Mr Sameh Shamout

MArch-Sustainable Design UoA, B.Arch.Eng.

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Sameh is a University of Auckland graduate. Before joining the University of Auckland, He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Engineering in 2012 with a GPA of 3.8/4.0 with Honours (Rank: first). After receiving the New Zealand Development Scholarship (NZDS) Funded by the New Zealand Government in 2014 to contribute to the development of Jordan in the field of sustainability in the building sector, He started his studies at the University of Auckland and graduated with a Master Degree in 2017 with First Class Honours (A+ grade).

Sameh has a background in architecture, urban design, and sustainable design with a particular focus on green buildings. He is interested in sustainability in the built environment in different fields, including energy efficiency, thermal comfort, passive design solutions, green walls, and sustainable materials. Sameh was engaged in few pilot projects in the region and was selected as the principal author of a local guide for Optimizing Energy Efficiency and Thermal Comfort in existing building retrofits in Jordan in 2018 under the umbrella of Jordan Green Building Council and funded by Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

The University of Auckland supports Sameh's doctoral studies through the University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholarship. His research project investigates the potential of incorporating resilience into the built environment with a particular focus on building retrofits. 

Research | Current

  • Doctoral Research project:

Retrofitting for resilience - incorporating the concept of resilience into the built environment in Amman. The study is under joint supervision between Dr Paola Boarin of the School of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries (CAI) and Prof. Suzanne Wilkinson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Research Activities:
  1. Research Assistant at the research project "Bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and heritage conservation in New Zealand", where Dr Paola Boarin is the principal investigator.
  2. Research Assistant at the research project "Architectural integration of solar energy at the urban scale: case studies and potentialities", where Dr Alessandro Premier is the principal investigator.
  • Research Groups:
  1. Member of the Future Cities Research Hub, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  2. Under the umbrella of the Centre for Disaster, Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction (CDRRR), Build Back Better (BBB) and its Middle Eastern partner 'JonZ for Sustainable Development', Sameh was involved in the establishment of the ‘Post-Conflict Recovery & Resilience Research Hub’ (PCRRR) that focuses on the rebuilt, recovery and resilience of post-conflict regions affected both directly and indirectly.

 

Teaching | Current

GTA/Teaching Staff at the School of Architecture and Planning, the University of Auckland, for the following courses:

  • ARCHTECH 307 (Environmental Design II) - Semester 1;
  • ARCHTECH 208/210 (Environmental Design I) - Semester 2;
  • ARCHDES 103 (Design 2) - Semester 2;

Distinctions/Honours

International Achievements and Awards

  • The selection of a conference paper for publication by Springer in 2020, as one of the best papers submitted to the Green Urbanism Conference (GU) held in Rome, Italy in December 2019.
  • Awarded the Bronze Award | The International Awards for Liveable Communities (The LivCom Awards) | Rome, Italy | 13 December 2019.
  • The selection of a conference paper as one of the best papers submitted to the 2nd edition of the IEREK conference "Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries" held in Cairo in December 2017, and publishing it in a book series titled "Advanced Studies in Energy Efficiency and Built Environment for Developing Countries" by Springer in 2019.

New Zealand

  • Shortlisted for the Future Thinker of the Year 2020, New Zealand Green Building Council  | 2020.
  • Nominated for the Blues Award in the Service and Leadership Category | 2019. 
  • Awarded the 2019 First in Course Award - Summer Semester 2019, University of Auckland  | 2019.
  • Awarded the University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholarship | 2017.
  • Awarded the New Zealand Development Scholarship (NZDS) | 2014.

Jordan

  • Shortlisted for the 2019 Entrepreneurial Architects Award | Jordanian Engineers Association | Amman | 2019.
  • Award of Appreciation | Success Stories of local young Engineers | Jordanian Engineers Association | Irbid | 2018.
  • Honourable mention | Al Asayel for Creativity and Art Association | Mafraq | 2018.
  • Appreciation Certificate for a Staff Member | Philadelphia University | Amman | 2014.

Egypt

  • 1st Rank in Class| Department of Architectural Engineering | Faculty of Engineering | October 6 University | 2012.
  • The Ideal Student of the Year | Faculty of Engineering | October 6 University | 2011.
  • 1st Prize | Sustainable Design Competition | Cairo University | 2011.
  • 1st Prize | International Poetry Competition | October 6 University | 2010.

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable design.
  • Green building technologies.
  • Existing buildings retrofits.
  • Passive design solutions.
  • Urban Resilience.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of the Future Cities Research Hub, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Member of the NZ Tertiary Education Union (TEU), Auckland Branch, New Zealand. (2018-ongoing)
  • Member of the New Zealand Green Building Council  (NZGBC) (2016-ongoing).
  • Member of the Jordan Green Building Council (JordanGBC)​ (2015-ongoing).
  • Member of the Jordanian Engineers Association (JEA)​ (2012-ongoing).

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shamout, S., Boarin, P., & Melis, A. (2019). Energy Retrofit of Existing Building Stock in Amman: State of the Art, Obstacles and Opportunities. In C. Alalouch, H. Abdalla, E. Bozonnet, G. Elvin, O. Carracedo (Eds.) Advanced Studies in Energy Efficiency and Built Environment for Developing Countries, 133-145. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. 10.1007/978-3-030-10856-4_14
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47725
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paola Boarin
  • Shamout, S. A. (2016). Energy retrofit of the existing building envelope in Jordan: A study on mixed-use buildings (Retail and office) in Amman The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32223

Contact details

Primary office location

ARCHITECTURE ACOUSTICS LABORATORY - Bldg 422
Level 2, Room 233
26 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand