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Farid Al Qeeq - PhD in Urban & Solar Design, March 2004, School of the Built Environment at Nottingham University, United Kingdom.
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Farid Al Qeeq

Ph.D. in Sustainable Urban Design,
Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering,
Director, Centre for Architectural Heritage

Who is Farid Al Qeeq?

Dr. Al-Qeeq has Ph.D. in Sustainable Urban Design from the School of Built Environment at Nottingham University in 2004 and he has B.Sc in Architecture & M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from The Czech Technical University in Prague with distinction in 1996. Currently, serves as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, IUG. Dr. Al-Qeeq is currently an Associate Professor at Department of Architecture. As Head of the Department of Architecture, he has managed to achieve a major progress, especially to launch the Master Program in Architecture and to have the new academic plan for the BSc. approved. In addition, and during this period of time, the Department of Architecture has been selected as the best Department in the Faculty for the year 2007/2008.

Dr. Al-Qeeq has a wide experience in NGOs administration and capacity building. His professional work at the Engineering Association, the School of the Built Environment at Nottingham University, and the Islamic University of Gaza gives him the necessary teaching skills, insight and leadership. He has held several administrative posts within the Islamic University of Gaza, including Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Head of Department of Architecture, Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Director of Centre for Architectural Heritage. In addition, he has served as a head or member of a number of committees within the Islamic University, including his active management of the Steering Committee of the 2nd International Engineering Conference on Construction and Development organised by the Faculty on Sep, 2007 and the Head of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Architectural Heritage organised by the Department of Architecture and Centre for Architectural Heritage on April, 2008, additionally, he headed the Organizing Committee of the 3rd International Conference on Engineering and Gaza Reconstruction in 2010.

Moreover, Dr. Al-Qeeq has been a member of several regional committees, among them his membership in the Scientific Committee of the 1st International Conference on Urban Planning in Palestine organised by Al-Najah National University in 2008, and the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Responsibilities and Opportunities in Architectural Conservation organised by the Centre for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR) in 2008. As the editor of the first architectural magazine in Palestine (Al-Omran), Dr. Al-Qeeq Promoted the architectural work in the region. Also, Dr. Al-Qeeq was a principal consultant in several assessment and evaluation studies for proposals submitted to the Quality Improvement Fund (QIF) through Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) and by the support of the European Commission and World Bank. Additionally, Dr. Al-Qeeq was a member of the committee appointed by the Ministry to approve the engineering certificates in the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Al-Qeeq has held several management positions at the Engineering Association such as, a founding board member and Head of the Engineering Training Centre, Head of Civil and Arch. Committee, Deputy Head of Gaza Branch, and the Managing Editor of the Architectural Forum and first editor of the "Palestinian Engineer – Gaza Governorates" Magazine. He was also the Coordinator of many capacity building programs, and organizational development issues at the Association, including his membership in the Organizing Committee in several important activities such as, the 1st Palestinian Forum for Engineering and Technology, the Fifth and Sixth Engineering Weeks held in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Furthermore, he represents the Association in the Central
Committee for Building and Regulation, which is the main authority responsible of approving the structural and specific plans in the
Gaza Strip.

Dr. Al-Qeeq was also involved, as an Urban Designer at UAD Engineering Office in numerous projects related to urban design and city planning in Prague. In addition, Dr. Al-Qeeq has been involved in many Research Projects in Nottingham University, besides his teaching assistantship in the Architectural Department at the School of Built Environment. Also, Dr. Al-Qeeq was a member of the Advisory Committee for Rafah Region Development. The Committee focused on assessing the services provided, assessment of organizational structure, and Planning issues. Besides, Dr. Al-Qeeq worked as an advisor to the Municipality of Gaza (Technical Advisory and Follow Up Unit, TAFU) where he was involved in reviewing the Master Plan of the City.

Dr. Al-Qeeq is actively participating in various social and civil activities, e.g. he is a board member of Al-Amal Institute for Orphans and the Head of Heritage Committee in the National Commission for Al-Quds Capital of Arab Culture 2009. Dr. Al-Qeeq’s experience gained at the Palestinian Centre for Sustainable Built Environment and Energy (PCSBEE) as a Deputy Head of the Board of Trustees, and his contribution in establishing Jasmine Group for Engineering Consultations and the United Engineering Group (UEG) adds to his technical capacity in many urban and engineering disciplines. Dr. Al-Qeeq Ph.D. Thesis has been recently published as a book titled "Sustainable Urban Design and Climate" by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. The Book has become one of the most important books on Urban Sustainability worldwide.

ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES

  • PhD in Urban & Solar Design, March 2004, School of the Built Environment at Nottingham University, United Kingdom.
  • B.A. & M.Sc. Degree in Architecture, February 1996, Czech Technical University in Prague.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering ( 9/2009 – present), IUG.
  • Head of Department of Architecture, (2007 – 2009), IUG.
  • Associate Professor (2004 - present), Department of Architecture, IUG. Lectured the following graduate courses: Urban Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Design, Architectural Design Studios, and Supervision of several Graduate Projects.
  • Teaching Assistant (2001-2003), School of the Built Environment, Nottingham University. Lectured the following graduate courses: Comprehensive Design & Design and Technology.
  • Conducted Research Projects on Solar Louvre systems & Oman Sustainable Jubilee Centre (2001-2003), School of the Built Environment, Nottingham University.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Urban Designer & City Planner, UAD-studio (Urbanisation-Architecture-Design) (Prague, 1993-1996).
  • Internship for Palestinian technical specialists organised in Milan from May 15th till June 26th 1998 in regional, urban, and transportation issues, as well as to planning and management activities in municipalities.

PROFESSIONAL STATUS
 
At the Faculty Level (Current Occupancy):

  • Director of the Centre for Architectural Heritage
  • A member of the Faculty Committee

At the Department Level:

  • Responsible for the editing of the first Architectural Magazine in Palestine (Al-Omran).

At the Association of Engineers:

  • Coordinator of the Energy Efficient Buildings Training Courses & Workshop
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Engineering Training Centre since 2005
  • President Deputy of the Architectural and Civil Engineering Committee
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Fifth Engineering Week
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the First Engineering Forum for Engineering & Technology

PUBLICATIONS

Papers Presented in Conferences and Edited in the Conference Proceedings:

  • Al-Qeeq, F. and Gadi, M. B. “Solar Insolation Aspects in Bilateral Type of Buildings: A Comparison between Radial Forms with Different Concavities”. In: 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, the School of the Built Environment, Nottingham, UK, 28-30 June 2004.
  • Al-Qeeq, F. and Gadi, M. B. “Mutual Shading of Different Urban Patterns: A Comparison Between Radial and Rectangular Urban Patterns”. In: Proceedings of a one-day seminar for young researchers on Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Urban Environment, the School of the Built Environment, Nottingham, UK, 28th November 2003

PUBLISHED BOOKS:

The Book has become one of the most important books on Urban Sustainability worldwide.

Personal Homepage: http://site.iugaza.edu.ps/falqeeq

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