Academic Profile

Dr. Sahar B. Alqaisi


Assistant Professor
Director of the Heritage Conservation Research Program-HCRP​in the Research Center at the Faculty of Engineering
Architect & Urban Designer
sahar.basil@koyauniversity.org
Koya - Kurdistan - Iraq


GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Dr. Sahar Basil Mahmood AL-Qaisi
Architect Engineer- Urban Designer, Assistant Professor
Director of the Heritage Conservation Research Program-HCRP​in the Research Center at the Faculty of Engineering
Weinberg Fellow- The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America- Columbia University, USA- Fall Semester 2018-2019
Councillor in the European Architectural History Network-EAHN since February 2019
Member in Iraqi Engineers Union since 1997- Consultant Engineer since 2014
Individual member in the Society of Architectural Historians, USA- SAH since December 2015
Member in the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain- SAHGB since March 2018

Birth Date &
Nationality1974, Iraqi
 

EDUCATION

July 2011: University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq 
Ph.D degree in Architecture – Urban Conservation
Dissertation title: “Urban Conservation as Means of Communication through Form & Moral Values” 
September 2005: University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq
Master's degree, Architecture− Urban Design
Thesis title: "Urban Facade as a Communication Channel"
July 1997: University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq
Bachelor's degree, Architecture

OTHER COURSES

September 2019- October 2019: Causes of Decay and Preservation of Building Architectural Heritage, by the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Heritage and Antiquities in Erbil in collaboration with the Czech National Heritage Institute and GEMA ART International.
September 2018- November 2018: Academic Research Writing, International Researchers Language Program-IRLP, Teachers College at Columbia University, NYC, USA.
September 2018- November 2018: Academic Culture and Communication, IRLP, Teachers College at Columbia University, NYC, USA.
June 2018- July 2018: CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life, Certified Online Course-HarvardX, Harvard University, USA.
March 2017- July 2017: The Architectural Imagination, Certified Online Course-HarvardX, Graduated School of Design at Harvard University, USA
December 2009- February 2010: Cottbus, Germany

Won a 3-month-scholarship to Germany/ Brandenburg University of Technology (b.tu) in Cottbus and attended:

- A workshop of  "Urban Development of Baghdad and useful cooperation between the University of Baghdad and German Universities in the fields of Urban Design, Urban Development and Environmental Planning" from the December.1st.2009 to  February.11th.2010.

- The Conference of "Urban Development of Baghdad and further cities in Iraq" from the 5th to the 9th of February 2010; and Participated

with a paper and poster about "An-Najaf - urban development of historical districts ",

- The Symposium of "Architectural and Urban Transformation of Arabic and Central Asian Cities" from 1st -4th of December 2009,

- Plenty scientific lectures and projects discussion for both (post and under) graduate students in the department of urban development and design of (b.tu).                                                         http://www-docs.tu-cottbus.de/pressestelle/public/BTU-Zeitung/Ausgaben_2010/news_nr30.pdf  (p.27)

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HONORS AND AWARDS

September 2018- December 2018: Weinberg Fellowship in Architectural History and Preservation for the 2018-2019 academic year- Fall Semester by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University in New York, USA

April 2016: 2016 SAH-GETTY International Program Grant by the Society of Architectural Historians-SAH and the Getty Foundation, awarded in Pasadena, California, USA

December 2009-February 2010: DAAD 3 Months Scholarship at Brandenburg University of technology in Germany by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

November 2015 – Present:

Assistant Professor
Koya University- Faculty of Engineering- Department of Architectural Engineering
Kurdistan Region- Koya, Iraq
Member of the Scientific Committee for the Department of Architectural Eng. (since 2011)
The Representative of the Department of Architectural Eng.  in the “Developing Curriculum Unit” of Koya University (since 2012) 
Head of the Design staff for the 4th Stage/ Department of Architectural Eng. (since 2011)
Teaching Conservation and Rehabilitation for the 5th StageDepartment of Architectural Eng. (since 2015)
Teaching History of Architecture for both 2nd & 3rd Stage / Department of Architectural Eng. (since 2008)
Teaching Academic Debate for the 1st Stag e / Department of Architectural Eng. (since 2011)

September 2011 – November 2015:

Lecturer
Koya University- Faculty of Engineering- Department of Architectural Engineering
Kurdistan Region- Koya, Iraq
Member of the Scientific Committee for the Department of Architectural Eng. (since 2011)
Member of the SAR writing Committee (2012) for the Faculty of Engineering: http://qahei.org/qahei_en/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=YEGX-MdY058%3D&tabid=75&mid=504
The Representative of the Department of Architectural Eng.  in the “Developing Curriculum Unit” of Koya University (since 2012) 
Head of the Design staff for the 4th Stage/ Department of Architectural Eng. (since 2011)
Teaching Conservation and Rehabilitation for the 5th StageDepartment of Architectural Eng. (since 2015)
Teaching History of Architecture for both 2nd & 3rd Stage / Department of Architectural Eng. (since 2008)
Teaching Academic Debate for the 1st Stag e / Department of Architectural Eng. (since 2011)
Teaching Islamic Architecture for the 4th Stage / Department of Architectural Eng. (2011-2013)
Teaching Urban Design Theory for the 3rd Stage / Department of Architectural Eng. (2012-2013)

February 2008 – September 2011:

Assistant Lecturer (Employed since August 2009)
Koya University- College of Engineering- Department of Architectural Engineering
Kurdistan Region- Koya, Iraq


Journal PAPERS

1. Sahar B. M. Al-Qaisi; "Aspects of City's Fortification through Time: The Challenge of Fortifying Baghdad as a Case Study", International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology, October 2015, Volume 28, Number 6, ISSN 2231-5381, India.

2. Sahar Basil Mahmood, and Binaee Yaseen Raof;  "Producing Contextuality in Koya City: Lessons learned from other cities", International Journal of Engineering Technology, Management and Applied Sciences, October 2015, Volume 3, Issue 10, ISSN 2349-4476, India.

3. Husein Ali Husein, and Sahar Basil Mahmood; "Enhancing Social Interaction in Residential Communities in Erbil", International Journal of Engineering Technology, Management and Applied Sciences, August 2015, Volume 3, Issue 8, ISSN 2349-4476, India. 

4. Al-Khafaji, Saba J. Neamah, and Al-Qaisi, Sahar B. Mahmood; "The Characteristics of the Traditional Urban Configuration of Arab Islamic Cities through Form and Moral Values: 

Al-Kadhimiya as a Case Study", Jornal of Engineering-University of Baghdad, October 2012, Volume: 18, Issue: 10, ISSN: 17264073, Baghdad, Iraq.

Conference Papers
1. Faraj, Raz Saeed, and Al-Qaisi, Sahar Basil. 2019. Late Ottoman Architectural Style in Koya: Old Qaisaria as a Case Study. 4th Annual International Conference of Koya Famous Cultural Figures- Koya on the Road of Civilization-KRC2019, Koya University, Koya, Iraq.
2. Al-Qaisi, Sahar B., and Rafo, Lynour S., Memory and the Question of Style in Iraq, 70th Annual International Conference of the American Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Glasgow, UK, 2017.
3. Al-Qaisi, S. B. ; "Koya City Urban Heritage Conservation: Challenges and Potentials", First International Symposium on Urban Development: Koya as a Case Study, 2014, WIT Press, UK.
4. 
Al-Qaisi, Sahar B.; "An-Najaf - urban development of historical districts", the Conference of "Urban Development of Baghdad and further cities in Iraq" from the 5th to the 9th of February 2010,Brandenburg University of Technology (b.tu), Cottbus, Germany.

Published Books Translations 
1. Book translation to English : "Antiquities and Heritage Iraqi Law- Law no.55 of 2002"; translated by Sahar Basil Mahmood Al-Qaisi, August, 2015.  (Dedicated to the 5th stage students of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Koya University)               
2. Book translation to Arabic(accompanied with the English original text) : "ICOMOS International Charters and Documents; 1931-1999"; translated by Sahar Basil Mahmood Al-Qaisi, August, 2015.(Dedicated to the 5th stage students of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Koya University)

Workshops and Seminars

1. Step Forward to Save Heritage, International Workshop on the Preparation of Rehabilitation Measure in the Old Town of Koya, Koya University, Iraq, Oct.7. 2019

2. Stories Behind the Vernacular Architecture of Iraqi Kurdistan, Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York City-USA, Dec.7.2018

3. The Impact of the History of Architecture on Contemporary Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University, Koya-Iraq, 6 May 2018

4. Potentials of heritage conservation in Koya city, International Workshop on Challenges of architectural and urban heritage: research and practice, Koya University and University of Minho, Koya- Iraq, 27 April 2017

5. The Evolution of Need and Aesthetic Aspects in Architecture: Greek to Gothic Architecture, Workshop on the Evolution of Need and Aesthetic Aspects in Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University-Iraq, Koya- Iraq, 29 May 2016

6. The Role of Spatial Enclosure in Enhancing Social Interaction in Residential Communities, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University-Iraq,Koya- Iraq, 7 June 2015

7. Event and Form in the History of Art and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University-Iraq, Koya- Iraq, 19 May 2015

8. Urban Conservation: Principles and Techniques, Faculty of Engineering, Koya University-Iraq, Koya- Iraq, 21 April 2013

9. The Symposium of "The Discourse of Generations in the Iraqi Architecture: حوار الأجيال في العمارة العراقية", organized by The University of An-Nahrain, April 11th 2012, Baghdad, Iraq.

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