Architecture Research

The Architecture Journal is an independent channel for free thinkers and practitioners of architecture. It is intended to facilitate the systematic development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of architecture. New editions are issued with articles designed to offer perspective, share knowledge, and help you learn the discipline and pursue the art of architecture.

Wael Salah El Din Ahmed Fahmi

Editorial Board Member of Architecture Research

Associate Professor, Helwan University, Egypt

Research Areas

Architecture, Urbanism, Development


1989-1994Ph.DDepartment of Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester
1980-1985B.Sc Department of Architecture, Cairo University


2001-presentAssociate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University, Cairo
1995-2001Lecturer of Architecture and Urban Design,Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University, Cairo

Academic Achievement

Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship 2001-2002-Faculty of Built Environment-University of Central England (UCE)-Birmingham UK (offered from January 2002 for 10 months-not taken)
The J. William Fulbright Research Fellowship 2003-USA-as Alternate Candidate (selected on basis of acquiring financial resources by The Binational Fulbright Commission-Cairo)
Scholarship awarded by the city of Amsterdam to attend the workshop The Creative City: Re-inventing the 21st Century City, 9-12 August 1999, initiated by Comedia Consultancy , London and the Creative Town Initiative , Huddersfield , and organised by Amste
Scholarship awarded by The International Institute for the Urban Environment (IIUE) to attend a workshop It Takes You! for sustainable urban regeneration , Delft, The Netherlands, 9th-14th June 2002, supported by the European Commission Directorate-Genera
Grant awarded by Bauhaus Dessau Foundation to attend KollegV Transit Spaces (Transitarume)-Dessau-Germany September-November 2003(bauhauszertifikat awarded)
Travel Grant for participation in the ESRC Research Seminar Series: 'Rethinking the urban experience: the sensory production of place'-SenseScapes Seminar 2: Senses and architecture , 29th June 2007-University of Salford
INTAS Grant from the International Association for the promotion of co-operation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS) for participation in the conference: Public Space And Social Cohesion In The City: Present An
IHS grant for participation in 10th N-AERUS CONFERENCE organised by the The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies-IHS-Rotterdam between 01-03 October 2009
Second prize-Residential Complex for Arab Bureau Employees-Al Mokhatam-Cairo (1986) (joint participation as an Architect Designer associated with Consulting Group for Engineering Services (CGES)-Cairo
International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism INTBAU awarded citation for one of the outstanding posters


Syndicate of Egyptian Engineers-Architectural Section (1985-present)
The Egyptian Geographical Society-Cairo-Egypt (1999-present)
International Society for City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP)-The Hague-Netherlands (2002-present)
Building Environmental Quality Evaluation for Sustainability through Time (BEQUEST)-Salford University-Salford/Manchester (2000-present)
AHRA-Architectural Humanities Research Association-University of Nottingham (2006-present)
FRGS-Fellow member of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers RGS-IBG-London (2006-present)
The Research Cooperative Group (2010-present)
Academic Universities Independence Group-Cairo (2005-present)

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  Fahmi, Wael (2011), Contested Spaces within Cairo's Garbage City, Egypte Monde Arabe Special issue : Urban Sustainability in Cairo : A Provocative Issue, no 8-3e série, pp 59-84, edited by Pierre-Arnaud Barthel et Safaa Monqid , CEDEJ, Cairo, ISBN : 2-905838-47-7. (Égypte-Monde arabe N°8-3e série-Développement Durable au Caire : Une Provocation ?) 2011, Le Caire. (Environnement et DUD en Egypte/Environment and urban sustainability in Egypt)
[2]  Fahmi , Wael (2010), Fragmented Cairotopias 'Heterotopology' of Greater Cairo 's Suburban Communities, TRIALOG 102/103, Number 3/4, pp. 42-49. .
[3]  Fahmi, Wael and Sutton, Keith (2010), Cairo's Contested Garbage: Sustainable Solid Waste Management and the Zabaleen's Right to the City, Sustainability, Volume 2, pp. 1765-1783
[4]  Fahmi, Wael and Sutton, Keith (2010), Reclaiming Cairo's downtown district Contesting the nineteenth-and early twentieth-century European Quarter, International Development Planning Review (IDPR), Volume 32 , Number 2, pp. 93-118
[5]  Fahmi, Wael (2009) , Bloggers' Street Movement and the Right to the City (Re)claiming Cairo 's Real and Virtual "Spaces of Freedom, Environment and Urbanization, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp.89-107 (City governance and citizen action II) (special theme: Building good governance in cities, including the role of civil society and social movements).
[6]  Fahmi, Wael and Sutton, Keith (2008), Greater Cairo's Housing Crisis: Contested Spaces from Inner City Areas to New Communities, Cities, Volume 25, Number 5, pp 277-297
[7]  Fahmi, Wael (2007), Heterotopian Urbanism and Virtual Cyber Diffusion A Spatio-Temporal Perspective , Atlantis , Volume 18, Issue 2 (theme time-space compression in urbanism), Polis, TU Delft, 10-13 (April)
[8]  Fahmi, Wael (2006), Deconstruction Of Architectural Discourse: Experimental Pedagogy And Organisational Changes", International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management), Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.17-28,, ISSN 1447-9524 (print), 1447-9575 (online)
[9]  Fahmi, Wael (2006), The Urban Incubator: (De)constructive (Re)presentation of Heterotopian Spatiality and Virtual Image(ries), In: Mirjam Struppek, Geert Lovink, Pieter Boeder and Edward Valauskas (editors) URBAN SCREENS'05, Discovering the potential of outdoor screens for urban society, FIRST MONDAY SPECIAL ISSUE Number 4: (February 2006), Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
[10]  Fahmi, Wael Salah, (2005), The impact of privatization of solid waste management on the Zabaleen garbage collectors of Cairo, Environment and Urbanization , (October), Volume 17, Number 2, , pp155-170.
[11]  Fahmi, Wael Salah and Sutton, Keith (2006), Cairo's Zabaleen garbage recyclers: Multi-nationals' takeover and state relocation plans,, Habitat International, Volume 30, Number 4, pp. 809-837 Available online 11 November 2005
[12]  Fahmi, Wael and Sutton, Keith (2003), Reviving Historical Cairo Through Pedestrianisation: The Al-Azhar Street Axis, International Development Planning Review (IDPR)-Volume 25 Number 4, pp 407-431
[13]  Sutton, Keith and Fahmi, Wael (2002), Rehabilitation of Historical Cairo, Habitat International, issue Volume 26, Number 1, pp 73-93
[14]  Sutton, Keith and Fahmi, Wael (2002) Cairo's "Cities of the Dead": The Myths, Problems, and Future of a Unique Squatter Settlement , The Arab World Geographer, Volume 5, Number 1, pp. 1-21
[15]  Sutton, Keith and Fahmi, Wael (2001), Cairo's Urban Growth and Strategic Master Plans in the Light of Egypt's 1996 Population Census Results, Cities , Volume 18, Number 3 , pp 135-149
[16]  Fahmi, Wael and Williams, Gwyndaf (2001),The Adaptation of a Resettled Community: The Nubian Experience, Bulletin de la Societe de Geographie de l'Egypte (Bulletin of the Egyptian Geographical Society) N 74, pp 85-122
[17]  Fahmi, Wael and Sutton, Keith (2000), The Nubian Experience of Resettlement in Egypt, Bulletin de la Societe de Geographie de l'Egypte (Bulletin of the Egyptian Geographical Society) no 73, pp 85-108
[18]  Fahmi, Wael (2008) Transit Spaces:Inside-Out (side) Moscow 's Metro(scape), in Ray Lucas and Gordon Mair (eds), Sensory Urbanism Proceedings 2008, The Flâneur Press: Edinburgh,ISBN 978-0-9559906-0-1, pp 72-82
[19]  Fahmi, Wael , (2008), Glocal Heterotopias: Neo-. Flaneur's Narratives within transit spaces, in P.M.Burns and M. Novelli, (editors) Tourism and Mobilities: Local-Global Connection . CAB International Publishing: Oxfordshire, pp. 33-64
[20]  Fahmi, Wael , (2008), The Right to the City: Stakeholder Perspectives of Greater Cairo Metropolitan Communities, in Mike Jenks, Daniel Kozak and Pattaranan Takkanon (editors) "World Cities and Urban Form: Fragmented, Polycentric, Sustainable?" Routledge : London and NewYork, pp.269-292
[21]  Fahmi, Wael , (2008), Global Tourism and Urban Poor's Right to the City : Spatial Contestation within Cairo's Historical Districts, in P.M.Burns and M. Novelli, (editors) Tourism Development : Growth, Myth and Inequalities. CAB International Publishing: Oxfordshire, pp. 159-191
[22]  Fahmi , Wael (2003), Transit Landscapes and Shifting Place-Identities: A Spatio-Temporal Narrative of Transit Spaces and Post Socialist Urbanism (Berlin and Moscow),in Transit Spaces-Bauhaus KollegV documentation of the First Trimester-September-November 2003, printed by The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation-Germany, pp 46-58
[23]  Fahmi, Wael and Howe, Joe (2003), Deconstructing the Built Environment: Design Experimentation within Public Spaces, in Andy Thornley and Yvonne Rydin (London School of Economics (LSE) (editors), Planning in a Global Era, Ashgate: London, ISBN: 0-7546-1943-5, pp 163-189
[24]  Fahmi, Wael (2003) Urban Sustainability Within Cities. A Study Of Creativity Within Public Spaces, in Neil Andrews, Sheila Flanagan, Joseph Ruddy (editors) 'Tourism and the Environment: Sustainability in Tourism Development , Tourism Research Centre-Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT): Dublin, Ireland-ISBN: 0-9542930-0-2, pp 227-245
[25]  Fahmi, Wael (2000), Deconstructivism Of The Postmodern City: Architectural Experimentation Within Public Spaces, in proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Quality of Life in Cities, Volume 2, pp 107-136, School of Building and Real Estate , National University of Singapore ISBN : 981-04-2363-2, also presented at the 2nd International Conference on Quality of Life in Cities, Singapore 8th-10th March 2000
[26]  Fahmi, Wael (2000), Historical Conservation Of Cairo's Old City In The Context Of Sustainable Tourism And Cultural Diversity, in Peter Brandon, Patrizia Lombardi, Srinath Perera (editors) , Cities and Sustainability: Sustaining our Cultural Heritage, pp 6-23-6-39-University of Moratuwa, SriLanka ISBN: 955-9027-09-3, also presented at the Conference 'Sustainability and Cultural Identity" Kandalama-Sri Lanka 21st-26th February
[27]  Fahmi , Wael (2007), Cairo 's European Quarter: 19th Century and Early 20th Century Architectural Heritage ", in Deependra Prashad (editor), New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions , INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building , Architecture and Urbanism), New Delhi: India, ISBN:978-81-7525-879-2, pp. 328-329.
[28]  Fahmi, Wael, (2007) Cairo's Zabbaleen, Introductory text contribution with Angela Steif in Hermann Huber Cairo's Zabbaleen , Eikon Sonderdruck : Vienna (presented at photography exhibition on the Garbage Collector Community in Cairo-December2005-January2006-Vienna: Generali Foundation )
[29]  Fahmi, Wael (2003) Postmodern Urban Intervention Experimentation: The Urban (Glocal) Incubator in Flos Wildschut (ed), A design for places left over after planning, Atelier HSL: Amsterdam, ISBN 90-77399-02-X, pp 200-201.
[30]  Fahmi, Wael (2002) Reading of Post Modern Public Spaces As Layers Of Virtual Images and Real Events, in Judith Ryser (ed) Final Report on 37th ISoCaRP Congress on Planning in the Information Age,pp 76-77, ISoCaRP supported UNESCO-Voorburg, Netherlands, ISBN 90-755 24-26-9
[31]  Struben, Hein, Puzina, Nadezhda, Fahmi, Wael (2002), A Global Vision, proposals for South Wing of the Randsatd-Netherlands, Implementation Lab, ISoCaRP and Delft University of Technology ,Delft, in Judith Ryser (ed) Final Report on 37th ISoCaRP Congress on Planning in the Information Age,pp 127-132, ISoCaRP supported UNESCO-Voorburg, Netherlands, ISBN 90-755 24-26-9
[32]  Fahmi, Wael (2006) Blogosphere Urbanism : Online Spatiality and Virtual Cyber Diffusion, paper published on CD-Rom Proceedings of The 12th International Planning History Conference: Cross national transfer of planning ideas and local identity IPHS 2006, to be held in New Delhi, India, 11th-14th December 2006
[33]  Fahmi, Wael (2006) Global Tourism and Urban Poor's Right to City : Spatial Contestation within Cairo's historical districts, paper published on CD-Rom of 5th International Symposium on Aspects of Tourism Imagine There's No Countries: INEQUALITY AND GROWTH IN THE AGE OF TOURISM, University of Brighton@Eastbourne 22nd-23rd June 2006-Session theme : Global and Local Conflicts in Tourism
[34]  Fahmi, Wael , (2005), Glocal Heterotopias: Neo-. Flaneur's Narratives within transit spaces, paper presented at and published on CD-Rom of 4th International Symposium :The End of Tourism?MOBILITY AND LOCAL-GLOBAL CONNECTIONS, Centre for Tourism Policy Studies University of Brighton@Eastbourne United Kingdom, 23rd-24th June 2005
[35]  Fahmi Wael (2005), City Of Pixels Experimental Imaging Of Postmodern Other Urban Spaces paper published in Ed./Hg.: Manfred SCHRENK Proceedings of 10th International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies In Urban and Spatial Planning and Impacts of ICT on Physical Space/Tagungsband;, pp 365-376,on CD-Rom Edition ISBN: 3-901673-13-X, (Hardcopy-Edition) ISBN: 3-901673-12-1, also published online on CORP2005 website at CORP 2005 & Geomultimedia05,REAL MODELS-UNREAL WORLD-The Professional Approach to the Unexpected , February 22nd-25th , 2005, Vienna University of Technology
[36]  Fahmi, Wael (2004), Postmodern Spatialities of Glocalisation : Conceptualising Heterotopian Urbansim, paper published IPHS2004 CD-Rom and online on IPHS2004 website presentation at 11th International Planning History Conference IPHS2004, "Planning Models and the Culture of Cities"-Barcelona, 14th-17th July 2004
[37]  Fahmi, Wael (2004), Urban Sustainability and Poverty Alleviation Initiatives Of Garbage Collectors Community:A Stakeholder Analysis Of the Muqattam 'Zabaleen' Settlement in Cairo, paper presentation at the European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) International Housing Conference organised by The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research-Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge 2nd-6th July 2004.
[38]  Fahmi, Wael (2004), Narratives of Transition Within Social Housing Estates: Local Consumption of Public Spaces from 'Post-war' High Rise areas to 'Post Socialist' Mikrorayons paper presentation at the European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) International Housing Conference organised by The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research-Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge 2nd-6th July 2004.
[39]  Fahmi, Wael (2003), City Inside Out(side): Postmodern (Re)presentations-City Narratives and Urban Imageries, paper sent to the Planning Research Conference 2003-Oxford-UK, April 8-10,2003, paper published online!
[40]  Fahmi,Wael (2002), Re-Conceiving The Urban Experience: Deconstructive Experimentation with Cognitive Imaging in Postmodern Cities, presented and published on CD-Rom of conference proceedings of the 10 th International Conference of Planning History, London and Letchworth, 10th-13th July 2002
[41]  Hughes, Sian; Kelly, Justin; Fahmi, Wael; Canal, Eduardo Callejo ; Batista, Claudia; Sonmez, Ipek Ozbek; Boon, Claudia; And Afonso, Margarida (2003) Innovative Ways to Finance Future Projects in Poptahof: how can new projects be financed ? what chances are there for public private partnership in Poptahof ? final report published on CD-Rom produced by The International Institute for the Urban Environment (IIUE) of summer course It Takes You Two! Partnership For Societal And Technological Innovation for Sustainable Regeneration of Post-War High-Rise Urban Areas , Delft, The Netherlands, 9th-14th June 2002