Galal Abada is an Egyptian architect and urbanist, and an assistant professor at Ain Shams University in Cairo, where he also is director of the Historic Cairo Studies and Development Centre. Dr. Abada was trained at Ain Shams University, the School of Architecture Paris-Belleville (France), and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium; he received a PhD in architecture and urban design from Stuttgart University in Germany. His projects and winning competition entries are located in Belgium, Germany, and throughout the Middle East, notably in Egypt where his ongoing projects currently include a number of urban rehabilitation, adaptive re-use and design schemes, and Children's Cultural Clubs in Historic Cairo, the headquarters of the NOEU in Cairo Citadel, the Qena Museum, as well as the site planning and visitors centre of Dendara temple and the proposed improvement project of the Luxor Temples site. Dr. Abada was a member of the editorial board of and a frequent contributor to the Egyptian architecture and design magazine Medina. Most recently, Dr. Abada was invited to evaluate the submissions to the international competition for the Great Egyptian Museum.
Petronas Towers On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2004.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.