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Dr.Majd Musa Academic RankAssistant Professor

Specialization:

  • PhD in Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Research Interests:

  • Contemporary architecture and urbanism, Globalization and the urban built environment of Middle Eastern cities, Identity and meanings in the urban built environment, Political and economic forces in architecture and urbanism, History, theory, and criticism of architecture and urban planning, Architectural education.

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PhD in Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Sharjah, 2014-present. Prior to joining academia, I worked as researcher and practicing architect.
Teaching; researching; writing; participating in conferences; reviewing papers and books.
• Architecture Division of Jordan Engineers Association, Jordan; • American Institute of Architects (AIA), USA; • Society of Architectural Historians, USA.
Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in UAE.
Amman: Gulf Capital, Identity, and Contemporary Megaprojects (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2017).
• UAE Space Agency, bachelor’s thesis and design project, University of Sharjah, 2014-2015; • Sharjah Central Business District, bachelor’s thesis and design project, University of Sharjah, 2014-2015; • Dubai Digital Library, bachelor’s thesis and design project, University of Sharjah, 2014-2015; • Digital Library, bachelor’s design project, University of Sharjah, 2015-2016; • UOS New Department of Architectural Engineering, bachelor’s thesis and design project, University of Sharjah, 2015-2016; • Dubai Disability Rehabilitation Resort, bachelor’s thesis and design project, University of Sharjah, 2015-2016; • Disabled Cultural Support Center in Dubai, bachelor’s thesis and design project, University of Sharjah, 2016-2017; • Syrian Refugee Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, bachelor’s thesis and design project, University of Sharjah, 2016-2017.
• University Fellowship, USA, 2013. • Ernest and Reba Stouffer Fellowship, USA, 2010-2011. • Alan K. and Leonarda Laing Fellowship, USA, 2008-2009. • Fulbright Foreign Student Fellowship, USA, 2006-2008. • Golden Key International Honour Society, USA, membership since 2012. • Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society, USA, membership since 2009. • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, USA, membership since 2007.
Representing the department in the college council; sitting on college and department committees; chairing the department’s Teaching and Learning committee; advising students.
In the different courses I teach, I use lecturing, class discussion, and one-on-one instruction to communicate teaching materials to students. PowerPoint presentations and the whiteboard are important educational tools in my classes. In addition, I utilize Blackboard to post course material and assignments, announce deadlines for assignment submission, remind students of date, time, and location of exams, and bring students’ attention to other relevant events (interesting online courses, university and department events, and others). I use multiple tools to evaluate students’ academic performance, including in-class exams, papers, and student presentations. To enhance the educational process, I emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of architecture and architectural engineering, I connect course materials with real-life experience, and I conduct educational trips with students as appropriate. I hold meetings with students during my regular office hours, and additional hours; this has been an important element in my teaching experience. During these meetings, I advise students about their class performance, listen to their concerns, answer their questions, review paper and design drafts, and work one-on-one with students to improve their writing and design skills. These meetings allow me and my students to know each other outside class, making the classroom environment friendly and further enhancing the educational process.
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