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 Research Activities

​​The Department of Architecture at the KFUPM has a clear commitment of creating a healthy, efficient, beautiful and life-enhancing built environment: good design, sound buildings, efficient management and social responsibility. These qualities underlie in all of our research initiatives and activities in the department. The faculty members of the Architecture Department are involved in both individual and collaborative research. At present the department does not have an approved graduate program. Therefore, the department lacks postgraduate research assistants. All Architecture faculty members are expected to be actively involved in research and scholarly activities. Expectations for teaching staff’s involvement in research and scholarly activities are clearly specified and considered during the initial appointment, in performance evaluation and for promotion. Faculty members are evaluated in research on the basis of the quality of the journal and only ISI journal publications are considered for promotion purposes. Usually to receive an A+ grade in the research activity the faculty member should have published at least one journal paper per year. Additionally the funded research projects are taken into consideration. The Architecture Department at present has 4 full-time faculty members with PhD degree and their expertise cover a comprehensive spectrum of research fields of Architecture. Sometimes, the faculty members in the department involve undergraduate students in their respective research. Currently the following funded research projects are being carried out by the Architecture Department faculties:

  • Project title: “Measuring Building Sustainability: Developing the Saudi Sustainable Building Assessment Tool (SSBAT)”; Funding Agency: King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST); Funding Program: National Science Technology and Innovation Program; Forth Cycle (Grant # 13-BUI2192-04). Duration: 24 Months (September 2014 –August, 2016); Budget: SAR 1,727,700 (US$ 466,000 Approx); Principal Investigator: Dr Jamal Al-Qawasmi; Co-Investigators: Dr. Mohammad Babsail, Dr. Muhammad Asif, Dr. Ahmed Abdel fattah; Consultants: Dr. Mohamed El-Haram, University of Dundee, UK and Pekka Huovila, VTT Tech, Finland.
  • Project title: “Measuring Quality of Life in Saudi Arabian Cities: Setting up Criteria for Al-Khobar”; Funding Agency: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM); Funding Program: Internal Grant # IN 121061; Duration: 24 Months (May 2013 - April 2015); Budget: SAR 175,900 (US$ 47,000 Approx); Principal Investigator: Dr Jamal Al-Qawasmi; Co-Investigator: Dr. Mohammad Babsail, ARC, KFUPM, Dr.Guoping Jiang, GS, KFUPM.
  • Project Title: “Ultimate Failure Envelope of Square Columns Confined with FRP and Steel Ties”. Funding Agency: Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR), King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). Principal Investigator: Dr. Ahmed ​Abdel fattah.
  • Project Title: “Improving Physical Learning Environment”. Funding Agency: Deanship of Academic Development (DAD), King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. Duration: 18 Months (March, 2014 –September, 2016), awarded 113,000 SAR. Principal Investigator: Prof. S. A. M. Said; Co-Investigator: Dr. Mohammad Sharif Zami, Dr. Mohammad Babsail, and Dr. Mohammad Alshayeb.

The University provides the necessary research funding and support to all disciplines through various internal and external grants/awards. The teaching staffs are free to apply for funding from other governmental agencies, such as King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), National Science and Technology, and Innovation Plan (NSTIP). Junior Faculty Research Grant is also available to maintain the research momentum developed during the PhD work of a junior faculty. It also helps in learning KFUPM’s research rules, regulations, and procedures. This grant put the junior faculty members on the track that will lead to major long term research projects funded by the Research Committee, KACST, SABIC, Fast Track, Applied Research Institute (ARI), and Industry. The grant also includes funds for a consultant, generally a senior teaching staff in the same department or outside who plays the role of a mentor to the junior staff. The consultant is expected to guide the junior teaching staff in the preparation of the proposal, planning and conduct of research, data analysis, report preparation and publication of the outcome of the research. The teaching staffs are encouraged and financially supported by the university to present their research work in national, regional, and international conferences.