Dr Islam Abohela

Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I am an Architect with solid experience in research and teaching Architecture, Interior Design, Building Science and Design related modules. I hold a BSc with honours, MSc and PhD in Architecture. Since 2002, I have worked in academia in four different countries namely Egypt, the UK, Turkey and Bahrain. I have taken up several academic roles including Tutor, Teaching Assistant, Assistant Lecturer, Research Associate, Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Course Director then Head of an Academic Department. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in the UK.

My research interests and publications focus on implementing simulation tools in understanding building physics, energy performance in buildings, retrofitting micro renewable sources of energy in urban areas and the effect of behavioural interventions on energy consumption in buildings, in addition to investigating the relationship between film and architecture. I have secured funding for several interdisciplinary research projects spanning across the institutions I have worked for.

I have strong experience in managing Higher Education academic courses related to the design and construction of the built environment. I have significant experience in designing academic courses and related modules in accordance with the standards of relevant international quality assurance and accreditation bodies. My teaching and research supervision experience covers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate students. Based on my experience in academia and industry, I have provided professional consultative services to industry and private clients.

Throughout my career I have worked with architects, engineers, researchers and students from different backgrounds. I am passionate about teaching in the Higher Education sector and I have won several awards in recognition of my practices in this sector. I have experience as a Senior Resident at University students’ halls of residence which reflects my professional training in pastoral care as well as academic related matters in Higher Education. The combined experience I have gained in professional practice, teaching and research informs all my professional activities as an educator.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK
  • Member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE)
  • Member of the International Building Performance and Simulation Association (IBPSA)
  • Chartered Architectural Engineer, Architecture Section, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate (EES)
  • Member of the Society of Egyptian Architects (SEA)

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Architecture, Building Science. School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle University, UK.
  • MSc in Architectural Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
  • BSc in Architectural Engineering (Honours), Architecture Section, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Expertise

  • Architectural design
  • Residential buildings’ design
  • Landscape design
  • Construction supervision
  • Building performance simulation
  • Urban wind turbines
  • International Higher Education collaborations
  • Publishing design related magazines

Research interests

  • Urban Wind Turbines
  • Building Performance Simulation
  • Energy Performance in Buildings
  • Building Physics
  • Environmental Design
  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Applications within the Built Environment
  • Behaviour and Architecture
  • Science Fiction Films and Architecture
  • Renewables in Films

Enterprise and commercial interests

In addition to my academic experience, I have practiced Architecture since 2002 as an Architect, a Senior Architect and then a freelance Architect responsible for the design and construction supervision of a number of residential and landscape projects in Egypt. I have also provided professional consultative services for both the private and public sectors in Bahrain and participated in architectural competitions in Turkey. I participated in establishing a company providing Building Information Modelling (BIM) services and was the founding Managing Editor of an Architectural Design Magazine. I was a partner in a company trading in construction materials. In addition, I have had several chances to play a leading role in community engagement activities.  Academically, I have been delivering a module on Innovation, Enterprise and Management.

Teaching

Since 2002, I have been involved in teaching and assisting in teaching a wide range of Architecture related modules at all levels. 

Publications

  • Abohela, I., Aristodemou, I., Hadaways, A., and Sundararajan, R. (2020) Assessing the Horizontal Homogeneity of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer (HHABL) Profile Using Different CFD Software, Atmosphere, 11(10), pp. 1138-1164.
  • Abohela, I., Lavin, N. (2020), The Height of Future Architecture: Significance of High versus Low Rise Architecture in Science Fiction Films. Applied Science University Journal, 04(01), pp. 57-66.
  • Abohela, I., (2019) 'The Narrative of Renewable Sources of Energy in Science Fiction Films', Applied Mathematics & Information Sciences, 13(3), pp. 471-480.
  • Abohela, I., (2018) ' On the Horizontal Homogeneity of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Profile in CFD Simulations', Applied Mathematics & Information Sciences, 12(4), pp. 825-829.
  • Abohela, I., (2017), The Fictional Story of Renewables: A Proposition for a Sustainable Future. Proceeding of the International Conference on Sustainable Futures, Bahrain, 26 - 27 November 2017. pp. 315-328.
  • Abohela, I., (2017), The Portrayal of Renewables in Science Fiction Films: A Utopic or Dystopic Future?, PLEA 2017 conference, Design to Thrive. Edinburgh, U.K, 3-5 July 2017. pp. 2729-2735.
  • Abohela, I. (2015) ‘Future City in Science Fiction Films: Reading and Extrapolating the Depiction of the City in Sci-Fi Films‘, CINE CRI ’15, II. International Film Studies and Cinematic Arts Conference; Represenation of Identeties and Film Studies. Istanbul, Turkey, 10 -11 June 2015. 535-554.
  • Abohela, I., Boake, T. (2015) ‘Visualizing a Renewable Future: The Utopian Potential in Science Fiction Films‘, CINE CRI ’15, II. International Film Studies and Cinematic Arts Conference; Represenation of Identeties and Film Studies. Istanbul, Turkey, 10 -11 June 2015. 341-353.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2013) 'Effect of roof shape, wind direction, building height and urban configuration on the energy yield and positioning of roof mounted wind turbines', Renewable Energy, 50(0), pp. 1106-1118.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2013) 'Roof Mounted Wind Turbines: A Methodology for Assessing Potential Roof Mounting Locations', PLEA 2013, 29th Conference, Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future. Munich, Germany, 10 - 12 September 2013. pp. 315-328.
  • Hamza, N. and Abohela, I. (2013) 'Non-Uniform Double Skin Façade Cavities: An exploratory study on cavity heat stratification and daylight levels indoors', PLEA 2013, 29th Conference, Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future. Munich, Germany, 10 - 12 September 2013. pp. 654-668.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2013) 'Urban Wind Turbines: Potentials and Constrains', CISBAT 2013. Lausanne, Switzerland, 04 - 06 September 2013. pp. 146-154.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2013) 'Building Height and Urban Configuration Effects on Wind Flow above a Barrel Vaulted Roof', Building Simulation 2013 (BS2013). Chambéry, France, 25 - 28 August 2013. pp. 492-500.
  • de Wilde, P., Pahl, S., Hamza, N., Wei, S., Jones, R. and Abohela, I. (2013) 'Using Building simulation to Drive Changes in Occupant Behaviour: A Pilot Study', Building Simulation 2013 (BS2013). Chambéry, France, 25 - 28 August 2013. pp. 3207-3214.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2013) 'Variables Affecting the Performance of Urban Wind Turbines', Building Simulation 2013 Conference - Towards Sustainable & Green Built Environment. Cairo, Egypt, 23- 25 June 2013. pp. 213-222.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2012) 'Roof Mounted Wind Turbines: The influence of roof shape, building height, and urban location on wind speed', PLEA2012 - 28th Conference, Opportunities, Limits & Needs, Towards an environmentally responsible architecture, Lima, Perú, 7-9 November 2012.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2012) 'Validating CFD simulation results: Wind flow around a surface mounted cube in a turbulent channel flow', PLEA2012 - 28th Conference, Opportunities, Limits & Needs, Towards an environmentally responsible architecture, Lima, Perú, 7-9 November 2012.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2011) 'Effect of Roof Shape on the Energy Yield and Positioning of Roof Mounted Wind Turbines', Building Simulation 2011 (BS2011). Sydney, Australia. pp. 1203-1210.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2011) 'Assessment of wind flow within the built environment', Built and Natural Environment, pp. 81-94.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2011) 'Urban Wind Turbines Integration in the Built Form and Environment', FORUM Ejournal for Postgraduate Studies in Architecture, Planning and Landscape, 10(1), pp. 23-39.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2010) 'Assessment of Wind Flow within the Built Environment', First International Conference on Sustainability and the Future, Future Intermediate Sustainable Cities: a message to future generations. El Sherouk City, Egypt, 23-25 November 2010. Elain Publishing Company, pp. 298-323.
  • Abohela, I., Hamza, N. and Dudek, S. (2010) 'Integration of wind turbines in the built form and environment', The Second International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development. Amman, Jordan. The centre for the study of Architecture in the Arab Region, pp. 63-78.
  • Rashed, A. and Abohela, I. (2009) 'Second Egypt and Sustainable Future: Challenges?!!', Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment. Loughborough. Loughborough University, pp. 425-440.
  • Abohela, I. (2009) 'The Integration of Wind Turbines in Architectural Design', Third Ain Shams University International Conference on Environmental Engineering. Cairo, Egypt. pp. 01-14.
  • Dorra, M., Sheweka, S., Abohela, I. and Magdy, N. (2009) 'The Reeltecture “Reading in the Egyptian Architecture through Filmographic Journey”', The Fifth International Architectural Conference; Towards a New Architectural Vision, Cairo, Egypt, 16-17 December 2009. Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, pp. 236-252.
  • Abohela, I., Al-Gohary, A. and Dewidar, K. (2008) 'The Image of Future City in Science Fiction Films', Second Architecture and Urban Planning Conference. Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo Egypt, pp. 01-14.

Published Articles in Design Magazines

  • An article titled: "The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Centre" (Arc. Vision magazine, fifth issue).
  • An article titled: “Architectural Vision of Cinematic Films" (Arc. Vision magazine, fourth issue).
  • An article titled: "Architectural Vision of The Da Vinci Code and Ya'kobian Building" (The Novels), (Arc. Vision magazine, third issue).
  • A commentary article on the article by Charles Jencks tilted: "The New Paradigm in Architecture" (Arc. Vision magazine, third issue).
  • A book review for the book titled: "Architecture 2000 and Beyond" (Arc. Vision magazine, second issue).
  • An article titled: "From Prison to Hotel" (Magaz magazine, first issue).
  • An article titled: "Towering into View" (Magaz magazine, first issue).Abohela, I., Al-Gohary, A. and Dewidar, K. (2006) 'Significance of Future Architecture in Science Fiction Films', First Architecture and Urban Planning Conference. Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, pp. 167-179.
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