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Dr. Eman Shafiq Assi


Title:  Associate Professor – Urban Design
School: School of Engineering
Department: Architecture Department
Office:  Bldg. B-133
Phone: +971 7 246 8705

Dr. Eman Assi is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the School of Engineering. She has also taught both at the University of a Sharjah, UAE, and An-Najah National University in Palestine, and works as consultant in projects related to documentation, conservation, and management of cultural heritage. At present, Dr. Assi is a member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns CIVVIH and a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Routes CIIC, and recently she joined the ISC20th. In 2014, her book on traditional houses of Dubai in both English and Arabic received an award from the Sultan bin Salman Award of Cultural Heritage. In 2006 Dr. Eman joined the Department of Architecture and Antiquities of Dubai Municipality as a cultural heritage expert where she manages the development of the Dubai Historic Area Project. She is responsible for conducting many workshops and chairing the scientific committee of the third and fourth international architectural conservation conference 2012 and 2015

Dr. Eman Assi did her post doctorate work at the University of Berkeley at California and UCLA as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in the Center of Middle East Studies in 2003 – 2004. She earned her Doctorate in 1998 from Edinburgh College of Art, her Masters of Science in Urban Design from Pratt Institute, NY, 1990, and her Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture Engineering in 1982 from the Jordan University of Jordan in Amman.


  • Assi, E. Reconstruction of Historic Areas: Shindagha as a Case study, Urban conservation and reconstruction in the Arabian Gulf, seminar proceeding, Dubai Municipality / ICCROM ATHAR, 2016. ISBN 978-92-9-077245-3, page 155-165.
  • Assi, E. Decoding Traditional Houses of Dubai, CIAV-ICOMOS 2012 ,Annual Conference of the International committee of vernacular Architecture, Al Ain, November 2012
  • Assi , E. “World Heritage Sites, Human Rights and Cultural Heritage In Palestine” International Journal of Heritage Studies, to March, 2012.
  • Assi , E. “Memory and Place” in “Spirit of Place : Between tangible and Intangible heritage”. edited , Lurier Turgan , les Presses de I”Universite Laval , Canada, ISBN; 978-2-7637-8894-4, pp121-136.
  • Assi, E. “Islamic Waqf and Management of Cultural Heritage in Palestine”, International Journal of Heritage Studies, online publication , Vol, 14, 2008.
  • Assi, E. ” The Relevance of Urban Conservation Charters in the World Heritage Cities in the Arab States , City and Time Journal Volume 4 (1), Online publication , pages : 57- 63
  • Assi, E. “Transformation of Public Spaces with Reference to Sahet Alqaryoun in the Historic city of Nablus, Palestine”, in a book, “Fonctions, Practiques et Figures des Spaces Publics au Liban. Perspectives Comparatives dans l’aire Méditerranéenne “,Co-Publication: Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (Université de Balamand) & Centre d’Histoire de la Ville Moderne et Contemporaine (Université de Tours), 2007, ISBN  978995301069
  • Assi, E. “Where Does Heritage Go? International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, IASTE, University of California at Berkeley UCB. Vol. 169, 2004.
  • Assi, E. “Cultural Heritage and Authenticity: Theoretical Approach”, Journal of Applied Sciences, Amman, Jordan, March, 2002.
  • Assi, E. “Community Involvement in Housing Renewal Project in the Old City of Jerusalem, Journal of Architectural Conservation, vol. 8 issue 1. March, 2002.
  • Assi, E. “Limitations to Community Involvement in Rehabilitation of Historic Areas.”, in a book, “The Sustainable City II Urban Regeneration and Sustainability”. WIT Press, Page 439-448. ISBN 18532811, 2002.
  • Assi, E. “Searching for the Concept of Authenticity: Implementation Guidelines”, Journal of Architectural Conservation, Vol. 6, Issue 3, November, 2000.
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