Prof. Amer Rghei


 

Title:  Department Chair / Associate Professor – Architecture
School: School of Engineering
Department: Architecture Department
Office:  Bldg. B-126
Phone: Ext. 1178
Email: amer.rghei@aurak.ac.ae

Dr. Amer Rghei holds the rank of Professor of Architecture. He obtained his PhD from the University of Waterloo and M.ARCH from McGill University, Canada. Soon after graduation, he dedicated his time to university teaching and research. Dr. Amer has enjoyed a long and successful career as a practitioner, educator, and senior administrator. Dr. Rghei is an experienced academic and professional in architectural planning and design. He has been teaching for more than twenty-five years in a wide range of educational institutions and holds extensive experience in the field.

Prof. Amer greatly enjoys teaching and interacting with students. He looks forward to establishing the New Architectural Program at The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK). His educational experience includes founding programs and serving in senior administrative posts in several universities including Libya, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. He also regularly participates as a reviewer in several programs and curricula assessments. Prof. Amer enjoys learning and keeps abreast of changing technologies along with emerging issues in design, architectural education, and professional practice.
Prof. Amer Rghei has developed several broad fields of special interest including the design, planning, and alignment of cultural landscapes with heritage studies. Within the last two decades, he has focused these strengths on the analysis of challenges in architecture, research, and education. He has integrated his professional experience in the field into educational competencies and teaching. He has established meaningful collaborations and developed innovative course projects to research ventures in the field of new urban development. Prof. Amer desires to engender an environment conducive to teaching and learning. He serves as a contributing member of a lively and considerate community of fellow-professionals and academics, devoted to the shared understanding of the human condition as such faces great problems in the immediate future.

He believes that an architect is far more than just a designer. Prof. Amer envisions an architect as a member of a larger, interactive community of engineers, planners, urban designers, construction practitioners, business professionals, and clients. This holistic educational approach prepares students of architecture to acquire and coordinate a wide range of technical, historical, cultural, aesthetical, economic, and social skills required for success as a leader in the architectural field.
The recent past has seen much foundational study in terms of theory and practice. Dr. Amer embraces the challenge to transform architectural engineering and design into a much more imaginative field. This vision holds that architecture is the ethical art of planning and designing to interface with the everyday activities of humans. Therefore, exceptional responsibility rests on teachers of architectural engineering and design as they strive to meet this challenge.

Prof. Amer has dedicated himself throughout his university career to professional development focusing on scholarship and research. He views these activities as intertwined and very supportive of one another. With this in mind, he has attended numerous conferences, seminars and workshops relating to general design, interior design, architecture, and planning. Preparation for the context and implementation of architecture, planning, and design is, in his experience, fundamental to success in the sense of personal achievement and the satisfaction of clients. He has attended an average of two conferences, seminars or workshops annually since obtaining my PhD. At these meetings He has gained experience and obtained updates on new practices and lines of thinking in his fields of interest. He has found some of the international conferences and workshops to be particularly useful in providing ideas and practices from a wide range of experience.

For example, in attending meetings and eventually undertaking scholarly work on underground and adobe structures in Mali, Morroco, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, Prof. Amer went on to develop expertise in this field and presented major papers at major conferences organized by International organizations including, the International Conference on Earth Architecture, International Conference, Modern Asian Architecture Network, World Ecotourism Conference, International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage, Conference on Canadian Parks and Protected Areas, International Conference on Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture, International Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference, NATO Advanced Workshop on Heritage Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development, HERITAGE, DIVERSITY and CULTURAL LANDCSAPES, The International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation, and the Adobe-USA conferences.

Prof. Amer’s presentations at such conferences have empowered his academic capabilities and served to keep him abreast of cutting edge innovations in the field. In working with colleagues at other institutions from many different backgrounds and geographic regions, he has come to envision the great importance of modern development rooted in an appreciation of the historical and cultural achievements of various societies. He is currently working on papers and a book linking historic Arabic and Islamic design to architecture and urban development in the UAE. Prof. Amer has a strong interest in heritage conservation, design impact assessment, and sustainability development. He has undertaken research on historic cities and their heritage on a comparative basis in different parts of the world, notably in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He has been a member of the Planning and Review Board of a refereed journal “Environments” (Canada) since 1988. Dr. Rghei has served as a consultant and an associate with several professional and international organizations such as the Heritage Resources Centre in Canada and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNCHS-HABITAT) where he worked closely on several projects of conservation planning and management of World Heritage Sites.

Dr. Amer Rghei has travelled the world and visited more than 35 countries and gained extensive knowledge and familiarity with cross-cultural experience. He established academic and professional contacts and conducted work on many walled heritage cities and other heritage sites in different parts of the world. His fieldwork has focused on comparing and assessing the current status of design ideas, technical performance, and architectural heritage. The cross-cultural search approach is used to gain insights and experience from different contexts in creating sustaining meaningful and innovative courses, projects and research ventures in architecture and new development. He has undertaken field studies in Canada, the USA, Poland, Portugal, India, Italy, Spain, Oman, Tunisia, Estonia, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Libya, Yemen, Mali, Egypt, Jordan, China and the UAE.

His prime research area is design and planning for heritage conservation and sustainability, notably in cultural sites and walled cities such as Evora, Porto, Quebec City, Montreal, Siena, Florence, Venice, Seville, Toledo, Williamsburg, Boston, Harpers Ferry, Santa Fe’, Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown (Penang), Melaka, Jaipur, Agra, Jaisalmer, Khiva, Bukhara, Techkand, Sousse, Tunis, Matmata, Gdansk, Zamoc’, Krakow, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Timbuktu, Djenne’, Petra, Ghadames, Tripoli, Zabid, Sana’a, Shibam, Essaouira, Safi, Marrakesh, and Fez. Based upon his worldwide experience, one of his basic aims is to promote understanding, appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of world cultural diversity and shared heritage. His aim is to build a lively and considerate environment of fellow-professionals and academics, devoted to the shared understanding of our human condition facing great problems in the immediate future. The recent past has seen much foundational work put in place in terms of theory and practice, so that the teaching of architecture and design should become increasingly rewarding and imaginative for all.

(1) Papers Published in Refereed Journals 

Rghei, Amer (2014) “Ecocultural Sustainability in Wadi Hadhramout, Yemen” In progress: A paper accepted for publication at The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability – ISSN 1832-2077.

Rghei, Amer and J.G. Nelson, (2014) “Planning for Musandam Peninsula: The Emirates and Oman”, In progress: A paper accepted for publication at the Modern Architecture and Urbanism – ISBN 978-90-5662-653-2.

A Abufayed, and Rghei, Amer (2010) “Adobe Cities of Libya: Unique World Heritage Architecture at Risk”, Terra 32, November, 2010 – ISBN 9781921666810.

Nelson, J G. and Rghei, Amer (2010) “Comparing Desert Tourism with Special Reference to Arizona and the United Arab Emirates”, will be Published in The International Journal of World Cultural Tourism, Doc. No.: Tourism 10-03-103 – ISBN: 978-89-922250-05-4.

Rghei, Amer and Nelson, G. (2009) “Designing Protected Areas of Dubai, Past, Present, Future”, Published at The Canadian Association of Research Libraries / Association des bibliothèques de recherche Open Archives Metadata Harvester – DSpace@UCalgary.ca – 2009-02-17T17:38:13Z.

Abufayed, A and Rghei, Amer (2009) “Urban planning and architecture of the historic city of Ghadames, Libya Published – Journal Title “Transactions on The Built Environment”, Location: INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST: Y 38711, 35400013872263.0010, Copyright 2008 INIST-CNRS – Reference:
http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=17545664
Also published at WIT eLibrary: http://library.witpress.com/pages/PaperInfo.asp?PaperID=15286

Nelson, G and Rghei, Amer (2009)”Explosive Growth, Protected Areas and Conservation Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)”, Published at The Canadian Association of Research Libraries / Association des bibliothèques de recherche Open Archives Metadata Harvester – DSpace@UCalgary.ca – 2009-02-17T17:35:17Z.

Rghei, Amer (2009) “Cultural Tourism: Planning for Sustainability in the Sahara Region” Published in The International Journal of World Cultural Tourism, PP. 568 – 578. ISBN: 978-89-922250-05-4 – Editor: sung chae Jung, Reviewed by: (1) The World Cultural Tourism association; and, (2) The Korean Academic Society of Culture and Tourism.

Rghei, Amer. (2004),”Cultural Landscapes and Landscape Planning in Yemen”. In ENVIRONMENTS (Canada), Vol.32 (1): 71- 88.

Rghei, Amer. and J. G. Nelson, (1994) “The Conservation and Use of the Walled City of Tripoli”, The Geographical Journal (UK) 160 (2): 143-158.

Rghei, A. & J.G. Nelson (1994) “The Tourism Potential of the Madina of Tripoli”, Environments 22 (2): 86-89.

Rghei, Amer. (1993) “The Walled City of Tripoli: an Outstanding Heritage Resource” In: J.G. Nelson and E. Alder (eds.) Heritage Planning in an Urban Context. Occasional Publication Number(2): 49-57, Heritage Resources Centre, Waterloo, Canada.

(2) Published in Book Chapter 

A Abufayed, and Rghei, Amer (2008) “Urban Planning and Architecture of the Historic City of Ghadames, Libya: Lessons from the Past for Cities of the Future”, Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture, PP.3-14, Editors: A.Brebbia and A. Torpiano – Published by: WIT Press – ISBN: 1-84564-021-7 – ISSN: 1746-4498 (print) – ISSN: 1743-3509 (on-line)

Rghei, Amer. and J.G. Nelson (1997) “Conservation of the Mediterranean Environment: The Vital Need to Protect and Restore the Quality of Natural and Cultural Resources”. In James Gordon Nelson and Rafal Serafin (eds.) National Parks and Protected Areas: Keystones to Conservation and Sustainable Development. Published by: Springer-Verlag, Berlin; New York: Springer, 1997 Heidelberg, NATO Elsevier ASI Series, Rotterdam. ISBN: 3-540-63527-0. ISSN 0258-1256.

(3) Papers Presented and Published in Refereed Conference Proceedings: 

Rghei, Amer, (2014) Planning for Modernity and Heritage Diversity: Exploring Ancient Earthen Architecture in North Africa with Special Reference to Nafousa Region, A paper for the 2014 ICOMOS-ISCS International Conference on Conservation of Stone and Earthen Architectural Heritage, May 20-23, 2014, Gongju, Korea.

Rghei, Amer, (2014) Invited Keynote Speaker: A Walk around the Saharan Heritage: Searching for Architectural Paint, A paper for The 5th International Architectural Paint Research Conference, “Interdisciplinary Innovation through Baseline Proficiencies”, March
12-15, 2014, Stockholm, Sweden.

Rghei, Amer (2013) Protecting Adobe Architecture in the Age of the 21st Century of Modernity Explosion: the Case of Dubai, Earth USA 2013, October 4 – 6, 2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Rghei, Amer (2012) Invited Keynote Speaker: Bridging Modernity and Heritage Environments with Reference to the Middle East, a paper published at the International Convention on Sustainable Built Environment 2012, Johor, Malaysia, Nov. 5 – 7, 2012.

Rghei, Amer (2011) Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering, International Educational Cooperation (KazGASA/IEC), Oct 30-Nov.3, 2011, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Rghei, Amer (2011) “Ecocultural Sustainability in Wadi Hadhramout, Yemen” A paper to be published at the proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability – 5 to 7 January 2011 – Hamilton, New Zealand.

Rghei, Amer (2010) “From Souks to Malls Heritage, Commerce, Tourism and Design in Dubai” a paper accepted for presentation and publication at the proceedings of the 2nd World Ecotourism Conference, 8 – 11 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rghei, Amer (2010) “Planning for Musandam Peninsula: The Emirates and Oman”. The paper has been accepted for publication at the Modern Asian Architecture Network.

Rghei, Amer (2009) “Behind the Sahara Dunes: Exploring the Ancient Green City of Ghadamès”, A paper published in the Refereed Conference Proceedings of Adobe USA 2009, PP. 67-71. Editors: Mitchell, Tracy and Quentin Wilson – ISBN – 978-0-9824660-01.

Rghei, Amer and A Abufayed (2007) “Urban Adobe Structures”. A paper published in the refereed proceedings of The Forth International Adobe Conference 2007, PP. 128-135. Editors: Tracy Mitchell and Quentin Wilson – ID 846783.

Rghei, Amer. (2006) “Hospitality and Tourism: Planning for Sustainability”. A paper for the proceedings and presentation at the CAUTHE 2006 Conference Melbourne, Victoria, Australia February 6-9, 2006.

Rghei, A. and A. Abufayed (2005), “The Beauty of Living in Earthen Cities: A 21st – Century Assessment and Prospect with special reference to Ghadames, Libya”, a paper presented at the Living in Earthen Cities – KERPIC’05 Conference during July 6-7, 2005, Istanbul – Turkey.

Rghei, Amer. (2005), “Heritage, Diversity, and Cultural Landscapes in the Middle East”, A Paper presented and published in the proceedings of the HERITAGE, DIVERSITY and CULTURAL LANDCSAPES Conference during February7-9, 2005, Canberra, Australia.

Rghei, Amer. (2002), “Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management: Tourism Planning in the Sahara Desert” A paper at The International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation which will be held in Amman; Zarqa; and Patra, Jordan from August 12-18, 2002, Organized by The Jordan Queen Rania’s Institute of Tourism and heritage, Hashemite University, Jordan.

Rghei, Amer. (2001) “The Challenge to Environmental Security: A Strategy for Architectural Design and Planning with Comfort and Sustainability”, A paper presented at The Shargah Solar Energy Conference incorporating with the 7th Arab International Solar Energy Conference and the Regional World Renewable Energy Conference, held in Shargah UAE from 19 – 22 February 2001.

Rghei, Amer. (2001) “Planning for the Middle East with a multi-dimensional strategic approach; the role of heritage cities in the global and the regional economy”, A paper published at the 3rd Sharjah Symposium Proceedings on Vision Planning in the Age of Globalization: The Role of Cities in the Global and the Regional Economy. Held in Sharjah during April 17 – 18, 2000 and organized by Directorate of Town Planning & Survey, Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Rghei, Amer. (2000) “Planning Process and Monitoring Sustainability from a Whole Environmental Perspective” pp.340-344, A paper published at the 2nd Sharjah Symposium Proceedings on “Urbanization, Urban Theory and Planning in the Middle East: The Role of Visible and Invisible Factors in the Next Millennium”, Held in Sharjah during April 18 – 21, 1999, Edited by Research and Study Section, Directorate of Planning and Survey, Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Rghei, Amer. (1998) “Protecting and Modernizing of Architectural Heritage”. A paper presented at the Arabic Architecture: Past, Present, and Future Conference, May 16 -20, 1998, Dhamar and Sana’a, Yemen. Organized by Arab Scientific Research Union and University of Sana’a and University of Dhamar, and Ministry of Housing and Development, Yemen.

Rghei, Amer. (1997) “Environmental Strategy for Efficiency and Comfort: Working on Energy Audit”. A paper presented at the Symposium of Modern Development in Architectural Design and Construction Methods with their Impact on Energy Conscious and Use in the Arab World, August 19-21, 1997, Amman, Jordan.

Rghei, A.(1997) “The Role of Craft Industry in Tourism Development”. A paper presented at the First National Symposium on Craft Industry, May 28 -29, 1997, Gharyan, Libya. Organized by Secretariat of Tourism and National Craft Centre, Gharyan.

Rghei, Amer. (1997) “Planning for Tourism in the Sahara Desert: A Strategy for Sustainable Development”. A paper presented at Desert Tourism Seminar, May 9 – 11, 1997, Ghadamis, Libya, organized by the Secretariat of Tourism and United Nations Centre for Human Settlements – Habitat.

Rghei, Amer. and J.G. Nelson (1996) “Environmental Resources in the Mediterranean Areas” A paper presented and published in the NATO Advanced Workshop on Heritage Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development, August 26-30, 1996, Krakow, Poland.

Rghei, Amer. (1996) “Monitoring Human Settlements: Key Urban Indicators”. A paper presented at the City Summit – Habitat II, Istanbul, Turkey, 3 -14 April, 1996.

Rghei, Amer. (1995) “A Strategy to Integrate both Traditional and Contemporary Characteristics through Conserving, Redeveloping, and enhancing Environmental and Historic Conditions”. A research work presented at a Symposium on the Use of Technical and Modern Management Techniques in Municipalities, April 16-18, 1995, Amman, Jordan, organized and published by the Arab Urban Development Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Rghei, Amer. (1994) “Heritage Impact Assessment: Preserving, Planning, and Managing Traditional Environments”. A paper presented at the Fourth Conference of the International Association for the Study for Traditional Environments, held in Tunis, Tunisia, December12-15, 1994 and organized by the Centre for Environmental Design Research, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

(4) Papers Presented at International Conferences: 

Rghei, Amer (2013) Rapid Globalization vis-à-vis Urban Sustainability with Special Reference to Dubai the 2013 International Conference on Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development (SPSD 2013), 30 August – 01 September 2013, Beijing, China.

Rghei, Amer (2013) The Ancient Oasis of Ghadames’ Image and Memory of the Sahara’s Heritage: Survival and Challenges of the 21st Century, The 8th International conference on City, Image and Memory: Heritage & its challenges in the 21st century, May 21-24, 2013, Santiago de Cuba, CUBA.

Rghei, Amer (2011) “Ecocultural Sustainability in Wadi Hadhramout, Yemen” A paper accepted for presentation at the Seventh International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability – 5 to 7 January 2011 – Hamilton, New Zealand.

Nelson, G. and Rghei, Amer (2010), “Comparing Desert Tourism with Special Reference to Arizona and the United Arab Emirates” A paper to be presented at the 11th International Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference during 12 to 14 November 2010, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

Rghei, Amer (2010) Internationalization, Urbanization and Modernity in Dubai, A paper for the CU: ADS2010 Architecture and Design Symposium, 15 September 2010, Bangkok, Thailand.

Rghei, Amer and Nelson, G. (2010) “From Souks to Malls Heritage, Commerce, Tourism and Design in Dubai” accepted for presentation at the 2nd World Ecotourism Conference, 8 – 11 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rghei, Amer (2009) “Cultural Tourism: Planning for Sustainability in the Sahara Region”, a paper presented at the 10th International Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference, 13-15 November 2009, Bangkok, Thailand. in alliance with the World Cultural Tourism Association and the Department of Tourism Management, Honam University, South Korea.

Rghei, Amer (2009) “Behind the Sahara Dunes: Exploring the Ancient Green City of Ghadamès” A paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Earth Architecture during May 15-16, 2009, El Rito, New Mexico, USA.

Rghei, Amer (2009) “Planning for Musandam Peninsula: The Emirates and Oman”, A paper presented at the Asian Cities: Legacies of Modernity, the7th International Conference, 23-25 FEB 2009, New Delhi, India.

Rghei, Amer (2009) “The Dubai Interiors: Meeting Points and Significance of Design”, A paper presented at the INTERIORS International Conference, September 18-21, 2009, Ustron, Poland.

Rghei, Amer and Nelson, G. (2008) “Designing Protected Areas of Dubai, Past, Present, Future”, A paper presented at Parks for Tomorrow 40th Anniversary Conference on Canadian Parks and Protected Areas, May 8-13, 2008, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Nelson, G. and Rghei, Amer (2008)”Explosive Growth, Protected Areas and Conservation Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)”, A paper presented at Parks for Tomorrow 40th Anniversary Conference on Canadian Parks and Protected Areas, May 8-13, 2008, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A Abufayed, and Rghei, Amer (2008) “Adobe Cities of Libya: Unique World Heritage Architecture at Risk”, A paper presented at the Terra 2008 – Tenth International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage, February 1 – 5, 2008, Bamako, Mali.

Rghei, Amer and A Abufayed (2007) “Urban Adobe Structures”, a paper presented at The Forth International Adobe USA Conference 2007, May18, 19, 20, El Rito, New Mexico, USA.

Rghei, Amer. (2006) “Hospitality and Tourism: Planning for Sustainability”, A paper presented at the CAUTHE 2006 Conference Melbourne, Victoria, Australia February 6-9, 2006.

Rghei, A. and A. Abufayed (2005), “The Beauty of Living in Earthen Cities: A 21st – Century Assessment and Prospect”, a paper presented at the Living in Earthen Cities – KERPIC’05 Conference during July 6-7, 2005, Istanbul – Turkey.

A Abufayed, and Rghei, Amer (2005) “Urban Planning and Architecture of the Historic City of Ghadames, Libya: Lessons from the Past for Cities of the Future”, A paper presented at the Ninth International Conference on Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture, June 22 – 24, 2005, Malta.

Rghei, Amer. (2005), The Renovation of Earthen Settlements in North Africa: A Strategic Approach to Underground Heritage”, A paper presented and published in the proceedings of the THIRD ANNUAL ADOBE Conference during May 20 – 22, 2005, El Rito, New Mexico, USA.

Rghei, Amer. (2005), “Heritage, Diversity, and Cultural Landscapes in the Middle East”, A Paper presented and published in the proceedings of the HERITAGE, DIVERSITY and CULTURAL LANDCSAPES Conference during February7-9, 2005, Canberra, Australia.

Rghei, Amer. (2002), “Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management: Tourism Planning in the Sahara Desert” A paper presented at The International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation held in Amman; Zarqa; and Patra, Jordan from August 12 – 18, 2002, Organized by The Jordan Queen Rania’s Institute of Tourism and heritage, Hashemite University, Jordan.

Rghei, Amer. (2001) “The Challenge to Environmental Security: A Strategy for Architectural Design and Planning with Comfort and Sustainability”, A paper presented at The Shargah Solar Energy Conference incorporating with the 7th Arab International Solar Energy Conference and the Regional World Renewable Energy Conference, held in Shargah UAE from 19 – 22 February 2001.

Rghei, Amer. (2000) “Planning for the Middle East with a multi-dimensional strategic approach; the role of heritage cities in the global and the regional economy”, 3rd Sharjah Symposium on Vision Planning in the Age of Globalization: The Role of Cities in the Global and the Regional Economy. Held in Sharjah from April 17 – 18, 2000 and organized by Directorate of Town Planning & Survey, Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Rghei, Amer. (1999) “Cultural Landscapes in Yemen”, A paper presented at the Annual Conference of Borderlands: The Shared Canadian and US Experience of Landscape, from June 2 – 5, 1999, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Rghei, Amer. (1999) “Planning Process and Monitoring Sustainability from a Whole Environmental Perspective” A paper at the 2nd Sharjah Symposium on Urban Planning: The Role of Urban Planning in the Middle East, held in Sharjah from April 10 – 11, 1999 and organized by Directorate of Town Planning and Survey, Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Rghei, Amer. (1998) “Protecting and Modernizing of Architectural Heritage”. A paper presented at the Arabic Architecture: Past, Present, and Future Conference, May 16 -20, 1998, Dhamar and Sana’a, Yemen. Organized by Arab Scientific Research Union and University of Sana’a and University of Dhamar, and Ministry of Housing and Development, Yemen.

Rghei, Amer. and J.G. Nelson (1996) “Environmental Resources in the Mediterranean Areas” A paper presented at the NATO Advanced Workshop on Heritage Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development, August 26-30, 1996, Krakow, Poland.

Rghei, Amer. (1997) “Environmental Strategy for Efficiency and Comfort: Working on Energy Audit”. A paper presented at the Symposium of Modern Development in Architectural Design and Construction Methods with their Impact on Energy Conscious and Use in the Arab World, August 19-21, 1997, Amman, Jordan.

Rghei, A.(1997) “The Role of Craft Industry in Tourism Development”. A paper presented at the First National Symposium on Craft Industry, May 28 -29, 1997, Gharyan, Libya. Organized by Secretariat of Tourism and National Craft Centre, Gharyan.

Rghei, Amer. (1997) “Planning for Tourism in the Sahara Desert: A Strategy for Sustainable Development”. A paper presented at Desert Tourism Seminar, May 9 – 11, 1997, Ghadamis, Libya, organized by the Secretariat of Tourism and United Nations Centre for Human Settlements – Habitat.

Rghei, Amer. (1995) “A Strategy to Integrate both Traditional and Contemporary Characteristics through Conserving, Redeveloping, and enhancing Environmental and Historic Conditions”. A research work presented at a Symposium on the Use of Technical and Modern Management Techniques in Municipalities, April 16-18, 1995, Amman, Jordan, organized and published by the Arab Urban Development Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Rghei, Amer. (1996) “Monitoring Human Settlements: Key Urban Indicators”. A paper presented at the City Summit – Habitat II, Istanbul, Turkey, 3 -14, 1996.

Rghei, Amer. (1994) “Heritage Impact Assessment: Preserving, Planning, and Managing Traditional Environments”. A paper presented at the Fourth Conference of the International Association for the Study for Traditional Environments, held in Tunis, Tunisia, December12-15, 1994 and organized by the Centre for Environmental Design Research, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Rghei, Amer (2003), “Living Spaces – Historic and Contemporary Canadian Homes”, A lecture delivered at University of Waterloo, Ontario on April 12, 2002.

Rghei, Amer (2002), “Home Design in Owen Sound Area: A Historical Review”, A lecture delivered at the Urban heritage Seminar, Montreal, Quebec during January 21- 24, 2002.

Rghei, Amer. (1999) “Heritage Significance and Conservation Strategy”, A Seminar presented at Aligarh University, Aligarh, India, April 1 – 2, 1999.

Rghei, Amer. (1998) “Mud Architecture: Understanding and Searching for better Architecture and Development” A Seminar presented at Mud Architecture Seminar, 11-16 January 1998, Sayoun; Shibam; and Tareem, Hadhramout, Yemen, Organized by Hadhramout University of Science and Technology.

Rghei, Amer. (1997) “Environmental Strategy for Efficiency and Comfort: Working on Energy Audit”. A paper presented at the Symposium of Modern Development in Architectural Design and Construction Methods with their Impact on Energy Conscious and Use in the Arab World, 19-21 August 1997, Amman, Jordan.

Rghei, Amer. (1996) “A Special Call to Rescue Architectural Heritage in Libya”. A paper presented at Heritage Seminar, 16 -Jebel Al-Gharbi University, Jadu.

Rghei, Amer. (1996) “Technical Development with Passive Architectural Design: Comparing the Environmental Performance in Traditional and Contemporary Architecture”. A paper presented at Bio-architecture and Passive Energy Workshop, 7-21 April 1996, Malta, Foundation for International Studies, University of Malta, Malta.

Rghei, Amer. (1995) “Planning for Heritage Cities: Focusing on Quebec City, Fez, Marrakesh, Madrid, Seville and Tripoli” Invited Scholar to Heritage Resources Centre, University of Waterloo, Canada, Nov. 29, 1995.

Rghei, Amer. (1992) Invited Speaker to Heritage Planning in an Urban Context Seminar
On November 20, 1992, Heritage Resources Centre, University of Waterloo, Canada

Rghei, Amer (1991), “Preserving, Planning and Managing Historic Heritage in different communities of the World: A comparative Study presented at Environmental Impact Assessment and Heritage Seminar, Toronrto, Ontario, October 16, 1991.

Rghei, Amer (1992), “From Architecture to Design”, A Seminar presented at Towards Greater Understanding and Use of Historic Architecture Workshop, Calgary, Alberta, November 5 – 6, 1992.

Rghei, Amer (1989) “Urbanization, conservation and sustainable development: the case of Kitchener, Ontario “Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development Conference, May 14 -19, 1989, Ottawa, Quebec City and Tadoussac.

Reading and Lectures

• Invited as a Keynote Speaker and lecturer guest to deliver lectures, and professional talks, organize workshops and an international juror for several intuitions and in different countries such as Korea, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, India, Tunisia, Kirgizstan, Sweden, Malta, Morocco, Australia, Canada and USA.

• Guest Speaker and External Examiner Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering, International Educational Cooperation (KazGASA/IEC), Sept 5-7, 2014, Bishkek Kirgizstan.

• Students Competition Advisor to BUSAN International Architectural Design Workshop (BiADW) August 20 – 25, 2014, Busan, South Korea.

• Guest Speaker The 5th International Architectural Paint Research Conference, “Interdisciplinary Innovation through Baseline Proficiencies”, March 12-15, 2014, Stockholm, Sweden.

• Students Competition Advisor to BUSAN International Architectural Design Workshop (BiADW) August 21 – 26, 2013, Busan, South Korea.

• Guest Speaker at the VIII INTERNATIONAL MEETING CITY IMAGE AND MEMORY, May 21-24, 2013, Santiago de Cuba, CUBA.

• Guest Speaker at the Earth USA 2013, October 4 – 6, 2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

• Guest Speaker at Bridging Modernity and Heritage Environments “the International Convention on Sustainable Built Environment” Nov. 5 – 7, 2012, Johor, Malaysia.

• Students Competition Advisor to the International Festival Architecture Design (student competition advisor), August 22 – 27, 2012, Busan, Korea.

• Guest Speaker and External Examiner Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering, International Educational Cooperation (KazGASA/IEC), Oct 30-Nov.3, 2011, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

• Student Competition advisor 2012 BUSAN International Architectural Design Workshop (BiADW), August 20 – 25, 2012, Busan, South Korea.

• Reviewer and main Guest Speaker at the International Seminar on Livable Space: Creating Space for Better Life, 16 -17 Feb. 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia.

• Invited External Examiner for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs at University of Trisakti, June 20 – July 14, 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia.

• Invited Workshop Organizer “International Workshop on Modernity vis-a-vis Traditionalism, June 25 – July 4, 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia.
• Invited Guest Speaker: Architectural Modern Style with Reference to the Local Design Character in Indonesia, Dubai and the Middle East June 25 – July 4, 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia.

• Invited to the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Dec 13 2009 – Jan 6, 2010, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

• Invited Scholar and External Review Examiner, “Sustainable Design and innovative Technology”. University of Triaskti, 25 June – 3 July, 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia.

• Guest Speaker at the Asian Cities: Legacies of Modernity, the7th International Conference, 23-25 FEB 2009, New Delhi, India.

• Guest Speaker and External Examiner at the “International Architecture and Interior Design Experience”, 2 – 8 January 2008, Invited Scholar and External Jury Examiner to Aligarh University, Aligarh, India.

• External Examiner and Workshop Organizer, Triaskti University, 2 – 6 May 2007, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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