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Undergraduate Design

Samia Kirchner

Samia Kirchner, Ph.D.

Interim Chairperson & Associate Professor, Undergraduate Design

Office: CBEIS 214
Phone: 443-885-4434

B.Arch., National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
S.M.Arch.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interest(s):
Architectural History & Theory, Urban History & Theory, Islamic Architecture & Urbanism, Port City Regeneration & Incumbent Upgrading

Teaching Interest(s):
Urban Design Studio on Community Regenerative & Transit Oriented Development Strategies, Lecture Courses on World Architecture and Urbanism, Seminars on World Heritage Conservation, Historic Preservation Legal Frameworks, Planning & Practices

Selected Publication(s):
Rab, S., "Re-Place: Bank Street in Historic Sharjah as a site Authentic Modernity" in Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition UAE Catalog, 2014.

Rab, S., "Maritime Heritage in the UAE: Museums as anchors for Urban Regeneration". In MUSEUM International, No. 249, Wiley., 2012.

Rab, Kubat, Guney, Özer & Kaya. "Application of Space Syntax in the urban regeneration of Sharjah's heritage area". In Greene, Reyes and Castro (ed.) SSS8, Chile, 2012.

Al-Gohari, Dolkart, Rab (ed.) Conservation of Architecture, Urban Areas & Landscape, CSAAR., 2011.

Rab, S. "DUBAI: Architectural heritage in service of globalization". In ESPACES URBAINS À L'AUBE DU XXIe SIÈCLE, PUPS l'universite Paris-Sorbonne, p. 231-229, 2010.

Professional Affiliation(s):
American Institute of Architects-International Affiliate (AIA-IA), Congress of New Urbanism (CNU), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Grants and Awards:
2010 Emirates Foundation of Philanthropy Science & Technology Grant ($40,000)
2010 National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute Grant ($6,000)
1999 Graham Foundation Publication Grant ($9,500)
1998 Georgia Inst. of Technology Doctoral Achievement Award & CETL Teaching Award