Salma Samar Damluji is a graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the Royal College of Art in London.She worked with Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy in Cairo during 1975-6 and in the 1980s.
In 2008 she established with colleagues in Yemen Daw'an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation based in Mukalla, and has been working on earth construction, rehabilitation and on post-war reconstruction projects in Hadramut.
Her publications include Hassan Fathy Earth & Utopia (2018), The Architecture of Yemen (2007 with an updated edition forthcoming in 2020), and The Architecture of Oman (1998).
She has curated several exhibitions on her work in London, Paris and Madrid. She was elected Member of the Académie d'Architecture, Paris, in 2017, received the Académie d'Architecture's Restoration Award in 2015 and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2012.
She is Professor of the Binladin Chair for Architecture in the Islamic World, at the American University in Beirut since 2013.