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Dr.Monther Jamhawi Coordinator - MSc. CMOCH Academic RankAssociate Professor


  • PhD Degree in Architecture with speciality in Cultural Resources Management / Architectural Conservation and Heritage Management from Oxford School of Architecture / Oxford Brookes University – Oxford - England, 2002.

Research Interests:

  • Planning for Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management, Vernacular & Traditional Architecture, Sustainable Tourism and Community Development, ICT Applications in Heritage Interpretation and Management.


• PhD Degree in Architecture / Cultural Resources Management from Oxford School of Architecture / Oxford Brookes University – Oxford - England, 2002. • Master Degree in Archaeology – Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology / Yarmouk University -1993 . • Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Engineering -Yarmouk University – 1985 .
• Recently: A Visiting Associate Proffessor at the Department of Architectural Engineering in the University of Sharjah & Coordinator of the New Graduate MSc Program in Conservation Mangement of Cultural Heritage . • Aug.2018 - Sep.2019: Associate Proffessor at the College of Architecture and Design in Jordan University of Science and Technology JUST since Feb. 2008. • Aug.2013 - Aug. 2018 Director General – Department of Antiquities / Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan • Feb. 2008 - Aug. 2013 Assistant Professor and Vice Dean at Jordan University of Science and Technology • Sep. 2002 – Jan. 2008 Assistant Professor and Vice Dean at Hashemite University - Jordan • Aug. 1990 - Jan 2001 Architect / Restorer at the Department of Antiquities of Jordan DoA • Oct. 1985 - Aug. 1990 Military Service with and some work in the private sector.
• Consultant for a work pakage tasks in Heritage-Med project “ATHENA, Ancient Theatres Enhancement for New Actualities” led by Department of Antiquities of Jordan DoA, Jan.-Nov., 2012. (finished) • A Technical Consultant for the Ward Restaurant – Private Project – Amman 2006-2011. (finished) • Consultant for a work pakage tasks in an international Euro-Med project “ERATO” (identification Evaluation and Revival of the Acoustical heritage of ancient Theatres and Odea), funded by the European Commission, that deals with the relation between Theatre, Landscape and Societ. 2003-2006 (finished) • Consultant for an international Euro-Med project PRODOMEA - PROject on high compatibility technologies and systems for conservation and Documentation of masonry works in archeological sites in the MEditerranean Area, funded by the European Commission, that deals with the traditional techniques in producing lime for construction and conservation treatment. 2003-2006 (finished) • Consultant for the Bergish Cave Tourism Development Project (National). Joint project with the department of Architecture at Jordan University. June-November, 2006. • Consultant in a sub-pakage work of a national project concerned the Development of the historic area of Irbid city, that deals with the documentatuion and evaluation of the old city of Irbid. 2006 (finished) • Consultant for a work pakage task with Zuhair Fayez Partnership at Saudi Arabia in Al-Thumama Urban Tourism Development Project at Riyadh – Saudi Arabia, April-August, 2006 (finished) • Designer and Lecturer of the training course “Preservation and Management of Islamic Cities”. Organized by Ministry of Culture in Oman and ISESCO, February, 2006. • Heritage Consultant for Zuhair Fayez Partnership at Saudi Arabia in The Coastal Tourism Development Projects of Al-Rayes, Al-Dhuhban and Farasan, June-Dec., 2006. • Member of the higher committee for the preparation of the Baptism site file, which has won the inscription on the World Heritage list in 2015. • Head of the technical committee of the prepared file for the old city of as-Salt, which was submitted for the World Heritage Centre for inscription, 2016-2017. • Head of the Technical Committee for the evaluation of the development project of Down Town Irbid – Jordan. 2018-2019.
• Council Member of the ICOMOS - JORDAN since June 2019. • Council Member of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, ICCROM . since November 2015. • Member at Jordan Engineering Association since 1985. • Member at Jordan Architects Society. • Friends of ICCROM – Rome • WATCH, World Association For Threatend Cultural Heritage • Member of World Archaeological Congress WAC
• "HELAND" project : 28/8/2012 – 28/12/2015 “Promoting socio-economic sustainable development through innovative technological actions for Mediterranean tourism-heritage and landscapes protection clusters – HELAND” • "I AM" project : 1/11/2012 – 31/10/2015 “International Augmented Med, I AM” • "GOALS" project : 1/1/2014 – 31/3/2016 “GOvernance for Achieving Local Strategies for tourism, GOALS” • LOCAL-SAT" project: 23/12/2013 – 23/12/2015 “Improving the local governance processes through exchange of good practices, pilots and training in geospatial technologies, LOCAL-SATS”
Al-Kofahi, S.; Jamhawi, M. and Hajahjah, Z. (2017) “Investigating the current status of geospatial data and urban growth indicators in Jordan and Irbid municipality: implications for urban and environmental planning”. Published in the Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability, A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development (ISSN: 1387-585X). (Accepted for publication). Jamhawi, M. and Hajahjah, Z. (2017) “A bottom-Up approach for cultural tourism management in the old city of As-Salt, Jordan”. Published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (ISSN: 2044-1266). Vol.7, No.1. Pp. 91-106 . Jamhawi, M.; Al-Shorman, A. ; Zidan, R. and Hajahjah, Z. (2016) “Sustainable Tourism Impacts in the City of Madaba, Jordan”. Published in the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science ISSN: 2278-0998. Vol: 12. Pp. 1-10. Jamhawi, M. and Hajahjah, Z. (2016) “IT-Innovation and Technologies Transfer To Heritage Sites: The Case of Madaba, Jordan”. Published in the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry (MAA) ISSN (online & print version): 2241-8121, & print: 1108-9628. Vol.16, No.2, August , Pp. 41-46. Jamhawi, M. etal. (2016) “Combined Laser Scanner and Dense Stereo Matching Techniques For 3D Modelling of Heritage Sites: Dar es-Saraya Museum”. Published in the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry (MAA) ISSN (online & print version): 2241-8121, & print: 1108-9628. Vol.16, No.3, December Jamhawi, M.; Al-Shorman, A.; Hajahjah, Z.; Okour, Y. and Alkhalidi, M. (2015) “Gender Equality in Tourism Industry: A Case Study from Madaba, Jordan”. Published in the Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science. ISSN No.: 2454-1834.Vol: 4. Pp. 225-234. Jamhawi, M.; Al-Shakarchi, N. and Al-Hashimi, I. (2015) “Assessment of Tourists’ Satisfaction In The Downtown of Amman”. Published in the Vicino Oriente XIX: the annual review of Section of Oriental Studies of Sapienza University of Rome. ISSN No.: 0393-0300. Vol: 19. Pp. 127-136. Freewan Ahmed; Gharaibeh Anne. and Jamhawi, Monther (2014) “Improving daylight performance of light wells in residential buildings: Nourishing compact sustainable urban form”. Published in the journal Sustainable Cities and Society. ISSN No.: 2210-6707. Vol: 13. Pp. 32-40. Abu Alasal, S.; Esbeih, M.; Fayyad, E.; Gharaibeh, R.; Ali, M.; Freewan, A. and Jamhawi, M. (2014) “A Fast and Robust Protocol for Reconstruction and Re-Enactment of Historical Sites” . Published in the proceedings of the International Science Index Vol: 8 No: 10 Part XVI. Pp. 1191-1196. Istanbul, Turkey. Jamhawi, Monther (2005) “Historic Buildings for Tourism The case of Jordan”. A paper, entitled presented in ISMARMED Conference, Alexandria, 29 March-02 April 2005. Haddad, N. ; Jamhawi, M. and Akasheh, N. (2005) “Relation between Theatre, Landscape and Society". Published in the proceeding of The 4th International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology. Held in Jordan 7-12/12/2005. Pp. 243-256. Jamhawi, Monther (2004) “Conservation and sustainable development, the case of Jordan”. A paper, presented in the First International Conference on Architectural Conservation between theory and Practice, Dubai, 14-16 March 2004. Jamhawi, Monther (2002) “Conservation and Tourism: Jordan’s Post 18th Century Architectural Heritage”. Un-published Ph.D. thesis , Oxford Brookes University , UK. Jamhawi, Monther (1995) ”The use of stone in building construction through periods in Jordan”. Published in the annual journal of the Jordan Architects Society. Jamhawi, Monther (1993) “The building techniques of the Roman Theaters in Umm-Qais and Amman, a comparative study”. Un-published master thesis, Yarmouk University – Jordan. Jamhawi, Monther and Karasneh, Wajeeh (1992) "A preliminary report about the Restoration project of the western theater in Um Qais". published in the annual journal of the Dep. of Antiquities ADAJ, Vol. XXXII. A Book entitled “Sustainable Tourism Management: A Collection of Studies from Malta, Lebanon and Jordan”. With many research members of HELAND Project. Published in 2015. ISBN No.: 978-99957-886-2-9. A Book entitled “The Mediterranean Region, A state of the art report on the situation of Mediterranean countries”. With many research members of HELAND Project. Published in 2015. ISBN No.: 978-99957-1-2 A Book entitled “Jordan’s Prehistory: Past and Future Research”. Edited By Monther Jamhawi. Published in 2014. Department of Antiquities , Jordan.
• Tourist's Satisfaction Assessment In Downtown Amman: Towards Sustainable Recommendations 10/2012. Student: Nada Al-Shakarchi. • Children’s Travel Mode To School Travel Patterns And The Influencing Factors On Modal Choice To Elementary Schools In Irbid Jordan 01/2013. Student: Musab Azzawi. • Improving Micro-Climate of Selected Areas In Irbid Through A Modified Urban Layout Design 01/2013. Student: Shamikha Tubishat. • Assessment of The Role of Handicraft Industry In The Tourism Planning of Madaba City 01/2013. Student: Marrwa Al-Khaldi. • A Development Study For A Comprehensive Approach To The Old City of As-Salt : ''Towards A Sustainable Urban Touristic Destination 08/2013. Student: Zain Hajahjah. • Assessing The Impact of Spatial Configuration on Tourists' Spatial Behaviour, Towards Improving The Adaptation of The Concept of Sustainable Tourism: The Case of Madaba 06/2014. Student: Roaa Zidan. • Integrating Biophilic design principles inPublic low income Neighborhoods in Jordan: The case of Zebdeh- Farkuh neighborhood in Irbid, Jordan. 01/2019. Student: Nusaibah Rababah. • Assessment of Urban Sprawl mitigation Measures of Amman’s Metropolitan Growth Plan (MGP-AMMAN): Selected cases of Neighborhoods in Amman. Sep. 2019. Student: Mais Smadi.
• 2014 JUST Appreciation Award for the best academic staff in participating in International Funded Research Projects on behalf of Jordan University of Science and Technology . • The Jordan Engineering Association Council Award of a JCA rank in Architecture / Historic Preservation, 2017. • 2018 Yarmouk University Appreciation Award for the most Creative and Innovative graduates of the university. • An Award of the 2018 Outstanding Peper of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, entitled “A bottom-Up approach for cultural tourism management in the old city of As-Salt, Jordan”. Published in 2017 (ISSN: 2044-1266). Vol.7, No.1. pp. 91-106.
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