Curriculum Vitae - Luna Khirfan

Name:              Luna Khirfan
Rank:              Associate Professor
Employment: The School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, 
                        University of Waterloo
URL:                 http://www.env.uwaterloo.ca/u/lkhirfan/
                        http://uwaterloo.academia.edu/LunaKhirfan
 

Degrees

Ph.D., Urban & Regional Planning

The University of Michigan: Urban & Regional Planning. 

Dissertation:   Historic Preservation and Tourism Development:  Planning for Distinctiveness and Sustainability in Heritage Tourism in Aleppo, Al-Salt, and Acre.

Graduate Certificate, Museum Studies

The University of Michigan:  Museum Studies Program.

M.A., Heritage Management

The University of Birmingham (UK): The Ironbridge Institute for Heritage Management. 

Thesis:  Establishing Sustainable Tourism at the Desert Castles in the Jordanian Badiya.

M.A., Archaeology

The University of Jordan: Department of Archaeology. 

Thesis:  The Church of St. Stephen in Umm Er-Rasas, Castron Mayfa’a, an Analytical Study

B.Sc., Architecture

The University of Jordan: Department of Architecture

Awards and Honours (selected)

Predoctoral Fellowship

The University of Michigan: US$24,000 in addition to full tuition coverage and benefits from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

AAUW Fellowship

American Association of University Women (AAUW): US$20,000 funding through AAUW’s International Fellowship.

Barbour Fellowship

The University of Michigan: a US$12,000 fellowship from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

Platsis Prize

The University of Michigan: Arthur and Mary Platsis Prize for Exceptional Work Relating to the Greek Classical Legacy.

Fulbright Fellowship

The US Department of State & the University of Michigan: US$36,000 in addition to full tuition coverage and benefits for two years.

HSBC- Amman (formerly British Bank)

The HSBC & the British Council in Amman: Full one-year scholarship and living expenses to support my studies for my MA at the Ironbridge Institute, the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Professional Experience

Adjunct Lecturer

The Hashemite University (Jordan): Queen Rania’s Institute for Tourism and Cultural Heritage.

Program Assistant

UNESCO –United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Jordan). Cultural Heritage Department

Architect & Partner  

House of Architecture (Jordan). Senior Partner.

Research and Scholarship

Areas of Interest

  1. Urban stream daylighting/deculverting
  2. Community climate change adaptation
  3. Community engagement, participatory planning, and urban governance
  4. Knowledge transfer and mobility
  5. Historic preservation and cultural resource management

Publication List

Books

  1. Luna Khirfan (December 2014). World Heritage, Urban Design and Tourism: Three Cities in the Middle East. Routledge: London.  
  2. Luna Khirfan, editor (accepted). The Middle East’s New Urban Landscape: Urban Governance and Participatory Planning. McGill-Queens University Press: Montreal.

Articles in refereed journals

  1. Tapan Dhar and Luna Khirfan (in press). Climate Change Adaption in Planning and Design Research: Missing Links and Research Agenda. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.
  2. Luna Khirfan and Mandy Zhang (2016). Climate Change Adaptation in Tobago. ARCH+ Planetary Urbanism: The Transformative Power of Cities. Volume 223, May 2016, pages 178-181.
  3. Tapan Dhar and Luna Khirfan (2016). Community-based Adaptation through Ecological Design: Lessons from Negril, Jamaica. Journal of Urban Design, Volume 21, Issue 2, pages: 234–255.
  4. Luna Khirfan and Zahra Jaffer (2014). Sustainable Urbanism in Abu Dhabi: Transferring the Vancouver Model. Journal of Urban Affairs. Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 482–502.
  5. Luna Khirfan, Bessma Momani, and Zahra Jaffer (2013).  Whose authority? Exporting Canadian urban planning expertise to Jordan and Abu Dhabi.  Geoforum. Volume 50, pages 1–9. 
  6. Bessma Momani and Luna Khirfan (2013). Explaining the Use of Consultants in Ontario Cities. Canadian Public Administration. pages 391–413.
  7. Khirfan, Luna and Bessma Momani (2013). (Re)Branding Amman: the values, the image and the making of place. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy
  8. Luna Khirfan (2013). . The International Journal of Islamic Architecture. Volume 2, No. 2, pages .
  9. Luna Khirfan and Zahra Jaffer (2012). Canadian Planning Knowledge in the Middle East: Transferring Toronto to Amman and Vancouver to Abu Dhabi.  The Canadian Journal of Urban Research, special issue on Canadian Planning and Policy, pages 1–28.
  10. Luna Khirfan (2011).cross-national transfer of planning knowledge. The Journal of Planning Theory and Practice. Volume 12, Issue 4, pages .
  11. Luna Khirfan (2011). GIS, town plan analysis, and historical archival research:understanding the links between inherited built forms and contemporary urban design.Urban Morphology. Volume 5, Issue 1, pages 39–53.
  12. Luna Khirfan (2010). Traces on the palimpsest: Heritage and the urban forms of Athens and Alexandria. Cities. Volume 27, Issue 5, pages 315–325.
  13. Luna Khirfan (2010). From Documentation to Policy Making: Management of Built Heritage in Old Aleppo and Old Acre. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review.  Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 35–54.

Chapters in books - refereed

  1. Brown, H.C.P., Angus, R., Armitage, D., Brown, S., Charles, A., Khirfan, L. and J. MacFadyen (accepted). Building Resilient Coastal Communities in the Context of Climate Change. In Building Community Resilience: From Dark Horses to White Steeds. Edited by: L. Brinklow and R. Gibson. Island Studies Press, Charlottetown, PEI.
  2. Luna Khirfan (accepted). Introduction to The Middle East’s New Urban Landscape: Urban Governance and Participatory Planning. Edited by Luna Khirfan. McGill-Queens University Press: Montreal.
  3. Luna Khirfan and Bessma Momani (accepted). Tracing Participatory Planning In Amman. In The Middle East’s New Urban Landscape: Urban Governance and Participatory Planning. Edited by Luna Khirfan. McGill-Queens University Press: Montreal.
  4. Luna Khirfan (in press). ‘Design charrettes: an approach to community climate change adaptation in Tobago.’  In ‘The Caribbean Region: Adaptation and Resilience to Global Change’, edited by Duncan McGregor and David Barker, University of the West Indies Mona campus, Kingston, Jamaica. 
  5. Luna Khirfan (2016). Design and beyond: accessibility at community gardens in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario.Chapter in Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Edited by: Ren Thomas. Oxford University Press Canada. P: 106-116.

Chapters in books – non-refereed

  1. Luna Khirfan (2015). Place experience and place making in World Heritage Cities. Chapter 12 in World Heritage, Tourism and Identity: Inscription and Co-production, edited by Laurent Bourdeau, Maria Gravari-Barbas, and Mike Robinson. Ashgate Publishing Co.  P: 157-171.
  2. Luna Khirfan (2014).  Learning from Petra.  Essay in: Ecotourism, Nature Conservation and Development: Re-imagining Jordan's Shobak Arid Region. Edited by Aziza Chaouni. Birkhauser: Basel. P: 28-31.
  3. Luna Khirfan (2014). Documentation and Policy Making: Preserving the Built Heritage or the Life Within?  Chapter 11 in: World Heritage and National Registers: Stewardship in Perspective, edited by Celeste Guichard and Thomas Gensheimer. Transaction Publications, a branch of Rutgers University Press. P: 123-137.

Book reviews

  1. Luna Khirfan (2009). Review of Conservation in the Age of Consensus by John R. Pendlebury, Oxford: Routledge, 2008. Journal of Planning Theory and Practice 10 (4): 551-557.
  2. Luna Khirfan (2002). Review of Tourists in Historic Towns, Urban Conservation and Heritage Management by Aylin Orbaşlí, London: Spon, 2000. Journal of American Planning Association (JAPA), summer 2002, vol. 68 number 3: 337-337.

Articles in refereed conference proceedings

  1. Fadi Masoud, Liat Margolis, and Luna Khirfan (2011). Integrated Water-Management: Landscape Infrastructure & Urban Morphology in the Jordan River Watershed.  Proceedings of Conservation of Architecture, Urban Areas, Nature & Landscape, a CSAAR Conference.Pages 49-64.
  2. Luna Khirfan (2011). Place experience and place making in World Heritage Cities. The proceedings of World Heritage and Tourism: Managing the Global and the Local (2010), Quebec City, Canada, June 2-4, 2010. Presses de l'Université Laval. ISBN 2763794386, 9782763794389.
  3. Luna Khirfan (2010). Traditional Urban Landscapes in Jordan: between cultural intimacy and mass mediation. Proceedings of the Twelfth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Beirut, Lebanon. IASTE Working Paper Series Volume 238: Architecture, Tradition, and the Utopia of the Nation-State.
  4. Luna Khirfan (2003). Planning for Sustainable Tourism in the Dead Sea Basin presented at Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries in the Urban and Regional Contexts, a symposium held at the University of Michigan in March and April of 2003.

Conference papers (non refereed)

  1. Luna Khirfan (2015). Design charrettes: an approach to community climate change adaptation in Charlottetown, PEI. Presented at the North Atlantic Forum “Building Resilient Communities: Innovation, Culture, and Governance in Place”, held in Summerside, Prince Edward Island between 16 – 19 September 2015.
  2. Luna Khirfan (2014). Design charrettes: an approach to community climate change adaptation in Tobago. Presented at the Caribbean Region: Adaptation and Resilience to Global Change, an International Seminar at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, June 24th-27th, 2014.
  3. Luna Khirfan, Catherine Yoon, Megan Kevill, and Jacqueline Lee (2012).Ecological Landscape Urbanism, Urban Design, and Urban Morphology: The Covering and Daylighting of Amman’s and Seoul’s Urban Streams. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Waterloo, Ontario, 28 May – 2 June 2012.
  4. Zahra Jaffer and Luna Khirfan (2012).Sustainable Urbanism in Abu Dhabi: Transferring the Vancouver Model.  Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Waterloo, Ontario, 28 May – 2 June 2012.
  5. Luna Khirfan and Mojgan Rasouli (2012). Public Participation in World Heritage Planning: the Evolution of a Concept. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Waterloo, Ontario, 28 May – 2 June 2012.
  6. Mojgan Rasouli and Luna Khirfan (2012). The evolution of the concept of public participation in heritage planning with particular focus on ICOMOS Charters and UNESCO Operational Guidelines. Paper presented at the Association of European Schools of Planning’s Annual Congress, Ankara, Turkey, 11 – 15 July 2012. Abstract ID: 931 – Oral Track: 17. Planning Practice.
  7. Luna Khirfan (2010). The Global Transfer of Planning Ideas: From Toronto to Amman and Back.Paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference, Minneapolis, USA, 7-11 October 2010.
  8. Khirfan, Luna. Traces on the palimpsest: heritage and the urban forms of Athens and Alexandria.  Paper presented at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Barcelona, Spain, July 19-24, 2010.
  9. Luna Khirfan (2009). Heritage and Community Engagement: from Tokenism to Empowerment.  Paper presented at the Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region Amman, Jordan, 4-7 April 2009.
  10. Luna Khirfan (2009). Documentation and policy-making: preserving the built heritage or the life within? Paper presented at the 6th Savannah Symposium: World Heritage in Perspective, the Department of Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design, USA, 19-21 February 2009.
  11. Luna Khirfan (2008). From documentation to policy-making, the missing links in the curatorial management of built heritage. Paper presented at the 6th Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation, Rome, Italy, 8-14 December 2008.
  12. Luna Khirfan (2007). Regulations and the Life Within. Paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 18-21 October 2007.
  13. Luna Khirfan (2006). Three historic cities, three historic preservation approaches, and three consequences.  Paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference, Ft Worth, Texas, 9-12 November 2006.
  14. Luna Khirfan (2005). Place-as-Product: planning for heritage tourism in historic towns. Paper presented at the ACSP Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, 27-30 October 2005.
  15. Luna Khirfan (2005). Welcome to Our Traditional Home. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Santa Fe, NM, 5-10 April 2005.
  16. Luna Khirfan (2002). From Glasgow to Amman: Historic Cities, Tourism and the Sense of Civic Pride. Paper presented at the First International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation, Zarqa, Jordan, August 2002.
  17. Luna Khirfan (2002). Paper presented at the First International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation, Zarqa, Jordan, August 2002.

Innovative Design

Design competition

Khirfan, Luna and Mandy Zhang (2015). Community-Based Climate Change Adaptation in Tobago. Second category winner in the international design competition titled “Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design” by UN-HABITAT and ARCH+.

Newspaper articles and on-line media

  1. Luna Khirfan. 27 June 2006: A Jordanian in Haifa. The Jerusalem Post, Israel. Op-Ed section.Available at: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=26108
  2. Luna Khirfan. March 30th, 2000: Regrettable end or regrettable beginning? The Jordan Times, Jordan. Op-Ed section, page 3.

Lectures and workshops

  1. Luna Khirfan. July 2011:A Tale of Three Cities:  Debating our Urban Future. In my capacity as Visiting Fellow at Columbia University Middle East Research Center, I co-organized and participated as a moderator and panelist in a three-part series of urban planning movies. This public event was co-hosted by the Amman Institute for Urban Development.More information is available at:     http://www.arch.columbia.edu/event/events/tale-three-cities-debating-our-urban-future- i?filter=50
  2. Luna Khirfan. July 10, 2011: Inclusive Urban Planning: How Public is Amman’s Public Realm?Invited to present at the Amman Lab, an urban design studio organized by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and hosted by Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC) in Amman. More information is available at: http://www.arch.columbia.edu/studiox/ammanlab 
  3. Luna Khirfan. 12 June 2011 and 24 July 2011: Planning Theories and Practices.Invited by the Amman Institute for Urban Development and the UN-Habitat to offer an academic lecture to a group of high-ranking Iraqi planners and policy-makers.
  4. Luna Khirfan. 7 March 2011: Jordan’s New Urban Landscape: Achieving Inclusive Urban Planning? Invited to offer this presentation by Ghent University, Germany, the German Jordanian University, and the Amman Institute for Urban Development.
  5. Luna Khirfan. 16 February 2011: From Documentation to Policy-Making: Managing Old Aleppo's Built Heritage.  Invited to offer this public lecture by Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman, Jordan and the Amman Institute for Urban Development. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE-2_l1DVmA
  6. Luna Khirfan. January 2006:Place as Product, Planning for Distinctiveness and Sustainability in Heritage Tourism.Invited to offer this presentation twice: firstly at the Technion University in Haifa, Israel and secondly, at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, Israel.
  7. Luna Khirfan. April 2005: The Desert Castles in the Jordanian Badiya. Invited by the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan, to offer a presentation for the Public Lecture Series.
  8. Luna Khirfan.22 October 2005: Tourism, representation, and the identity of place.Invited to offer this presentation by the organizers of the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  9. Luna Khirfan. 2005:The Home & Self Representation in Tourism.Invited to offer this presentation by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Wyandotte Branch, Michigan.

Record of research applications (selected)

Project

Agency

Role

Amount Received

Year

The Middle East’s New Urban Landscape: Case studies on Urban Governance and Practice

The University of Waterloo

Book editor (and author of two chapters)

$8000

2016

The Potential of Daylighting (Deculverting) Urban Streams for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and for Place-Making: Amman’s Seil and Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon

SSHRC (Insight Grant)

PI (& sole applicant)

$243,814

2016

A Contested Public Realm: Development, Inequality, and Mobility in Amman and Beirut

Arab Council for the Social Sciences, Beirut

PI

US $45,000

2013

Developing a Network of Middle East Scholars Studying Participatory Planning in the Middle East Urban Landscape

Waterloo International & Waterloo Research (uWaterloo International Research Partnership Grants)

CI

PI: Bessma Momani

$10,000

2012

Developing a Network of Middle East Scholars Studying Participatory Planning in the Middle East Urban Landscape

Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC)

PI

US $5,000

2012

The Middle East’s New Urban Landscape: Inclusive Urban Planning or Democratic Deficit?

SSHRC-IDG

PI

$73,856

2011

The Global Appcability of Planning Models: Lessons from Toronto and Vancouver to Amman and Abu Dhabi, and back

SSHRC

PI

$23,695

2011

Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA)

IDRC and the Canadian Research Councils (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR)

Co-Applicant

PI: Daniel Scott & M. Simpson

$2.5 million

My share = $100,000

2011

The Global Appcability of Planning Models: Lessons from Toronto and Vancouver to Amman and Abu Dhabi, and back

Columbia University Middle East Research Center

PI

US $20,000

2010

Jordan’s New Urban Landscape: Inclusive Urban Planning or Democratic Deficit?

SSHRC-RDI

CI

PI: Bessma Momani

$8,000 (4-A status)

2010

Jordan’s New Urban Landscape: Inclusive Urban Planning or Democratic Deficit?

Amman Institute for Urban Development

PI

CI: Bessma Momani

$8,000

2010

The Global Appcability of Planning Models: Lessons from Toronto to Amman…and back?

UW SEED-SSHRC

PI

$4,285

2008

Teaching

PLAN 210: Design and the Environment

PLAN 210 is an undergraduate-level core course that offers the students a problem-based exploration of urban and regional design in the physical-natural, built, social-cultural environment. I supplement the studio component of this course with a series of lectures that introduce the students to the basic concepts of urban design. Simultaneously, through networking with regional municipalities, I select real urban design projects that fit the needs of these municipalities while allowing the students to address real-life urban design challenges. Moreover, with an enrolment that averages 80 students, I designed this course’s assignments to include both individual and group projects, while studio reviews and desk critiques ensure that the students are mentored throughout their learning process. Students’ design proposals for this course have won the City of Kitchener Urban Design Awards for the student category.

I have taught this course continuously since Fall 2007 through Fall 2013.

PLAN 309: Site Planning and Design 

PLAN 309 is an undergraduate elective design studio for students in the Urban Design Specialization. This course focuses on the planning and design of individual sites and small scale developments. When I taught this course I selected the Malting Silos at Toronto’s Waterfront as a project site. I arranged for experts from Waterfront Toronto to take the students on a tour of the site and to offer a series of presentations that enabled the students to situate the site within the larger urban context.

I have taught this course once, in Winter 2009.

PLAN 346: Public Participation and Mediation

PLAN 346 is an undergraduate level core course critically explores the various approaches and techniques such as Public Participation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation, which are used extensively in modern planning. Accordingly, I have designed the course to ensure that the students possess a strong understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of public participation that lead to stakeholder involvement in urban planning. Based on these theories, the course’s content then underscores the various ensuing approaches and practices of stakeholder involvement  – by delving into the various tactics of citizen engagement available to urban planners, by assessing each tactic’s suitability for particular aspects and/or stages of the planning process and, by consequence, by evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of each tactic. In order to do so, I deploy experiential learning in my teaching of PLAN 346 by deploying project-based, game-based, and case-based pedagogical approaches. The classroom sessions thus integrate in-class activities and a term-long activity. Throughout this experiential learning process, this course seeks to nurture critical thinking skills among the students. 

PLAN 408/648: Seminar on Urban Design / Urban Design Philosophy and Methodology

PLAN 408/648 is a cross listed undergraduate and graduate level elective seminar that explores the traditional and contemporary theories of urban design with a particular focus on applications and research methods. I continuously change the readings for this course to address current issues in urban design, including: climate change, landscape ecological urbanism, historic preservation, and participatory urban design among others. The assignments link theory and practice and underscore developing the students’ repertoire of skills, and include: weekly reflection papers that allow the students to contemplate the readings and a case-study analysis in which each student dissects an existing urban design case study through the lens of the course readings using visualizations.

I have been teaching this course since Spring 2008.

PLAN 474/674: Community Climate Change Adaptation, Research-Based Studio

PLAN 474/674 is a cross listed undergraduate and graduate research-based studio in which I link my on-going research on climate change and my teaching of urban design. This course focuses on specific case studies that are included in the Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA) research project, including: Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago), Negril (Jamaica), and Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island, Canada). Using my research funding, I offset most of the travel costs for the participating students to these locations. The objective was to collect primary data in order to identify the vulnerabilities that ensue from climate change and from human activities and then to propose adaptations that remedy and/or mediate these climate change vulnerabilities while including the input of the local communities. Through these courses, I trained my students in deploying the community design charrettes as data collection tactics, as knowledge exchange mechanisms, and as participatory design strategies. Other data collection methods that I trained the students during these courses included: visual surveys and mappings, interviews, and observations among others. I also trained the students in managing the collected data as a crucial step to data analysis that, eventually, informed the design proposals and the policy recommendations for climate change adaptation through urban design.

I have taught three iterations of this course since Spring 2013 in three different locations, namely: Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago), Negril (Jamaica), and Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island, Canada).

PLAN 705: Design in Planning

PLAN 705 is a graduate level on-line course that investigates how design can become a catalyst for positive urban transformation. This course explores the current debates on design’s role in shaping contemporary urbanism whether through architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design. The course commences with the material city –the physical container of urbanism– by reviewing its historic evolution, understanding its context, and its various measures. Lastly, the course explores movement,

flows, and flux of urbanism. This course then transitions beyond the material city and beyond the intentions of design to address the role of community, culture, politics and the economy in shaping contemporary urbanism.

Throughout the course, various interactive learning tools introduce the students to various contemporary case studies around the world, including: readings, documentaries, personal interviews with experts, podcasts, and websites, among many others. Collectively, these resources augment the students’ understanding of design’s role in shaping urban transformation.

Service

Committees

University of Waterloo

  1. Member of the Human Research Ethics Committee. September 2015 – on-going.
  2. Chairing Ph.D. Examinations. September 2013 – September 2015.

Faculty

  1. Faculty of Environment Council. September 2009 – August 2014.
  2. Rosen Award Committee. Winter 2008 and Fall 2009.
  3. International Development Faculty Hiring Committee. Winter 2008.

Department/School

  1. School of Planning Tenure and Promotion Committee. May 2015 – on-going
  2. Library liaison faculty member for the University of Waterloo Library. September 2014 – on-going.
  3. Faculty Hiring Committee for two positions “urban services” and “health and planning”.Winter 2013.
  4. Article-based thesis subcommittee. Winter 2012.
  5. Internationalization sub-committee. Winter 2010.
  6. Organized a ‘design charrette’ for the Region of Waterloo Public Health and other local partners.Fall 2010:
    1. The charrette was held at the School of Planning, and I involved over 50 Undergraduate and Graduate students in this community service and learning experience.  I supervised the students for two weeks after the charrette as they refined their proposed designs for four different community gardens to become accessible to physically challenged users. I also involved other faculty members (e.g. Dr. Steffanie Scott, GEM) in the activity as facilitators.

Other University service

Guest lecturing (selected)

  1. Ryerson University’s SURP Expo – an initiative by the Ryerson Association of Planning Students for the Undergraduate Urban and Regional Planning program (SURP). Lecture titled “Place Making and Place Experience at World Heritage Cities”. Friday, 2 March 2012.
  2. Master of Landscape Architecture, the University of Toronto: guest lecturer for a land use studio taught by Fadi Masoud and Fionne Byrne. Fall 2013.
  3. Faculty of Environment: served as a guest lecturer for Tour 601/Geo 671/Led 671/Geo 423, a course taught by Professor Sanjay Nepal. Fall 2013.
  4. Center for Career Action: served as a Faculty Panelist in the seminar titled “International Research Opportunities.” Fall 2011.
  5. The German-Jordanian University, a public university based in Amman, Jordan:served as a Guest Lecturer in their graduate program on three separate occasions. 2011.
  6. CUT and Internationalization Centre for Teaching Excellence, UW: served as a Faculty Panelist in a workshop for international TAs at UW titled "Teaching Canadian Students: Tips from International Faculty.” Winter 2010.

Community service (selected)

  1. Interview on CBC Radio, Charlottetown, PEI – June 2015 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/saving-charlottetown-heritage-as-sea-levels-rise-1.3098423)  & September 2015 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/flood-threat-could-be-managed-with-charlottetown-parks-1.3236442)
  2. Interview on CBC Radio 1’s Spark! with Nora Young. Aired on 14 December 2014.
  3. L’Esprit Condominiums: I have been serving my Downtown East community in Toronto in the rehabilitation and re-design of a strata park where the open space belongs to the City of Toronto, but the underground facilities belong to L’Esprit Condominiums. August 2013 – on-going. Part of my tasks included community engagement activities.
  4. Toronto Public Library: volunteer in the Leading to Reading initiative at the Toronto Public Library’s St. James Branch (Sherbourne and Wellesley Streets) where I work with young children to improve their reading and writing skills. January 2012 – on-going.
  5. Organized a book workshop at Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman.Winter 2012.
  6. UNESCO Middle East headquarters in Amman, Jordan: I was invited to participate in an Experts’ Advisory Group to debate the 4 July 2011 and 1 July 2012.

Professional Activities

Positions held or service to professional societies

  1. Academic and Founding Member of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (Can-U). October 2009 – on going
  2. Member of the International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF).

Refereeing

Book proposals

  1. Routledge, May 2016
  2. Routledge, February 2016
  3. Routledge, September 2015.

Journals:

  1. International Journal of Islamic Architecture, July 2016
  2. Urban Design International, April 2016
  3. Enquiry-The ARCC journal of Architectural Research, January 2016
  4. Urban Design International, February 2015.
  5. Environment and Planning B, January 2015.
  6. Tourism Planning and Development, January 2015.
  7. SAGE Open: one manuscript review in 2014.
  8. International Journal of Islamic Architecture: one manuscript review in 2014.
  9. Canadian Journal of Urban Research: two manuscript reviews between 2012 and 2014.
  10. Journal of Cultural Heritage: three manuscript reviews between February 2013 and April 2014.
  11. Urban Morphology: six manuscript reviews between April 2010 and August 2014.
  12. International Development Planning Review: one manuscript review in October-November 2013
  13. Landscape and Urban Planning: one manuscript review between March and April 2013
  14. Cities: four manuscript reviews between June 2009 and February 2013.
  15. Urban Design International: two manuscript reviews between June-July 2012 and March-May 2013.
  16. Journal of Urban Affairs: one manuscript review June-August 2009.
  17. Journal of Planning Theory and Practice: book review “Conservation in the Age of Consensus”, March-June 2009.

Refereeing grant applications:

  1. OKTA, Hungary. April 2015.
  2. MITACS Elevate Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program (ELVT14). Grant application review. September 2014.
  3. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Grant application review. DAAD is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. I reviewed one application for one of its new funding programs dubbed P.R.I.M.E. (Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience). PRIME is co-financed by the Marie Curie Programme of the European Commission for outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities. The review took place between May and June 2014.
  4. King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia: External Reviewer. June-July 2011
  5. Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS): Panel Chair. Winter 2009.

Reviewed 63 graduate applications for OGS, chaired the panel hence coordinated with other panel chairs to hold two telephone meetings to finalize the results.  The time commitment was significant.

Design Jury:

  1. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, the University of Toronto: Jury Member for “Crossing Borders” an Ontario-wide design competition for students in architecture and urban design. December 2012.

Visiting critic panels:

  1. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, the University of Toronto: Guest Critic for the Master of Landscape Architecture final reviews of thesis projects.  Saturday, 20 April 2013.
  2. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, the University of Toronto: Guest Critic for the Master of Landscape Architecture term projects.  Twice during Winter 2012.
  3. The German-Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan: Guest Critic for the final theses proposals for the MA students. Invited by Professor Aziza Chaouni twice during April 2011.
  4. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, the University of Toronto: Guest Critic for the Master of Landscape Architecture graduation projects.  Invited by Professor Liat Margolis in Winter 2010.

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