Dr Yasser Megahed

Job: Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: Ext 8648

E: yasser.megahed@dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Yasser Megahed is Senior Lecturer at Leicester School of Architecture, UK. He is a registered architect and researcher with fifteen years of experience in the profession and academia in the UK and the Middle East. Yasser holds a PhD by Design degree from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, as well as MSc, BArch-Eng, Dip Arch. in Architecture from Cairo University. His by-design research culminated in the architectural graphic novel: Practiceopolis, Journeys in the Architectural Profession forthcoming 2020 by Routledge.

Yasser was an associate Architect at Design Office, UK where he was part of the concept design team of the Grade II listed building: the Armstrong Building renovation - shortlisted for the RIBA North East Award 2019.

Previously, I worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Cairo University and as a Senior Architect and design team leader at AUG: Architecture and Urbanism Group - Cairo, where I was involved in several projects and winning architectural competitions covering different building typologies in Egypt and the Middle-East. I have participated in different international architectural competitions and won the first prize in Al-Othaim Shopping mall competition, KSA. Yasser has several publications on Design Research in Architecture, Values of the architectural profession, and graphic novels and design fiction as a tool for architectural research.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Architecture

Research interests/expertise

My research interests include interrogating cultures of contemporary architectural practice through practice-based methodologies, design fiction in addition to a special interest in the use of graphic novels as a technique for communicating architectural ideas. Broadly, my research area involves bridging design research, professional practice research and history and theory of architecture, practice-based design and design fiction as research methods. I have also a special interest in contemporary Mosque design. This research is focused on the Hidden Complexities of Mosques’ Architectural Brief. I am a recurrent invitee for ‘Abdullatif Al Fozan International Award for Mosque Architecture and one of the award's nominators.

Areas of teaching

Design Studio Leader, dissertation

Qualifications

BArch-Eng, Dip Arch, MSc, PhD

Courses taught

2nd Year Design Studio Leader, Year 2 Leader, 3rd Year and MArch dissertation

Honours and awards

  • Award Nominator’ for the third cycle of Abdullatif Alfozan Award for Mosque Architecture - 2018
  • Part of the concept design team of the Grade II listed building: the Armstrong Building renovation - shortlisted for the RIBA North East Award 2019
  • ADH Faculty Research and Enterprise fund for launching ‘Archicomic’: an Innovative specialized research unit that promotes research in architecture and comics as a method for by-design research in architecture
  • GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) award (Co-awarded with Dr. Beniamino Polimeni for the project of ‘Architecture and Migration’

Membership of external committees

Abdullatif Alfozan Award for Mosque Architecture 2019

Projects

  • Practiceopolis, Journeys in the Architectural Profession
  • Architecture and Migration’ with Dr r. Beniamino Polimeni. The project aimed to explore the different ways in which migrants coming from the “global south” have shaped the built environment of the European and Mediterranean countries.

Consultancy work

I have been in practice for many years, working on major projects in the UK and the Middle East:
Design Office, Newcastle UK (2011 - 2018)
I worked as an associate of the Design Office—a design research practice operating out of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, Newcastle University. Within DO, my work focused on design concept and development specifically for buildings with historic values or certain cultural associations. My responsibilities included producing practice-based research around the office’s commissions, client presentations, construction drawings, attending coordination meetings, site visits, as well as producing drawings and information to support planning applications.

My work included:
  • Armstrong Building regeneration project - £25 million Contract
  • Phase 3, 4 and 5 (constructed 2014-17)
  • Boiler House regeneration project (2016)
  • Merz Court regeneration project (constructed 2014)
  • Claremont Gateway project (2012)
  • Vamos pavilion (2014)
  • Barras Bridge Improvement Proposals - Newcastle city council (2014)
  • Bedson Building Entrance (2015)
  • Cochrane Park Sports Pavilion project (2018)

Architecture and Urbanism Group, Cairo, Egypt (2003 -2010)
I worked as Senior Architect and design team leader at AUG: Architecture and Urbanism Group - Cairo, where I was involved in several projects and winning architectural competitions covering different building typologies in Egypt and the Middle-East.

My work included:
  • AL-AHLY NEW CAIRO COMPOUND COMPETITION
  • AL-HOJRAT TOWERS- MAKKAH, SAUDI ARABIA
  • SHEIKH KHALIFA CITY COMPETITION, NEW CAIRO CITY
  • MIRAGE SHOPPING MALL, NEW CAIRO CITY (Built 2010)
  • ROYAL MEADOWS CLUB-CLUB HOUSE-SHEIKH ZAYED CITY (Construction started)
  • DAMAC- PARK AVENUE COMMERCIAL AREA CAIRO/ALEX. DESERT ROAD built 2011)
  • AL-TAHAWY MOSQUE IN 6TH OF OCTOBER CITY (Built 2008)
  • SHOOTING CLUB 6TH OF OCTOBER COMPETITION (Winning project)

OTHER:
The House of Art and Culture UIA International Competition, Beirut (2009)
Al-Othaim Shopping mall competition, KSA, (Winning Project, 2006)
I have won the first prize in ‘Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets’ Shopping Mall Competition at Saudia Arabia over 38 entries of renowned Middle-Eastern architectural firms.

Externally funded research grants information

GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) award (Co-awarded with Dr. Beniamino Polimeni for the project of ‘Architecture and Migration’

ORCID number

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1972-5429

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