Posted on January 22, 2020 by Sean Garnsey

(January 22, 2020) — Hazem Rashed-Ali, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), was recently named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Higher Education Advisory Team (HEAT). The volunteer team is comprised of members that offer their insight and expertise to advise, share, and promote the issues, needs, trends, and aspirations of architectural education and educators, to continuously improve and inform the future of architecture, education, and development of future architects. Every two years, six members are selected to represent the six US ACSA regions and serve two calendar-year terms (January-December).

2020-21 HEAT Members are as follows:

  • Hazem Rashed-Ali, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Daniel A. Barber , PhD, Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of the PhD Program at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design
  • Caryn Brause , AIA, Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Nancy Yen-wen Cheng , RA, LEED AP, Architecture department head and Associate Professor at the University of Oregon
  • Linda Keane , AIA, Professor, School of the Art Institute Chicago
  • Kenneth Schwartz , FAIA, Director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, Tulane University


“By joining the AIA Higher Education Advisory Team, I hope to continue strengthening the relationship between schools of architecture and the professional community and identifying area of collaboration that both sides can contribute to and benefit from,” said Dr. Rashed-Ali. “I believe many opportunities exist for enhancing this relationship both with regard to architectural research and other potential areas of collaboration. I look forward to contributing to that important process, and I believe my current role as president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) and my work in other national organizations can increase the effectiveness of that contribution.”

Dr. Rashed-Ali teaches design studios as well as building technology, environmental systems, and building performance simulation and evaluation courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2014, he was the recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance He is also a past Chair of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS). His current research focuses on sustainable architecture and urbanism with an emphasis on minimizing the negative environmental impacts of the built environment through the design of high-performance, energy efficient, and carbon neutral buildings and communities. He is the recipient of several research grants both individually and as part of interdisciplinary collaborative teams.

After serving on the board of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) for seven years, Dr. Rashed-Ali was elected in 2016 as the President of the national organization. He was reelected to a second term in 2018 and is the current President of the ARCC, which currently has more than 70 member schools. Dr. Rashed-Ali also served as Chair of the ACSA Research and Technology Governance Committee for two years. He holds a PhD in Architecture from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University in the UK focusing on Energy Efficient Buildings, and a B.S. in Architecture from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He is a registered architect in Egypt.


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— Sean Garnsey