I joined Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer in 2016 following 3 years of teaching part-time at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and I have a Doctorate in Architecture, awarded by the University of Edinburgh 2016. My thesis focuses on strategies for the understanding of the architectural values of the early historic sites and their conservation. I also obtained a Master’s degree in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh 2011. I graduated with a BA (hons) from the School of Architecture, Al-Baath University, Syria in 2005, followed by a Diploma in Architectural Design in 2007. Before commencing my PG studies in the UK, I was involved in teaching as a design teaching fellow between 2006 and 2010 at the School of Architecture, Al-Baath University, Homs, Syria. In addition, I practiced architecture during the same period through my own Practice and the local city council.
Historic structures bear valuable knowledge of place, being authentic as their architecture is frozen, but their tangible and intangible significance is detached from contemporary debates. Therefore, my research line focuses on setting a conservation framework to enhance the understanding of historic structures, landscape and ruins and their cultural values, and eventually contribute to their preservation and presentation. This multidisciplinary framework is based upon critical analysis of the building’s history, architecture and archaeology.
I am interested in using a virtual-modelling approach that allows re-appraising of the conservation framework and the original architectural experience in its environmental and cultural conditions. This approach produces substantial material sufficient to engage local people, visitors, academics, conservation specialists and professional bodies and ensure obtaining constructive feedback on the conservation proposal from them. Grasping the intrinsic values that the community and other professional groups assign to historic structures will facilitate the exploration of architectural interventions and enhance their communication with the public and integration to UG and PG teaching.