Prof. Dr. Sonja Nebel (Gutech)
Focus: urban development and management
Dr. Sonja Nebel graduated from RWTH Aachen / Germany. She earned her PhD at the same university. Sonja has been teaching for more than 25 years at different universities in Europe and in Arab Countries in the field of urban design, urban planning and urban conservation.
Sonja has focused for many years on cross cultural and interdisciplinary scientific research on urbanization and housing, such as: „Urbanization processes and transforming housing patterns“, (Zambia, Bolivia, Thailand), „Informal Housing“ (Syria), „Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change“ (China).
Furthermore, she works as a consultant within the international development cooperation in the field of urban development and urban management, sustainable urban conservation, strategic and participatory planning.
Assist. Prof. M. Arch. Aurel von Richthofen (GUtech)
Focus: urban modeling and simulation, conference organization and publication
Aurel von Richthofen grew up in Berlin and Geneva. He studied architecture at ETH Zurich and Princeton University earning two professional degrees in architecture. He is a registered architect in Germany and Switzerland. Aurel taught architecture at The Ohio State University in the United States from 2007-2009. From 2010-2014, he was assistant professor at GUtech teaching Architecture and Computer Aided Design. Since 2013 he is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism at TU Braunschweig. Since 2014 he is the Module Coordinator at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. His various projects can be seen here: aurelvr.com
Prof. Dr. Awni Shabaan (SQU)
Focus: climate responsive urban development and design
Dr. Awni Shabaan earned his PhD at Texas A&M University. He holds a Master Degree from the University of California. Awni taught at various universities from Bagdad to Bahrain before joining Sultan Qaboos University. He is Professor of Architecture with long-standing experience in solar design, climatic modelling with special emphasis on the Environmental Impact on Architecture in Yemen. He has an impressive record of practical architectural projects as well as scientific publications.
Prof. Dr. Alaa Mandour (SQU)
Focus: planning law, building regulations, urban design
Dr. Alaa Mandour earned his PhD at Cairo University and holds two Master Degrees from MIT and Cairo University. His academic experience includes teaching courses on architectural programming, design methods and theories, his courses place emphasis on recent developments in architecture and urbanism in different contexts, typological transformations in traditional architecture / urban spaces, sustainable design processes, assessing designed environments from users‘ perspective, and diversity in urban spaces.