Prof Hisham Elkadi

School of Science, Engineering & Environment

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Current positions

Chair in Architecture


Professor Hisham Elkadi is the Chair of Architecture and the former Executive Dean at the University of Salford. His research is in urban regeneration and cultural built heritage and leads the Smart Urban Futures (SURF) research group. He has attracted a number of large funded projects amount to £20M including funded projects from ERDF, AHRC, EU FP6 NoE, EU Peace programme, EU/UIA, Newton programmes, Australia and UK Government funds, and many others.

Previous Positions

Prior to his appointment at Salford, Professor Elkadi was the Head of School of Architecture & Building at Deakin University in Australia and the Chair of the University Academic Board, The Head of School of Architecture and Design in Belfast, and the Director of Architecture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in UK. Professor Elkadi acted as an invited external examiner at many Universities including Harvard GSD, the University of Toronto, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Beirut, UTM in Malaysia, South Australia, and many others.

Research Outputs and Grants
Hisham has successfully recruited and supervised a large number of research students with excellent completion rates (25+). His latest book this year is on Architecture & Daylight by Routledge. He is regularly invited as external examiner at many Universities including Harvard GSD, the University of Toronto, Edinburgh, Newcastle (Australia), and many others. Hisham has a large number of publications (140+), 5 books, and graduated 19 Ph.D. students. His recent projects include ERDF Energy House 2 (£19M), EU/UIA IGNITION (€1.6M), AHRC MOVE project (£234K), Geelong Urban Food Hub (2014), Victoria State Government ($108,000), Development of an Ecological Spine and WMC, Living Victoria Fund ($50,000), VISION II (2013), New Vision for the City of Geelong CBD, DPCD ($175,000), and Mapping Noise in Residential Areas of Melbourne (2012), Victoria ($50,000), Environmental Analysis of Public Buildings, (2010) City of White Horse (AUD$30K), Perception of Religious Architecture among Children (2009) AHRC, UK (50K), Realising Integrated Sustainable Communities in Deconstructed Interface Environments (2008), Peace Programme, EU and Community Relation Council, UK (£ 130,000), Understanding the Built Heritage in NI(2005), Art Council NI & CRC (£29,000), and Sustainable Development in a Diverse World (SUS.DIV), PF6 Network of Excellence, (Euro 4,900,000-share €250K). In 2014, he also collaborated with Sinan University on a research project on daylight performance in heritage sites in Istanbul and Bursa.

Selected Awards and Recognition

Professor Elkadi received a number of national international awards. The latest award by the UK Environmental Agency Flood &. Coast Excellence Award for his international Project ‘IGNITION’. Professor Elkadi is also an honorary professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, Taylor University in Kuala Lumpur, and the University of Portsmouth UK. He was also appointed a visiting Professor at University College London and Harvard School of Design. He is also a board member of CIB (Council International de Bâtiment) and Geelong Gallery. He is also a reviewer for UNEP Global Environment Outlook.

Hisham has been involved in outreach heritage programmes in England, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Vietnam, Spain, Pakistan and Australia. Hisham has been involved in outreach programmes with the local and international communities for Heritage conservation in England, Italy, Turkey, Vietnam, and Australia. He initiated and led community-based projects such as ‘up the wall’ in interface locations in London Derry, as a founder member of World Association Towards the Protection of Cultural Heritage (WATCH) in Rome, VISION2 in Geelong (Aus). His appointment to the Ministry Advisory Group for the Built Environment in Northern Ireland, and a board member of the Greater Manchester of Low Carbon Board are recognitions of his commitment to regeneration of inner cities.

Areas of Research

Urban Ecology
Sustainable Urban Futures
Smart Cities
Energy Building Performance


  • Daylight, design and place-making

    Elkadi, H., & Al-Maiyah, S. (2020). Daylight, design and place-making. London and New York: Routledge.