Habitat Unit

Doctoral Candidate

Salma Khamis

Salma Kahmis


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Curriculum Vitae

Salma Khamis started as a PhD student at the Habitat Unit in April 2014. She studied architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Helwan University in Cairo before pursuing her master’s degree. In 2009 she completed her master’s thesis, “Adaptive Reuse of valuable Heritage Buildings within the scope of Urban Development of Historic Areas – applied on Bab-Al-Shariyya district” at Cairo University with an award for excellent academic achievement.

The research focus of Salma Khamis is on Heritage Conservation and Urban Development of Historic Areas, Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and Districts considering the socio-economic environment. Supported by the GERLS doctoral programme of the DAAD, she is currently working on her research concerning "Housing the Egyptian Middle Classes - Cooperative Housing approaches and their Implementation 1952-2011".

Since 2009, Salma Khamis worked at the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo primarily for the DFG-Project Aegaron, an online repository for standardised plans and data of ancient Egyptian architecture. 

Before that, she gathered different practical experiences as an architect in several Architecture and Heritage Management Offices in Egypt and Germany. Moreover, she took part in various national and international workshops, not only in relation to Cultural Heritage and Rehabilitation Projects, but also regarding Housing and Urban Planning. She is a member of the International Federation for Housing and Planning, an active team member of Urbego (Young Planning Professionals Platform), as well as a member of the Egyptian Engineering Syndicate.


Master of Science in Architecture (M.Sc.), Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. (Thesis) Adaptive Reuse of Valuable Heritage Buildings within the scope of Urban Development of Historic Areas – applied on Bab Al-Shariyya District. (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Soheir Hawas, Prof. Dr. Dalila ElKerdany).

1998 – 2003
Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.Sc.), Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University. (Thesis) Rehabilitation of El-Sayeda-Zeinab-Square in Old-Cairo.

Abitur (German matriculation examination)
Deutsche Schule der Borromäerinnen, Cairo.

Employment History+

Since 2014
Doctoral Candidate
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin 

2009 – 2014
Architect and Researcher
DFG-Project: Aegaron. DAI Cairo

2006 – 2007
Architect and Researcher
Hampikian-Ibrashy Heritage Management, Cairo 

Freelance Architect
Dr. Krekeler and Partner Architekten, Brandenburg a. d. Havel

Freelance Architect
Dr. Mohamed Tawfik Abdel Gawad Consultancy, Cairo

2003 – 2005
Project Coordinator and PR Representative
Cultural Department of the Goethe Institut Ägypten, Cairo

Research Projects+

2016 – 2019
RealCityLab: Practice-orientation in architectural Education

Habitat Unit-TU Berlin, Funded by BMZ and DAAD

2009 – 2014
DFG Project: Aegaron

Funding acquired by Dr. phil. Ulrike Fauerbach, DAI Cairo.

Teaching Activities+

WS 2007/2008
Winter School: Urban Design in Heritage ContextFaculty of Engineering, Cairo University in cooperation with BTU Cottbus


Other articles and publications

(2015) The building serves the community. Arabic. Cairobserver (3), Cairo

(2015) Venice Smart City Report. Urbego.

(2013) I wish this was ... – Common scenarios for Transvaal. Urbego.


Conference Proceedings

with Ulrike Fauerbach and Martin Sählhof (2011) Aegaron – Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online. In: Heine, Katja et al. eds. Erfassen, Modellieren, Visualisieren, Von Handaufmaß bis HighTech III. 3D in der historischen Bauforschung, Interdisziplinäres Kolloquium, Darmstadt/Mainz, pp. 262–268.

with Ulrike Fauerbach, Willeke Wendrich, Martin Sählhof, Bethany Simpson and Angela Susak (2010) Aegaron – Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online. In: Ioannides, Marinos ed. Digital Heritage: Third International conference, Euromed 2010. Lemessos, Cyprus, pp. 463–472.


Conference Papers


(2014) Housing the Egyptian Middle Class - An Assessment of Housing Policies and their Implementation since 1952. 6th International Conference: Responsive Urbanism in Informal Areas, Cairo University.

(2013) Visualising Egypts Architectural Record - The Aegaron-Project. Visualising the Archaeological Record – Architecture, Inscriptions, Landscape, DAI Kairo.

(2012) From Hard Copy to Soft Copy – Globalizing Ancient Egypt‘s Heritage. Archaeology and Cultural Studies in Egypt, DAI Kairo.


Conference panel chairs

(2015) IHFP roundtable: Housing between identity and memory: on to go. AESOP Annual Congress Prague, 13-16 July.

(2015) Urban Housing: Alternative Housing Models. Egypt Urban Forum (EUF), Cairo, 14-16 June.

(2014) Habitat III - Regional Youth Discussions, Roundtable 3: Housing and Slum upgrading. 6th International Conference: Responsive Urbanism in Informal Areas, Cairo, 25-27 November.

Invited Lectures+

with Hassan Elmouelhi (2015) Cairo - 3 in 1. Seminar: a house a flut a hutt a hat. TU Berlin.

with Ulrike Fauerbach, Martin Sählhof and Eman Shokry (2014) Visualising Egypts Architectural Record - The Aegaron-Project. Deutsches Wissenschaftszentrum, Cairo.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

2014 – 2017
DAAD-GERLS, German-Egyptian Long-Term Scholarship
awarded to support Doctoral Dissertation

Professional and Academic Affiliations+
Other Projects+

Since 2012
Whose Monument
Participatory Design Project for Monument-Street Buffer Zones