Fields of activities:
» Architecture and design
Brief description of your activity focus
Associate professor in the field of architecture and conservation
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
EXPERTISE:Currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Menoufeya University, Egypt, and
a practicing architect.Research interests include the conservation of cultural heritage of
Alexandria and its urban development plans.Currently a consultant at the Alexandria and
Mediterranean Research Center (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Alexandria, Egypt. Feb. 2004–Present.
Highlights of the Expertise include the following:Project Coordinator for Mediterranean
Voices project; a Euro-Med Heritage II program funded by the European Union, 2004-2006 (www.med-
voices.org). Committee member responsible for organizing the Bibliotheca Alexandrina architectural
competition titled Development of the Eastern Harbor, February 2005 & September 2006Co-organized the
“Med Cities, dialogue among culture” conference, forum, and exhibition, a project funded by the World
Bank, 2004-2005.Participation, in cooperation with Alexandria Governorate and The World Bank, in
the conception of the Alexandria future development strategy (emphasis on the preservation and
promotion of the Alexandrias heritage).Alexandria Metamorphosis architectural design team-
member. This is a project exhibited in the 9th International Biennale of Architecture, Cities on Water
Section, Venice, Italy, September 2004.Conducted research for Ramses II, a research project
funded by the EU, September 2006.Participated in the conception, development and realizing of
Alexandria Cultural Routes, covering the cultural, social, historical aspects of Alexandria, 2006.
Participated in several EU funded projects within the Euromed Heritage II program, Medvoices,
Ramses2 and Strabon.Prepared proposals for participating in EU funded projects as Archi-Med,
Team-member of a consultancy professional group for the Preparation of Urban Plans for Egyptian
Villages’ Pilot Project, a research project sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Infrastructure and Urban
Settlements, 2003.Team-member of a consultancy professional group for The Preparation of Urban
Plans for Egyptian Villages’ Strategic Project, a research project sponsored by The Ministry of Housing,
Infrastructure and Urban Settlements, 2006.Member of several committees accepting and
inspecting final construction work and handing over buildings to clients.Assistant Commissioner
for The Egyptian Architectural Exhibition, in The 10th Biennale of Architecture, Venice, 2006.
Certified Consultant at the General Authority for Urban and Regional Planning, September 2005.
National representative, The International Committee For The Conservation Of The Industrial Heritage.
EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Focused thematic foresight
» Mutual learning and co-operation
|Project Type||Other (International)|
|Project Title||Mediterranean Voices|
|Specific Theme||Oral Histrory|
|Coordinator||London Met University|
International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
RESEARCH PAPERS and PUBLICATIONS
Yasser G. Aref Adoptive reuse of Fire House # 2 Applied Research (option) Paper Topics, City and Regional
Planning Program. College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994.
Yasser G. Aref, Rural Tourism: An Approach to Rural Development, the 3rd Conference of Egyptian Rural
Development, University of Menofeya, Faculty of Engineering, Egypt, September 2001.
Yasser G. Aref, Value Engineering Applications in Architecture, Al-Azhar 7th Engineering International
Conference, Faculty of Engineering, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, April 2003.
Yasser G. Aref, Controlling the Expansion of Rural Settlements in Egypt, the 4th Conference of Egyptian
Rural Development, University of Menofeya, Faculty of Engineering, Egypt, September 2003.
Yasser G. Aref, Tourism as a Key Component in Urban Conservation Plans, the 1st International Conference
on Architectural Conservation between Theory and Practice, Dubai, UAE, March 2004.
Yasser G. Aref, Development of Desert Settlements, Case of Siwa Oasis Egypt, the 1st Conference, Arch-
Cairo. Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, February 2004.
Yasser G. Aref, Mohsen Ibrahim, Architectural and Planning Aspects in Future Cities, the 1st Conference.
Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Mansoura University, April 2004.
Yasser G. Aref, Revitalization of Downtowns, Downtown Alexandria Rediscovered, Ismarmed, International
Seminar for Mediterranean Heritage, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, March, 2005.
Faisal Abdel Maksoud, Yasser G. Aref, Mona Ezzat, The Role of Private Sector in Rural Development, the 5th
conference of Egyptian Rural Development, University of Menofeya, Faculty of Engineering, Egypt,
Yasser G. Aref, Alexandrias Forgotten Architecture, Defensive Buildings of Alexandria, First Euro
Mediterranean Regional Conference, Traditional Mediterranean Architecture. Present and Future,
RehabiMed, Barcelona, Spain, July 2007. (poster session)
Yasser G. Aref, The Informalization of Heritage, The Case of The Turkish Town, Alexandria, Egypt, The
International Conference Scenarios of Illicit Living, Agrigento, Italy, October 2007.
Yasser G. Aref, Mohamed M. Mehaina, Urban Natural Forms, Lake Mariout Scenarios of Deterioration Or
Prospects of Sustainability, GreenLink Mediterranean seminar, “Respecting Nature and Environment In
Urban Extensions”, Seminar co financed by InterregIIIBMedocc, Firenze, 30 May 2008.
Yasser G. Aref, Urban Renewal of Old Residential Districts in Downtown Areas, The case of the Turkish
Town, Alexandria, Egypt, IV International Forum of Studies “Mediterranean City”, organized by Department
of Architecture and Analysis of the Mediterranean City, Universita Mediterranea, Reggio Calabria, Italy, 27-
29 May 2008.
Yasser Aref, Alexandrias Forgotten Architecture, The lighthouses of Alexandria, seminar on Heritage
Conservation and Development in Educational Practice organized by the Laboratory Cities & Patrimony,
Department of Architecture and Town Planning at Mentouri university, 4-5 November 2009
Yasser Aref, Alexandrias Forgotten Architecture, The lighthouses of AlexandriaCultural Heritage Cairo 2009
4th International Congress on Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage of the
Mediterranean Basin 2-4 December 2009, Cairo, Egypt
Yasser Aref, “Heritage Management and Sustainability, The Case of the Ottoman Town, Alexandria, Egypt”,
conference on Technology & Sustainability in the Built Environment, organized by college of Architecture
and Planning at King Saud University, 3-6 January 2010
Yasser Aref, Tasneem Khalil, Evaluation of Large Scale Housing Projects in Terms of Their Compatibility to
Criteria of Environmental Design, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS 6th International Engineering and
Construction Conference (IECC’6), Cairo, Egypt, June 28-30, 2010