Mohamed Elnahas

Mohamed Elnahas

Mohamed Elnahas


  • B.Arch., Ain Shams University, honors, 1986
  • M.S., Ain Shams University, 1990
  • Ph.D., The University of Adelaide, 1997
First year at SCAD:

"I see teaching not as telling students what they need to know, but as doing something that will inspire them to become motivated and actually learn. My main goals of teaching are to inspire students to learn and exposition of content. Teaching design studios is oriented toward bridging the gap between technical courses and design studio by integrating other classes in studio projects. The idea is to balance creativity and technical aspects of design, e.g., structures, environmental controls and construction technology. Teaching lecture courses is problem-based, which is emphasizing concepts that can be used in design decisions, as one can show implications on building form or fabric."


"For more than 20 years, I have been teaching and practicing architecture with persistence on excellence in teaching and commitment to research and scholarship. It is in response to such challenges that I have excelled during my career."

Awards, recognition and honors

EPA Environmental Education Grant, U.S. Energy Protection Agency; honorable mention, Interfaith Sacred Space, International Design Competition; faculty development grant, Bush Foundation, North Dakota State University; overseas postgraduate research scholarship, the University of Adelaide; Special Training Scholarship Award, Darmstadt University of Technology


Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture representative on National Architectural Accrediting Board visiting teams, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, American Institute of Steel Construction, American Institute of Architects, Society of Building Science Educators, the Masonry Society, Society of Egyptian Architects (UIA Egyptian National Section), Syndicate of Engineers - Egypt

Publications and presentations

  • "Urbanization Effects on Building Energy Simulations," Proceedings of BESS, 2011
  • Integrating Design & Building Practices, Kellogg West Conference center, Pomona, California, April 29-30, 2011
  • "Interdisciplinarity for Innovation: A Case Study in Architecture," presented at Curiouser: The Joint Meeting of SECAC and MACAA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, Oct. 20-23, 2010.
  • "Campus Sustainability Programs; A Case Study of Historical Fragmented Campus," abstract accepted for presentation at AASHE 2010 Conference, Colorado Convention center - Denver, Colorado, Oct. 10-12, 2010
  • "Reconfiguring Traditional Studio: Responses to Concerns expressed in Traditional Design Studios," Ain Shams Univ., Faculty of Engineering Scientific Bulletin, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2008
  • "Problem-Based Learning (PBL) as a Teaching Approach at Design Studio," Ain Shams University, Faculty of Engineering Scientific Bulletin, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2008
  • "Occupant Dynamics: Towards a New Design Performance Measure," with K. Nassar, Architectural Science Review, Vol. 50, pp. 100-5, 2007.
  • "Digital Form-Finding: A Case Study in Complex Geometry," with K. Nassar, proceedings of 2006 Architectural Engineering Conference: Building Integration Solutions, Omaha, Nebraska, March-April 2006
  • "Means of Egress Building Code Compliance Diagrams," with K. Nassar, proceedings of 2006 Architectural Engineering Conference: Building Integration Solution, Omaha, Nebraska, March-April 2006
  • "Space Design and the Lessons of Experimental Architecture," with K. Nassar and B. Morad, proceedings of 2006 Earth and Space: 10th ASCE Aerospace Division International Conference, Houston, Texas, March 2006
  • "The Potential of Photovoltiac Roofs in Northern Climates," presented at Eco Wave 2006: A Global Interdisciplinary Conference on the New Generation of Green Architecture, San Francisco, California, January 2006

Previous Positions

Assistant professor, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota; lecturer, Ain Shams University, Cairo; freelance registered architect, Egypt

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 300 Architecture Design Studio I
  • ARCH 301 Architecture Design Studio I
  • ARCH 302 Architecture Design Studio II
  • ARCH 303 Architecture Design Studio III
  • ARCH 361 Environmental Control I
  • ARCH 404 Architecture Design Studio IV
  • ARCH 461 Environmental Control II
  • ARCH 760 Sustainable Design