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​As an architect and researcher, I am committed to promoting facilitative built environments for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. I have over a decade of experience in this area, and recently developed the Autism ASPECTSS™ Design Index, the first evidence based set of design criteria for individual with autism. It was awarded the 2014 International Union of Architects (UIA) Architecture for All Research Award, and has been recognized worldwide. I am currently an Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo, and Design Associate at Progressive Architects, Cairo (www.progressive.archi) where we provide special needs design consultancy services.

Awards and Honours

 

  • UIA International Architecture for All Research Award, for the Autism ASPECTSS™ Design Index. This international award is given to an architect(s) for evidence based design research that makes a significant contribution to improved quality of life through facilitating a better understanding of user-centered design and its application to the design of the built environment. (UIA World Congress, Durban, South Africa, August 2014).

  • ArcVision Women in Architecture Award, Italicementi & and the Society of Egyptian Architects. Among 10 women honored in 2013/2014 for excellence in design for social and environmental responsibility awarded for the Advance Center for Special Needs project (January 2014).

  • Coordinator, Cairo Green, TEDx City 2.0 finalist, TEDx. Coordinator of the CairoGreen workshop at AUC in collaboration with Architecture and Vision, Andreas Vogler & Arturo Vittori, with students from AUC and Cairo University. The workshop proposed green solutions for Cairo and was shortlisted for the TEDx City 2.0 award (December 2012).

  • Omrania/ CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, Advisor for First Prize winning project, Center for the Study of the Built Environment. (October 2012).

  • Omrania/ CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, Advisor for First Prize winning project, Center for the Study of the Built Environment. (October 2011).

  • Winner of the International Award for Excellence in the Design Field from Design Principles & Practices for “Thinking Outside the Box: Addressing and Enhancing Visual/Spatial Skills and Active Learning in Architectural Education”, a paper studying the learning style shift of architectural students through AUC’s architecture program (2008).

  • Finalist for The International Award for Excellence in the Constructed Environment, Common Ground Publishing & The International Journal of the Constructed Environment. (February 2012)

  • Nominee, UNESCO/Emir of Kuwait Prize for Research and Training in Special Needs Education for Children, UNESCO- Emir of Kuwait. (2005).

Services

ASPECTSS Assessment

ASPECTSS Design Consultancy Services for Autism Specific Built Environments

Post Occupancy Evaluations

Special Needs Design Consultancy

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Recent Publications

Scholarly Books

  • Mostafa, M., Stryker B., and Nagati O, Learning from Cairo: Global Perspectives and Future Visions, Cairo, Egypt, Ford Foundation, (2013)

  • Mostafa, M. (accepted for publication), An Architecture for Autism Chicago Ill., Common Ground Publishing, (pending publication date)

Expert Essays in Books

  • Mostafa, M., “An Architecture for Autism” in Environmental Psychology for Design, 2nd edition, Kopec D. (author), New York: Fairchild Publishing, (2012)

Symposium Books and E-books

  • Mostafa, M., Tarabieh K., Vogler, A., Vittori A., Cairo Green, Cairo: Spirit Publications, (2013). (http://issuu.com/magdamostafa/docs/cairo_green)

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Mostafa, M., (accepted for publication, 2015), "An Architecture for Autism: Built Environment Performance in Accordance to the Autism ASPECTSS™ Design Index," Design Principles and Practices- an Annual Review 

  • Mostafa, M. (2014), "From Freedom of Expression to Expression of Freedom: Responding to Socio-Political Change in the Classroom," Journal of Education in the Built Environment, 9 (1), 35-47.

  • Mostafa, M. (2014) "An Architecture for Autism: Application of the Autism ASPECTSS™ Design Index to Home Environments," The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, 4 (2), 25-38.

  • Mostafa, M. (2014), "Architecture for Autism: Autism ASPECTSS™ in School Design," The International Journal of Architectural Research, 8 (1), 143-158.

  • Mostafa, M.   (2011), "Inspiration vs. Plagiarism: Academic Integrity in Architectural Education," International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Common Ground Publishing, 1 (3), 85-100.

  • Mostafa, M.   and H. Mostafa (2010), "How do Architects Think? Learning Styles and Architectural Education," International Journal of Architectural Research (IJAR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ArchNet, 4, 310-317

  • Nassar, K., M., Mostafa, and A. Rifki (2010), "Visualization Skills for the New Architectural Forms," International Journal of Architectural Research (IJAR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ArchNet, 4, 346-358

  • Mostafa, M.   (2010), "Housing Adaptation for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder," Open House International, Urban International Press, 35 (1), 37-48

  • Mostafa, M.   (2008), "An Architecture for Autism: Concepts of Design Intervention for the Autistic User," International Journal of Architectural Research (IJAR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ArchNet, 2 (1), 189-211

  • Mostafa, M.   (2008), "Thinking Outside the Box- Addressing and Enhancing Visual/Spatial and Active Learning in Architectural Education," The International Journal of Design Principles and Practices, Common Ground Publishing, 2 (1), 113-120

Editorials in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Mostafa, M.(2013), "Editorial: Expanding Normal: Towards a More Inclusive Approach to Designing the Built Environment," Open House International, Urban International Press, 38, 4-7, Gateshead, Great Britain.

Articles in Non-peer Reviewed Journals and Professional Magazines

  • Mostafa, M. (October, 2006), "Viewpoint: Enabling Architecture," Communication Magazine, The National Autistic Society, 38, (Miranda Kemp, Ed.), London, United Kingdom

  • Mostafa, M. (April 14, 2014), "Learning from Cairo: What Informal Settlements Can (and Should) Teach Us," ArchDaily, USA

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