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Dr.Reyhan Sabri Academic RankAssistant Professor

Specialization:

  • Ph.D. in Architecture, The University of Manchester, UK

Research Interests:

  • History and theory of architecture; Islamic architecture in the colonial era; Colonial-era religious architecture in the non-Western world; Waqf's role in the formation and protection of built environments in Islamic cities; Evolution of architectural conservation philosophies and practices; Conservation and management of heritage sites and buildings in colonial and post-colonial world.

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• PhD in Architecture, The University of Manchester, UK (2014) • MSc in Restoration, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (2001) • BArch, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (1994)
• 2018 - Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering-University of Sharjah, UAE • 2016 - 2018: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering-University of Sharjah, UAE • 2015 - 2016: Assistant professor, Department of Architecture - Near East University, Cyprus • 2013 - 2015: Assistant professor, Department of Architecture - Cyprus International University, Cyprus • 2005 - 2010: Lecturer, Department of Interior Design - American University in Dubai, UAE • 1998 - 2002: Lecturer, Department of Architecture-Girne American University, Cyprus
• Member of the Society of Architectural Historians (UAE) • Member of Europa Nostra (European Union) • Member of Historians of Islamic Art Association (UAE)
• SEED grant principal investigator: University of Sharjah (2019- 2021) “Investigating the Potentials for Digital Applications in Heritage Management, Sharjah (UAE)” • Cultural Heritage Advisor (2010) United Nations Development Programme-Partnership for the Future in Cyprus (UNDP-PFF): “Cultural Heritage Inventory Project for North Cyprus” • Vernacular Built Heritage Research and Documentation (team member, 2001-2003) United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in North Cyprus, “House, Form and Culture within the Context of Cypriot Traditional Settlements” project • Archaeological Documentation, Conservation and Presentation (team member, 1993-1998) “Arykanda Archaeological Excavation Project (Antalya-Turkey)”
Journal Papers: Sabri, R., and Olagoke, O.A. (2020, in press ), "Safeguarding the Colonial Era's Ecclesiastical Heritage: Towards a Sustainable Protection-Use Model," Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of print. DOI: 10.1108/JCHMSD-01-2020-0017 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus) Sabri, R., Altan, H., AlGhareeb, D., and Alkhaja, N. (2020) “Heritage Reconstruction Planning, Sustainability Dimensions, and the Case of the Khaz’al Diwan in Kuwait,” Sustainability, Vol.12, 8805; doi:10.3390/su12218805 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus) Sabri, R., and Olagoke, O.A. (2020) “A Vanishing Legacy? Threats and Challenges in the Conservation of the Colonial Era’s Anglican Ecclesiastical Heritage in Yorubaland,” Journal of Architectural Conservation, Vol.26, No:2, pp.166-183, DOI: 10.1080/13556207.2020.1761684 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus) Sabri, R., and Olagoke, O.A. (2019) “Rethinking the Conservation of Afro-Brazilian Mosque Legacy,” Journal of Architectural Conservation, Vol.25, No:1-2, pp. 49-71, DOI:10.1080/13556207.2019.1595321 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus) Sabri, R., and Olagoke, O.A. (2019) “Predicaments in the Management of Religious Heritage Buildings and Sites in Nigeria,” Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, Vol.21, No.1, pp.45-65, DOI:10.1080/13505033.2019.1596521 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus) Sabri, R. (2019) “Greek Nationalism, Architectural Narratives, and A Gymnasium That Wasn’t,” International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol.25, No:2, pp. 178-197, DOI:10.1080/13527258.2018.1431302 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus) Sabri, R. (2017) “From an Inconsequential Legacy to National Heritage: Revisiting the Conservation Approaches towards the Ottoman Built Legacy in British Colonial Cyprus,” Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, Vol.19, No.1, pp.55-81, DOI :10.1080/13505033.2016.1290476 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus) Sabri, R. (2016) “The Genesis of Hybrid Architectural Preservation Practices in British Colonial Cyprus,” Architectural Research Quarterly, Vol.20, No.3, pp.243-255, DOI:10.1017/S1359135516000269 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus ) Sabri, R. (2015) “Transitions in the Ottoman Waqf’s Traditional Building Upkeep and Maintenance System in Cyprus during the British Colonial Era (1878–1960) and the Emergence of Selective Architectural Conservation Practices,” International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 21, No. 5, pp.512–527, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2014.968604 (ISI Web of Science / Scopus) Book (monograph): Sabri, R. (2019) The Imperial Politics of Architectural Conservation: The Case of Waqf in Cyprus. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan / Springer Nature (Heritage Studies in the Muslim World series) Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-18231-1; eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18232-8; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-18232-8 Conference Proceeding: Sabri, R. & Altan, H. (2018) “Investigating the Preservation of Vernacular Earthen Buildings of Louroujina (Akincilar) in North Cyprus”. In: C.Mileto, F.V.López-Manzanares, L. García-Soriano, V. Cristini (Eds) Vernacular and Earthen Architecture: Conservation and Sustainability, pp.329-334. CRC Press (ISBN 9781138035461 - CAT# K31721) (Scopus indexed)
• Main supervisor (thesis completed in 2018), “The Use of Barajeel and Mashrabiya in Contemporary Architecture in Dubai”; Near East University-Cyprus. • Main supervisor (thesis completed in 2016), “Developing Sustainable Strategies for the Rehabilitation of Makoko Slum in Lagos (Nigeria)”; Near East University-Cyprus. • Main supervisor (thesis completed in 2015), “Value Assessment of British Colonial Era Architectural Heritage in Nigeria: Case Study of Church Buildings in Oshogbo”; Cyprus International University. • Main supervisor (theses completed in 2015), “Evaluation of Interventions Aiming for the Conservation of Mevlevi Tekke in Nicosia (Cyprus)”; Cyprus International University.
• Executive Board Member of Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences (SIFHAMS) (Sept.2018-present) • Lecturer of ‘Distinguished Aspects of Islamic Architecture and Engineering’ in SIFHAMS International Graduate Winter School on Scientific Tradition in Islamic Civilisation (12-24 January, 2020, University of Sharjah) • Organizing committee member for the 3rd SIFHAMS International Scientific Forum ‘Tradition of Art and Architecture in Islamic Civilisation’, University of Sharjah, April-October 2019. • Speaker at the 3rd SIFHAMS International Scientific Forum ‘Tradition of Art and Architecture in Islamic Civilisation’. Topic: ‘Ottoman Waqf in Architectural Conservation’, 13 October 2019 • Member of the Steering Committee for the Master of Science in Conservation Management of Cultural Heritage, Architectural Engineering Department, University of Sharjah (2019-2020) • Member of the committee for the preparation of Master of Science in Architecture program, University of Sharjah (2019-2020) • Organizer of Workshop ‘Architectural Conservation: Principles and Practice’, University of Sharjah, Architectural Engineering Department, 14 April 2019 • Founding member of Europa Nostra Chapter in Cyprus (2015-)
My courses are mainly in the field of history and theory of architecture. Studying architectural history requires an interactive learning environment where students are involved in conversations helping them in comprehending the significance and relevance of the topic. I want my students to understand that present is the consequence of the creative processes of the past twelve thousands years. I am committed to provide a learning environment that instills critical thinking in my students and improve their ability to communicate knowledge.
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