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Associate Professor
Department of Architecture
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Brief Biography

Khaled Tarabeih is an associate professor at The American University in Cairo (AUC) and the associate chair of the architecture department. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in architectural engineering from Alexandria University, and both a master's in city planning (MCP) and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in the planning of energy-efficient urban environments, high-performance building design, certification, and assessment. Prior to joining AUC, he worked as an assistant professor of sustainable design at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, as well as an adjunct professor at Drexel University. He served as the technical adviser for the development of the energy section for the new STAR rating system with AASHE, a co-founder and active member of the Egyptian Green Building Council (EGGBC), and former affiliate with the T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he took part in the development of the Qatari Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) in Qatar. 

Tarabieh is a LEED-accredited professional and initiator of the LEED lab at AUC collaboration with the United States Green Building Council, a QSAS-certified green professional with expertise in green buildings design, construction, and assessment using different types of rating systems. He was selected as one of 21 emerging leaders from the Delaware Valley Region (PA-NJ-DL) for a prestigious year-long fellowship program, the Environmental Leadership Program, aimed at enhancing the capacity of the environmental movement. In addition to his academic work, he has developed 2years of experience as a professional architect and project manager in the US and served as the director of project management for real estate services for the University of Pennsylvania, where he managed a portfolio of healthcare, office and residential projects. He offers consultations to several professional firms in Egypt and the Gulf region and provides professional training and support in the areas of LEED, EDGE and BREEAM certification, green building design and sustainable urban planning.

At AUC, he teaches sustainability in the architectural design core studio, Professional Practice, Design Management and Codes and serves as a frequent adviser to the graduation project studio. He is the primary contact and is responsible for the operation of the Building Sciences Lab – The Sustainable Design Group, and currently conducts research on the thermal performance of building envelope materials for residential buildings in Egypt and the assessment of its ecological impact, an adviser and developer of the University carbon footprint report bi-annual report in collaboration with the sustainability office as well as the chair of Library and Learning Technologies, and is an active member in both the campus-wide energy and carbon committees.

    Research Interest
    • Thermal performance of building envelope materials for residential buildings in Egypt
    • Internet of things (IOT) Prototype development for smart building systems
    • Development of thermally efficient, light and cost effective building materials for Agile buildings
    • Development of smart façade architecture
    • Carbon offsets and footprint accounting for educational buildings
    • Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning (2009). School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – USA.
    • Master of City Planning (2000). School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – USA.
    • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Architecture (1994). Architectural Engineering Department, Alexandria University - Egypt.