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  • Shams Al Shamasi, Ph.D.

  • Job Title :

    Assistant Professor

  • College :

    College of Architecture and Design

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    Interior Design

Dr. Shams Alshamasi is an interior architect. In 2016 She got her PhD in sustainable architecture from the University of Western Australia, the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts ALVA. Her PhD research focused on learning lessons from vernacular architecture and then implementing sustainable principles to the contemporary Saudi home environment. Shams got her master degree from King Faisal University (KFU). In her Maters she specialized in housing. Her master’ s research focused on the adaptation of Saudis to high rise apartment buildings as a new form emerged to the Saudi culture. She got her bachelor degree in interior architecture from KFU. Honours degree during her undergraduate study in Interior Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.


  • 2016: Presentation: Socio-cultural and climatic deficiencies of the contemporary Saudi house, ALVA Arch conference, the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, UWA
  • 2014: Presentation: Socio-cultural and climatic responses of the traditional courtyard house in Saudi Arabia, ALVA Arch conference, the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, UWA
  • 2012: Attended the 6th International Conference and Workshop on the Built Environment in Developing Countries at the University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 2017: Paper in-process: Traditional Middle Eastern Courtyard House: Socio-cultural and Climatic Aspects 
  • 2006: Un-published research: Transforming the Garage to Commercial Space in the Residential Unit and Its Effect on the Saudi Residential Area
  • 2005: Un-published research: Vocabulary of Vernacular Architecture in Saudi Arabia
  • Blended Learning workshop, PMU
  • 3D Max online course.



Sustainable Design, Historical Buildings, vernacular design and sustainability measures, socio-cultural factors and home environment.



2016- 2019 Member in the Saudi Council of Engineering