The Faculty of Architecture & Interior Design presents

International Virtual Symposium

New Sustainability Practices in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

Organized by the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in collaboration with Sherbrook University (Canada) and La Rochelle University (France).

The symposium aims to address the latest advancements in the field, stressing on the importance of sustainable material and construction techniques in architecture. It also seeks to educate attending professionals, officials, educators, and university students from the related fields (architecture, civil engineering, material engineering, etc.) which will be invited from a variety of municipalities, firms, and universities within the region, to inspire innovation, and fuel the future in sustainable buildings. The symposium will attempt to highlight practical ways in which we can improve in this domain moving forward.


  • Disseminate information on recent innovations in the field.
  • Strengthen the multidisciplinary approach to sustainable architecture and engineering design and implementation.
  • Encourage further collaboration between architecture and engineering to create a more sustainable society and built environment.
  • Strengthen the research-practice relationship to move towards better architecture and engineering methods.
  • Promote further research and discussion in this field within the region.
  • Encourage the incorporation of sustainability as a concept into architecture in the region.


5:00pm - 5:10pm

Opening Allocution

Professor Karim Chelli, CUD President

5:15pm - 5:35pm

Sustainability and the application of the SDGs to architecture, Urban Planning, Construction and Engineering.

H.E. Dr. Dena Assaf, UN Resident Coordinator for the UAE

5:35pm - 5:55pm

Recent Advances in Concrete Technology and Sustainability Issues.

Professor Ammar Yahia, Sherbrooke University, Canada

5:55pm - 6:15pm

Advanced Architectural Design for Sustainable Buildings and Microclimate Environment.

Professor Rafik Belarbi (Laboratory of Engineering Sciences for the Environment LaSIE at La Rochelle University, France)

6:15pm - 6:35pm

Beauty in the eye of the Influencer: The impact of Globalization on aesthetic sensibilities.

Kourosh Salehi, Design Director-MENA, LWK + Partners, Dubai

6:35pm - 6:45pm


6:45pm - 7:25pm

Q/A & Discussion Session Moderator: Dr. Constantin Victor Spiridonidis





For more information or any questions, please reach out to Dr. Seif Khiati via


Biography - Anmar Yahia

Prof. Ammar Yahia

Full Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Building Engineering

University of Sherbrooke

Prof. Ammar Yahia is a Canadian Certified Professional Engineer, and currently he is a Full Professor at Department of Civil Engineering and Building Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada). Prof. Yahia is the director of the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair on development of fluid concrete with adapted rheology (BFRA), a 5-year collaborative research NSERC-University of Sherbrooke-8 industrial partners. He was the Chair of Civil Engineering Department at ALHOSN University in Abu Dhabi (2008-2009). He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Structural performance from the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Moncton (Canada), and B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Ecole Nationale d’Alger (Algeria). Dr. Yahia has more than 25 years of professional experience in academic research and construction industry. Dr. Yahia was involved in various technical consultations and construction projects in Canada, Japan, Algeria, and Libya. Dr. Yahia has supervised more than twenty graduate students’ research projects and has authored and co-authored more than hundred papers in prestigious scientific Journals and at International conferences. Dr. Yahia is member of the ACI (237 and 552) and RILEM committees and has served as reviewer for conferences and journals, including American Concrete Institute (ACI), Cement and Concrete Research (CCR), Building and Materials Journal, Concrete and computer, and Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE).

Biography - Rafik Belarbi

Prof. Rafik Belarbi

Full Professor, Former Head of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Department (2007-2020)

University of La Rochelle

Prof. Rafik Belarbi (DR.-Ing) is a Senior Professor of Civil Engineering and had been (2007-2019) Head of Civil department of La Rochelle University. He is the Editor of Advances of Civil Engineering (Hindawi). His major thrust areas of research cover wide spectrum and several domains. It covers multi physic and multiscale approaches as: sustainable building material for energy and environment applications and durability aspect. His main expertise is in microstructural, thermal, physical, and hydric characterization of porous building material and heat and mass transfers with application in Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Indoor Environment and durability of constructions.

Since 1994, he was involved in several national and international projects dealing with heat and moisture transfer in the building energy conservation. The main projects are: Pascool/Joule and Altener/Sink (passive cooling systems modelling and their impact on the building energy consumption), PDEC/Joule II (Utilisation of Passive Downdraught Evaporative Cooling systems on non-domestics buildings), Joule/Thermie B (Efficient Ventilation Systems for Buildings), Altener/Greencode (Reglementary Frame for Renewable Energy Use in Urban Site Through Vegetation Planting and Strategic Surfacing), Altener/SolVent, (Development of Strategies for Efficient Use of Solar Passive Ventilation in Urban Buildings) and Altener/Cluster (Solar Passive Heating and Cooling), Seventh Framework Programme" Marie Curie (OldMasonryRepair), Erasmus+: programme “Capacity Building in Higher Education," and “Boosting Environmental Protection and Energy Efficient Buildings in Mediterranean Region”. He is author or co-author of more than 100 papers in international journals or international conferences. Since October 2007, he is the Head of the Civil Engineering Department.

He is author of more than 100 papers in international journal. His google scholar citations are 2550+ with H-Index of 26.

Biography - H.E. Dr. Dena Assaf

H.E. Dr. Dena Assaf

United Nations Resident Coordinator, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Dr. Dena Assaf is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates and Deputy Commissioner General for the UN at Expo2020. She has been with the United Nations for over 20 years in various senior management positions and advisory roles including with UN Peace Keeping, the UN Development Programme, UN Women, and the UN Sustainable Development Group at UN headquarters, the Arab Region, and various UN country offices. She has a Bachelors in Architectural Engineering, Masters in Architecture and Urban Design, and PhD in Urban Design and Planning.  Prior to her work with the United Nations, Dr. Assaf worked in architecture and urban planning advisory services. Dr. Assaf is Palestinian American and is fluent in English and Arabic.

Biography - Kourosh-Salehi

Kourosh Salehi

MENA Design Director for LWK + PARTNERS.

Architect, Urbanist, and Educator

Kourosh Salehi is the MENA Design Director for LWK + PARTNERS. He is a British Architect, Urbanist, and educator with over 25 years international experience.

He has designed and successfully delivered a range of award winning multidisciplinary signature projects in the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Middle East. Kourosh has established a comprehensive portfolio of constructed and award winning projects in London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha, and Dubai amongst others, covering a wide spectrum of projects.

As a Design Director, he has designed a diverse range of projects from concept to detail design including mixed-use of various scales, hospitality, high end luxury, and low cost residential projects.

As an urban designer, he has led the design process for urban skyline, large scale master planning like “Qetaifan Island” in Doha, and was the team leader for compiling the Architectural Design Guidelines for the Emirates of Sharjah.

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