Professor el Samahy holds an adjunct position in Boston University’s City Planning & Urban Affairs program. For the past decade, he taught architecture and urban design studios at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and in Doha, where he guided Qatar Foundation in establishing a long-term design education centre in Doha and the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar’s expansion plans. His academic research is focused on the design of cities in the Arab world; the legacy of urban renewal, and the future of cities.
As a principal of the award-winning architecture and design practice over,under, Professor el Samahy has been involved in projects in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Central America and the United States. He was the project director of three major urban commissions in the United Arab Emirates, most recently leading the architectural design controls for Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s new central business district. He has also played a leading role in similarly large-scale projects in Eqypt, Malaysia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
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