Full Name:
Sherif Morad Abdelkader Abdelmohsen
Academic Rank:
Associate Professor
ASU Email:
sherifmorad@eng.asu.edu.eg
Departmment:
Architecture Engineering
Graduation Year:
2000

Dr. Sherif Morad Abdelmohsen is Associate Professor (on leave) at the Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University, and Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design Computing at the Department of Architecture, American University in Cairo (AUC). He received his PhD in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (2011) and his MSc (2004) and BSc (2000) in Architectural Engineering from Ain Shams University. He is a licensed architect in Egypt, R&D developer and team leader at UNii Engineering Consultancy, researcher in the area of computer aided architectural design (CAAD), and has been involved in teaching and research at U.S. and Egyptian universities including Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Ain Shams University, British University in Egypt (BUE), Future University in Egypt (FUE), and Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT). His research interests involve a variety of topics related to CAAD, digital media and design cognition, including building information modeling (BIM) and preoccupancy evaluation, space layout planning (SLP) and automated building review systems, intelligent facility and asset management, generative and parametric design and digital fabrication, interactive and responsive architecture, analyzing design activity, and qualitative methods in understanding the relationship between design and technology. His recent research focuses on how digital technologies can enhance conceptualization-to-fabrication as well as operation and facility management workflows, how they can be evaluated in situated practice, and how to develop technologies based on the activity-oriented tacit view of the workplace. He has publications in journals and conferences including Automation in Construction (AUTCON), Advanced Engineering Informatics (ADVEI), International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Architectural Design (AD), Revista DeArquitectura, CAADFutures, ACADIA, eCAADe, DCC, IBPSA, DRS, CAADRIA, SIGRADI, IASDR, PACT and ASCAAD. He also served as reviewer for the Automation in Construction and Ain Shams Engineering journals, eCAADe, CAAD Futures, ASCAAD and ACADIA conference venues. In 2012, he was awarded the faculty award of merit for best doctoral presentation, and in 2009 he was awarded the ARCC/King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design Research.


Degrees:
PhD in Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA (2/11/2011)

MSc in Architectural Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt (28/2/2004)

BSc in Architectural Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt (7/10/2000)
Awards:
Young Active Researcher Award, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
For outstanding research activity and effort (AY 2012/2013), June 2013

Faculty Award of Merit for Best Doctoral Presentation
Recipient of award, School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 2012

ARCC/ KING Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design Research (http://www.arccweb.org/kingawd.htm)
Georgia Institute of Technology Recipient for AY 2008/2009, April 2009

Certificate of Achievement, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
April 2005

Ain Shams University Annual Science Fair Honorary Award
Recipient of AY 2003/2004 distinguished graduate students award, 2004

Books:
Abdelmohsen, S. (2012), Communication of Design Intent in BIM-Enabled Architectural Practice: An Ethnographically Informed Analysis, Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP) GmbH & Co. KG, Saarbrücken, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-8473-7859-4.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2008), Beijing National Aquatics Center, in C Eastman, P Teicholz, R Sacks and K Liston, BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors, Wiley, pp. 375 – 388. [Book Chapter]
Published Research:
Mansour, Y., Iscandar, M., Abdelmohsen, S. and Yassa, N. (2016), Workplace Creativity between Theory and Practice, Middle East Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 4, 878-883, ISSN 2077-4613.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2014), An Inquiry into Designing in Context using Generative Systems, International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Vol. 12, No. 4, 477-494.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2014), A BIM-based Framework for Outdoor Circulation Rule Checking, in Revista DeArquitectura, Académico Departamento de Urbanismo, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Chile, Chile, No. 26, pp. 20-28.

Hosny, S., Elkholy, G., Abdelmohsen, S. and Mazen, M. (2013), Enhancing BIM Workflow Using the Auto-Finish Macro (AFM), Journal of Al Azhar University Engineering Sector (JAUES), Vol. 8, No. 26, 214-223.

Lee, J.-K., Lee, J., Jeong, Y.-S., Sheward, H., Sanguinetti, P., Abdelmohsen, S. & Eastman, C. (2012), Development of Space Database for Automated Building Design Review Systems, Automation in Construction, Vol. 24, 203-212, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2012.03.002.

Sanguinetti, P., Abdelmohsen, S., Lee, J.M., Lee, J.K., Sheward, H. & Eastman, C. (2012), General System Architecture for BIM: An Integrated Approach for Design and Analysis, Advanced Engineering Informatics, Vol. 26, Issue 2, 317-333, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2011.12.001.

Eastman, C., Lee, J.-K., Sheward, H., Sanguinetti, P., Jeong, Y.-S., Lee, J. & Abdelmohsen, S. (2009), Automated Assessment of Early Concept Designs, in Architectural Design, Vol. 79 No. 2: 52-57, DOI: 10.1002/ad.851.

Hosny, S. & Abdelmohsen, S. (2004), Integrating Intelligent Mixed Reality in Architectural Education: A Theoretical Model, in Al Azhar University Engineering Journal, Cairo, Egypt, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 557-568.
Published Research in Confernces:
Abdelmohsen S., Assem A., Tarabishy S., Ibrahim A. (2017), A Heuristic Approach for the Automated Generation of Furniture Layout Schemes in Residential Spaces, In: Gero J. (eds) Design Computing and Cognition '16. Springer, Cham, pp 459-475. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44989-0_25.
2016

Yassa, N., Abdelmohsen, S., Mansour, Y. and Iscandar, M. (2016), “This Office makes me more Creative”: Creative Class Workers’ Experiences in Innovative Office Spaces, BUE International Conference on Sustainable Vital Technologies in Engineering and Informatics (BUE ACE1 SVT2016).

Abdelmohsen, S. and Tarabishy, S. (2016), Optimized Design to Robotic Production: Integrating Multipoint Forming and Free Form Material Deposition in the Mass Customization of Double Curved Facades, in H. Abdalla, S. Abdelmohsen, A. Barracco, G. Retsin and M. Amer (eds.), proceedings of the International Conference of Parallelism in Architecture, Environment and Computing (PACT), pp. 109-116.

Abdelmohsen, S., Massoud, P., Tarabishy, S. and Hassab, A. (2016), Rule-based versus Intuition-based Generative Design: An Inquiry into the Digital Chain Concept in Undergraduate Architectural Education, in H. Abdalla, S. Abdelmohsen, A. Barracco, G. Retsin and M. Amer (eds.): proceedings of the International Conference of Parallelism in Architecture, Environment and Computing (PACT), pp. 269-281.

Abdelmohsen, S., Massoud, P. and Elshafei, A. (2016), Using Tensegrity and Folding to Generate Soft Responsive Architectural Skins, in proceedings of the 34th eCAADe International Conference, Oulu, Finland, Vol. 1, pp. 529-536.

Bakir, R. and Abdelmohsen, S. (2016), Integrating Nanotechnology in the Design Process: An Ethnographic Study in Architectural Practice in Egypt, in P. Lloyd and E. Bohemia (Eds.): Future-Focused Thinking: proceedings of the Design Research Society (DRS 2016) 50th International Conference, Brighton, UK, Vol. 5, pp. 1971-1986.

Mansour, Y., Abdelmohsen, S., Mostafa, A., and Bakir, R. (2016), The Injection of Nanotechnology in the Architectural Design Process, in proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Nanotechnology in Construction (NTC 2016), Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Fathy, F., Mansour, Y., Sabry, H., Abdelmohsen, S. and Wagdy, A. (2015), Cellular Automata for Efficient Daylighting Performance: Optimized Façade Treatment, in proceedings BS2015: 14th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Hyderabad, India, pp. 2705-2711.

Abdelmohsen, S. and Massoud, P. (2015), Making Sense of those Batteries and Wires: Parametric Modeling between Emergence and Autonomy, in G. Celani, D.M. Sperling and J.M.S. Franco (Eds.): The Next City: proceedings of the 16th CAAD Futures 2015 International Conference, © Biblioteca Central Cesar Lattes 2015, Sao Paulo, Brazil, pp. 279-296.

Abdelmohsen, S. and Massoud, P. (2015), Integrating Responsive and Kinetic Systems in the Design Studio: A Pedagogical Framework, in B. Martens, G. Wurzer, T. Grasl, W.E. Lorenz, and R. Schaffranek, (Eds.): Real Time: proceedings of the 33rd eCAADe Conference, Volume 2, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, pp. 71-80.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2014), A BIM-based Framework for Assessing Architectural Competition Entries, in E.M. Thompson (ed.), Fusion, proceedings of the 32nd Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe International Conference (eCAADe 2014), Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Volume 2, pp. 473-483.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2013), Reconfiguring Architectural Space using Generative Design and Digital Fabrication: A Project Based Course, in proceedings of XVII Congreso de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Grafica Digital (SIGRADI 2013), Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile, pp. 391-395.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2012), Genres of Communication Interfaces in BIM-Enabled Architectural Practice, in proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2012), College of Architectural Engineering and Design, The Kingdom University, Manama, Bahrain, pp. 81-91.

Abdelmohsen, S., Lee, J.-K. & Eastman, C. (2011), Automated Cost Analysis of Concept Design BIM Models, in P. Leclercq, A. Heylighen, and G. Martin (eds.), Designing Together: CAAD Futures 2011, PUL, pp. 403-418.

Abdelmohsen, S. & El-Khouly, T. (2009), Representing Reflective Practice in a Remote Design Collaboration Process, in digital proceedings of the 3rd Conference of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2009), COEX, Seoul, Korea, pp. 1317 - 1326.

Abdelmohsen, S. & Do, E. (2009), Analyzing the Significance of Problem Solving Expertise and Computational Tool Proficiency in Design Ideation, in T. Tidafi and T. Dorta (eds.), Joining Languages, Cultures and Visions: CAAD Futures 2009, PUM, pp. 273 – 287.

Abdelmohsen, S. & Do, E. (2008), Energy Puppet: An Ambient Awareness Interface for Home Energy Consumption, in digital proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Social Intelligence Design (SID 2008), School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Abdelmohsen, S. (2008), Building Information Modeling and Architectural Practice: On the Verge of a New Culture, in proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Critical Digital, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 85-89.

Abdelmohsen, S. & Do, E. (2007), Tracking Design Development through Decomposing Sketching Processes, in Proceedings of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2007), Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Hong Kong.

Sanguinetti, P. & Abdelmohsen, S. (2007), On the Strategic Integration of Sketching and Parametric Modeling in Conceptual Design, in Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA 2007), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, pp. 242-249.

Abdelmohsen, S. & Do, E. (2007), TangiCAD: Tangible Interface for Manipulating Architectural 3D Models, in proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2007), Nanjing, China, pp. 29-36.

Educational and Research Projects:
January 2017 – Present
Soft Adaptive Building Skins for Energy Efficient Architecture
[Funded by the Bartlett Family Fund: $50,000]
Role: Co-Investigator, Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Goal: Exploring material and structural behavior of soft adaptive skins.
[Sigrid Adriaenssens (PI), Guy Nordenson, Sherif Abdelmohsen, Passaint Massoud, Rana Bahaa, Aly Magdy, Tasbeh Mokbel]

August 2016 – Present
Responsive Brick Walls
[Conducted at The American University in Cairo]
Role: Research Investigator, Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Goal: Developing thermally responsive walls through parametric brick configurations.
[AUC Team: Khaled Tarabieh, Sherif Abdelmohsen, Yomna El-Ghazi, Rana Bahaa, Asmaa Gamal, Mariam Amer]

September 2015 – October 2016
Intelligent Facility Management (iFM)
[Funded by UNii Engineering Consultancy]
Role: R&D Developer and Team Leader, UNii Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Goal: Developing automated systems for space layout planning, and facility, asset and property management using heuristic methods.
[UNii R&D Core Team: Sherif Abdelmohsen, Ayman Assem, Mohammed Ezzeldin, Ahmed Ibrahim]

July 2015 – Present
Soft Responsive Architectural Skins: Integrating Parametric Modeling, Physical Computing and Lightweight Structures to design Kinetic Façade Systems
[Funded by the American University in Cairo]
Role: Principal Investigator (PI), Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Goal: Developing low-cost and energy-saving kinetic façade skins using soft responsive systems.
[AUC Team: Sherif Abdelmohsen (PI), Passaint Massoud, Ahmed Elshafei, Tasbeh Mokbel]

January 2013 – September 2014
Planning and Project Management of E-JUST New Campus
[Funded by the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education]
Role: Research Manager and member of FEDA CORELAB team, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Goal: Developing interface for automated assessment, planning and management of E-JUST new campus project using BIM/GIS platform.
[FEDA CORELAB Team: Yasser Mansour (Head), Ashraf Nessim, Sherif Abdelmohsen, Hazem ElDaly, Ayman Assem, Hossam Massoud, Manar Mohammad, Mohammad Mekawy, Fatma Fathy, Aya Elsisy]

June 2007 – September 2010
GSA Project: BIM Enabled Design Guide Automation
[Funded by the United States General Services Administration (GSA)]
Role: Member of Georgia Tech team, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Goal: Developing interface for cost estimation from preliminary concept design BIM models for U.S. courthouse buildings using Solibri Model Checker (SMC) and Parametric Cost Engineering System (PACES)
[Georgia Tech Team: Charles Eastman (PI), Yeon-Suk Jeong, Jaemin Lee, Jin-Kook Lee, Paola Sanguinetti, Hugo Sheward, Sherif Abdelmohsen]

Consulting and Engineering Projects:
KRAFT|Studio
•“Winter Stations” Competition Entry, Toronto, Canada
•New Connection Office Building (NCOB), Fifth Settlement, Cairo, Egypt (BIM Consultancy and Management)
•Parametric “Mafroka” installation, Cairo, Egypt (Winning Design + Industry competition entry)
•Parametric “Diamond” installation, Cairo, Egypt
•Next7 Competition Entry, Arch2O, Cairo, Egypt

FEDA CoReLAB (Project Management Unit), Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
•Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology (E-JUST) New Campus Project, Borg El-Arab, Egypt (Project Management)

Cube Consultants
•Hotel in AlMadina AlMunawarah, Saudi Arabia

YMCA Consultants
•Frankfurt Bookfair – Arab World Guest of Honor, Frankfurt, Germany
Forum Hall, Exterior Tent, Theatre, and Interior Halls Design
•Egyptian Pavilion in Frankfurt Bookfair, Frankfurt, Germany
•Arab Pavilion in Frankfurt Bookfair, Frankfurt, Germany
•Cairo International Bookfair Interior Design Proposal, Cairo, Egypt
•Nasr City Fairground Design Development, Cairo, Egypt

Consultant Office (Maged Fahmy, Emad Aziz)
•Baghdadiyah Residential Complex, Saudi Arabia
•A number of private villas, Saudi Arabia

Consultant Office (Prof. Morad AbdelKader)
•San El-Hagar Museum, Sharkeya Governorate, Egypt
•Development of North Gamaleya Project, Cairo, Egypt
•Touristic Resort, Hurghada, Egypt
•Horus Residential and Commercial Complex, Giza, Egypt
•Fardos Gardens, El-Zohor Grouping, El-Wahat Road, Egypt
•Villa El-Refaie, Sabry, Saleh, Hisham, Shehata and Yassin, Cairo, Egypt

Center for Developing Historic Cairo, Citadel
•Development of North Gamaleya sector, Cairo, Egypt

Competitions
•Science City Competition, 6th of October City, Cairo, Egypt, 2016
Design Team: UNii Engineering Consultancy, Cairo Office
•eVolo Skyscraper Competition, 2016
Design Team: Khaled Tarabieh, Sherif Abdelmohsen, Passaint Massoud, Islam Mashaly, Ahmed Elshafei
•Winter Stations Competition, 2014
Design Team: KRAFT|Studio (Founder: Sherif Abdelmohsen)
•Next7 | Arch2O Competition, 2014
Design Team: KRAFT|Studio (Founder: Sherif Abdelmohsen)
•Design + Industry Competition, Egyptian Furniture Export Council, Cairo, Egypt, 2013 (Winning Entry, FURNEX Exhibition)
Design Team: KRAFT|Studio (Founder: Sherif Abdelmohsen)
•Building for Bouwkunde Ideas Competition (Design of the Faculty of Architecture Campus, University of Delft, Netherlands), 2008
Design Team: Tamer El-Khouly, Sherif Abdelmohsen
•Residential Commercial Complex, Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia, 2001
Design Team: Hany Abdullah, Sherif Abdelmohsen
•Office Building Complex, 6th of October City, Egypt, 2001
Design Team: Mohammad Gabr, Tamer El-Khouly, Waleed Hosny, Sherif Abdelmohsen
•Pharmaceuticals’ Syndicate Club, Giza, Egypt, 2001
Design Team: Mohammad Gabr, Tamer El-Khouly, Waleed Hosny, Sherif Abdelmohsen

Supervised Thesis:
Masters Students
1- Fatma Fathy, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University (Thesis Defense Date: 01/2016)
Thesis Title: Utilizing Genetic Algorithms and Parametric Design for Efficient Daylighting Performance in Educational Spaces

2- Engy Habib, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University (Thesis Defense Date: 03/2014)
Thesis Title: Towards Biogenesis in Architecture

3- Mohamed Mazen Mohamed, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University (Thesis Defense Date: 09/2013)
Thesis Title: Using BIM Technology in Developing the Building Process

4- Noran El-Abd, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
Thesis Title: Enhancing the Implementation of BIM in the Egyptian AEC Industry

5- Nourhan Bassam, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
Thesis Title: A Framework for Enhancing User Experience in Existing Exhibit Spaces using Evolutionary Algorithms

6- Ayman Adel, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
Thesis Title: Impact of Interior Wall Configurations on Daylighting Performance using Shape Grammars

7- Yasser Salama, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
Thesis Title: Influence of Evidence-based Design on Hospitals’ Operational Efficiency: Case Study – Space Design of the Intensive Care Unit

8- Shereen Alsharkawy, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
Thesis Title: Towards Using Augmented Reality Techniques in Architectural Education

Doctoral Students
1- Ramy Bakir, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University (Thesis Defense Date: 04/2016)
Thesis Title: The Impact of Nanotechnology on the Environmental Design Process in Egypt

2- Ahmed Eliraqi, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
Thesis Title: The Impact of Parametric Modeling on Creative Outcomes in Design Studio

3- Nancy Maged Yassa, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University
Thesis Title: Analysis of Experiences of Creative Class Workers in the Innovative Workplace

Other:
Research Interests
•Building Information Modeling (BIM) and pre-occupancy evaluation
•Space Layout Planning (SLP) and automated building review systems
•Generative, parametric and algorithmic design, and digital fabrication
•Ambient Intelligence, physical computing and tangible interfaces
•Interactive architecture and responsive systems in the built environment
•Sketch understanding, problem solving, and analyzing design activity
•Qualitative methods in design research