Emad M. Afifi

Emad M. Afifi

Emad Afifi, SCAD architecture professor

Emad M. Afifi

  • B.Arch., Cairo University, 1980
  • M.E., Cairo University, 1985
  • D.Arch., University of Michigan, 1994
First year at SCAD:

"University teaching is the art and science of shaping the future of the profession. It is the foundation of a strong, sustainable society and an investment in the future human wealth of a nation. It is from this perspective that I approach teaching architecture to the future designers and builders of the world. Science and technology have advanced exponentially with computer and information technology opening new ways of advancing human achievements. Yet, design is one of the core human endeavors that will continue to be in need of innovative development and refinement through education."


Developing the Building Systems Integration and Performance (BSI+P) Studio, a nationally recognized NCARB prize-winning studio; achieving two full-term NAAB accreditation reviews of the architecture B.F.A. program and an additional successful review of the M.Arch., professional program in collaboration with other academic units at SCAD; leading design/build team of School of Building Arts students and faculty to design the Pei-Ling Chan Garden for the Arts, a collaborative project built by SCAD in historic Savannah in connection with the Centennial Olympic Games; completing doctoral dissertation, "Hybrid Environmental Control Systems: Thermal Performance of an Integrated Double-Envelope Building Model"

Awards, recognition and honors

ASHRAE Student Branch Faculty Advisor of the Year Award; NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Education and Practice in the Academy, awarded by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; numerous regional and national awards for ASHRAE student project competitions, including one first place and one second-place winner at the international level; AIAS awards for student project competitions; Visiting scholarship, Technical University of Berlin, Germany


Society of Building Science Educators; American Solar Energy Society; American Institute of Architects; Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers; United States Green Building Council

Previous Positions

Interim dean of the School of Building Arts, SCAD Savannah; architecture department chair, SCAD Savannah; teaching/research assistant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; internship practice, Integrated Building Design, Cairo, Egypt; practical training in architecture, DAAD, Landbauamt, Munich, Germany

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 361 Environmental Control I
  • ARCH 404 Architectural Design Studio IV
  • ARCH 405 Architectural Design Studio V
  • ARCH 406 Architectural Design Studio VI
  • ARCH 461 Environmental Control II
  • ARCH 495 Special Topics in Architecture
  • ARCH 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
  • DRAW 115 Graphics for the Building Arts