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Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Howayda Harithy

Department of Architecture and Design

Howayda Harithy

Primary Office
Office Dar Al Handasah-Shair-Architecture Bldg 307
Extension: 3675

Research Interests

My research in Islamic Art and Architecture focuses on Mamluk Egypt and Syria. The research engages theoretical models of interpretation, particularly post-structuralist models, as analytic tools of the production of architectural and urban space in medieval cities. More recent research focuses on urban heritage with special emphasis on the theoretical debate on heritage construction and consumption related to identity building and post war reconstruction projects as applied to the contemporary practice in the Arab World.


1990 - Jan 1992 Harvard University PhD
1987 - Jan 1990 Harvard University Master of Arts (MA)
1985 - Jan 1987 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master of Science (MS)
1980 - Jan 1985 Oregon School of Design Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)

Work Experience

2013 - Present Project Champion and Lead Designer Dar al‐Handasah: Shair and Partners
2007 - Present Professor American University of Beirut
2006 - Present Consultant DGU, Ministry of Public Works
2006 - Present Visiting Scholar Georgetown
2006 - Present Advisor Tane/Architects
2005 - Present Consultant Urbi Architects and Planners
2000 - Present Visiting Associate Professor MIT History, Theory &Criticism Program
1999 - Present Consultant Al‐Mimariyya Architects and Designers
1994 - Present Lecturer Aga Khan Program
1993 - Present Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Architecture MIT
1990 - Present Teaching Fellow Harvard University
1988 - Present Architect Arriyadh Development Authority, High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh
1987 - Present Teaching Assistant MIT
2012 - 2014 Lead Expert and Project Coordinator Municipality of Saida
2001 - 2007 Associate Professor American University of Beirut
2002 - 2005 Technical Advisor American University of Beirut
2003 - 2004 Advisor Habib Debs and Jad Tabet Consultants
2001 - 2002 Technical Advisor the Steering Committee of the AUB Campus Master Plan Project
1997 - 2001 Assistant Professor American University of Beirut
1994 - 1997 Assistant Professor American University of Beirut
1989 - 1994 Advisor to the President Arriyadh Development Authority, High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh