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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; Waqf's role in the formation and preservation of built environments in Islamic cities; Evolution of architectural conservation philosophies and practices; Heritage management; Conservation 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 • Member of Europa Nostra • Member of Historians of Islamic Art Association
• SEED grant, principal investigator: University of Sharjah (April 2019-April 2020) “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)”
Refereed Book (monograph) Sabri, R. (2019, in press) The Imperial Politics of Architectural Conservation: The Case of Waqf in Cyprus. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (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 Refereed Journals Sabri, R. (2019) “Greek Nationalism, Architectural Narratives, and A Gymnasium That Wasn’t,” International Journal of Heritage Studies, 25 (2), pp. 178-197, (DOI:10.1080/13527258.2018.1431302) 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, 21 (1), pp.45-65, (DOI:10.1080/13505033.2019.1596521) Sabri, R., and Olagoke, O.A. (2019, in press) “Rethinking the Conservation of Afro-Brazilian Mosque Legacy,” Journal of Architectural Conservation (DOI:10.1080/13556207.2019.1595321) 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, 19 (1), pp.55-81 (DOI : 10.1080/13505033.2016.1290476) Sabri, R. (2016) “The Genesis of Hybrid Architectural Preservation Practices in British Colonial Cyprus”, arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 20 (3), pp.243-255 (DOI: 10.1017/S1359135516000269). 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, 21(5), pp.512–527 (DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2014.968604).
• Maisam Koujan (2018), “The Use of Barajeel and Mashrabiya in Contemporary Architecture in Dubai”; Near East University-Cyprus (main supervisor) • Ado Adamu (2016), “Developing Sustainable Strategies for the Rehabilitation of Makoko Slum in Lagos (Nigeria)”; Near East University-Cyprus (main supervisor) • Oluseyi Olagoke (2015), “Value Assessment of British Colonial Era Architectural Heritage in Nigeria: the Case Study of Church Buildings in Oshogbo”; Cyprus International University (main supervisor) • Belgin Sakallı (2015), “Evaluation of Interventions Aiming for the Conservation of Mevlevi Tekke in Nicosia (Cyprus)”; Cyprus International University (main supervisor)
• Executive Board Member of Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences (SIFHAMS) for (2018-) • 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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