on the scientific and review boards of
several international organizations.
Salama, Ashraf. "Nikos A. Salingaros: A New Vitruvius for 21st-Century Architecture and Urbanism?," in ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 1, issue 2 (2007).
This article adopts the premise that the work of Nikos A. Salingaros marks a true beginning for seriously regaining what cultures and societies have lost throughout the years through the work of many architects, urbanists, and decision makers. It explores the three monographs he has written and views them as a new “De Architectura” for 21st century architecture and urbanism. The article reflects on Vitruvius’s De Architectura and sheds light on selected evolutionary aspects of architecture and the anti-vitruvian practices that continued for hundreds of years, but intensified over the last century. It reviews the attitudes of anti-vitruvian architects that contributed to severe socio-cultural and contextual problematics. The views adopted in this article are based on the conviction that the theories and writings of Salingaros are a reaction and a conscious positive response to these practices, and that these theories will invigorate the creation of humane and livable environments.