Majdi Alkhresheh, PhD

Assistant Professor Architectural Engineering
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Areas of Expertise
  • Computer applications in architecture and urban Design
  • Environmental psychology
  • GIS, as a research tool.

Biography

Education

Ph.D.,              Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida, 2007. GPA (3.86/4). Dissertation: Enclosure in Urban streets. http://etd.fcla.edu/UF/UFE0019676/alkhresheh_m.pdf

M.Sc.,              Architecture - Urban Design, Department of Architecture, University of Jordan, 1995. GPA (83.2/100). Thesis: University Campus Design.

B.Arch.,  Architecture and Planning, College of Architecture and Planning, King Faisal University, 1987. GPA (3.24/4).

Tawjihi       JMOD Certificate (Tawjihi, or high school) Scientific Branch, 1982. GPA (93.6/100)

Professional Experience

2016-Now        

Chairman, and Assistant professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Al-Yamama University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  

2015-2016           

Chair, Assistant professor, Department of Architectural Engineering

Alhosn University, Abu Dhabi UAE.

2014-2015

Assistant professor, Jordanian University of Science and Technology, Jordan. 

2007-2014         

Assistant professor, Mu’tah University, Jordan.

2003-2007      

Graduate Student, University of Florida, College of Design, Construction and Planning

2001-2003,
Lecturer, Mu'tah University, Jordan

1995-2001,
Lecturer, Al-Isra' Private University

1993-1995,
Teaching Assistant, Al-Isra' Private University

1990-1993,    

Architect, private engineering firms Design: Typically, I would make the architectural designs for buildings at a single house level.

Publications

Areas of research interest:

  • Environmental perception within architectural-social context
  • urban simulation
  • GIS applications in urban planning and design
  • Visual representation of architecture and urban environments
  • psychophysical research.

Research:
a-  The architecture and urban design of streets; sense of comfort and safety.

b-  Social vs. physical realms in architectural and urban environment.

c-  Environmental psychology; guiding architecture and urban design by psychophysical research.

d- Architectural elements as perceived by users, and measurement of sensorial architectural values. (Published paper: Preference for voidto-solid ratio in residential facades,

(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494412000126 ) e- Paper under publication: Influences of levels of realism, distance length, and distance orientation on perceived distance in computer simulated urban spaces.

Conferences

Teaching

Currently Teaching

  • Design Studio III (Environmental control)
  • Design Studio IV (Structural integration)
  • Design Studio VII (integrated systems)
  • Intro. to Environmental Control, Engineering mechanics
  • Theory of Structure
  • Housing and urban design
  • Digital Drawings I (CAD 2D, and 3D)
  • Digital Drawings II (Revit).

Previously Taught

  • History of Architecture I
  • History of Architecture II
  • Graduation Project I, and II
  • Basic Design
  • Design 6 (integrated design)
  • Construction I & II
  • GIS-related applications
  • CAD
  • Urban Theories
  • Supervising Master theses
  • Computer Aided Design
  • AutoCAD and 3D Max (Computer aided design) 
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Civil Engineering Drawings
  • Statics
  • Building Materials
  • vector mechanics (statics)
  • Architectural Design (2nd and 3rd - year level)
  • Construction 2 and 3
  • Acoustics
  • Theories of Modern Architecture (1 and 2)

Computer Skills and Training Courses

  1. Mesh-editing programs

Attended the course: Advanced AutoCAD with 3DS, 70 contacts hour: 6/7/1997 – 26/8/1997, University of Jordan.

Taught:

  1. Professional; teaching AutoCAD for 17 years. Taught AutoCAD courses since 1996 (a total of 23 times), taught AutoCAD academic courses (a total of 86 times) both 2D and 3D.
  2. Autodesk 3D MAX (ver. 2011, and below) (or VIZ (ver. 6 and below)) professional; teaching for about 6 years. Taught training courses (a total of 6 times), taught academic courses a total of 10 times), along with the V-ray application twice.
  3. Bryce; only as a rendering engine.
  4. Inverse: a plug-in for Autodesk VIZ, by which 3D information can be derived from aerial images. Used as an application for simulating Orlando City Downtown.
  5. Sketchup: Professional: I taught Sketchup at the University of Florida, department of Urban and Regional Planning, for two semesters, for Graduate students in urban planning program.
  6. BIM, ongoing training of Revit 2017, ability to teach by August, 2017

 

  1. GIS Applications:

Attended the courses: GIS: Introduction in GIS 30 contact hours, National Information technology Center, 25/6/2009 - 25/7/2009. GIS: 20 contact hours, Royal Jordanian Geographic center 2/6/2013 – 6-6-2013

Taught:

  1. ArcGIS (ArcMap, ArcCatalogue, ArcToolBox, ArcScene, ArcGlobe); the context of which I used these application is Architecture and Urban Design. b. Digitizing
  2. Relationship to AutoCAD, 3D VIZ, GoogleEarth and Sketchup.
  3. Photo-editing Applications
  4. Photoshop: Professional (in the area of preparing images for the purposes of 3D architectural and urban simulation.)
  5. Primavera (Project management tool): I taught Primavera V6 courses for public and private institutions and individuals for a total of training courses of 12 times).
  6. Visual Basic programming language: Some knowledge: for example, I can create an interactive research survey.
  7. SPSS, professional knowledge for research use.
  8. All basic Microsoft applications including IE, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, and MS

In addition to typical teaching and research capacities held by an Assistant professor of Architecture and urban planning and design, the following are expected responsibility that I can hold concerning training and professional work:

  • Teaching computer simulation of the architectural and urban environment to collect users and professional’s input for pre-implementation evaluation of both 2 and 3D output.
  • Teaching how to integrate traditional architecture in the planning process which should stimulate sustainable and environment-friendly urban solutions using different software packages.
  • Teaching methods to establish community-based grounds to launch urban projects; i.e. incorporating people’s input in the urban design and planning processes.
  • GIS-Based development plans including running, within a team, geospatial analysis of demographic, social, economic, physical and cultural aspects of the designated area (providing the existence of GIS databases, or alternatively help building these databases in the first place).

List of training courses I can teach professionally:

  • AutoCAD 2D and 3D.
  • 3D Studio Max (all levels including V-ray)
  • Primavera (3 levels)
  • ArcGIS basic two levels courses
  • ArcGIS Urban Simulation Applications
  • Google Sketchup and Google Earth vs. GIS representation of the built environment: Representation of the built environment in Google Paradigm.
  • Working Drawings including Architectural and Structural Detailing.
  • Any combination of the above when possible, i.e. CAD+MAX+ Arc Globe or Scene, i.e. Sketchup and GIS applications, or i.e. Working drawings + CAD3D.
  • Statics/ Engineering Mechanics 10- Computer applications of Statics.
  • Revit V. 2016, 2017

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