Dr Omar Al-Hafith
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Dr Omar Al-Hafith

Lecturer in Built Environment

Discretionary Member

Biography

Biography

Dr. Omar Al-Hafith is a qualified architect from Iraq, and there is where he worked as an architect and academic for the first five years of his career. Between 2010 and 2015, He contributed to developing a wide range of design projects in different cities in Iraq alongside teaching in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Cihan University.

In 2015, Dr. Al-Hafith joined the University of Plymouth for a doctoral research project on environmental buildings. During his doctoral studies, he worked at Plymouth University as an associate lecturer and contributed to the teaching of a range of modules including design projects, environmental buildings, and simulation and modelling tools. Dr. Al-Hafith completed his PhD studies in the summer of 2020 and moved to Nottingham to do the role of Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University.

In 2020, Dr. Al-Hafith joined the research team of the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage at Nottingham Trent University. In this role, he coordinated a UK-Iraq research project funded by the British Academy on the preservation and documentation of Old Mosul’s cultural heritage: Preserving the Disappearing Cultural Heritage of Post-War Mosul. Furthermore, he contributed to a range of research projects and events in the field of cultural heritage preservation and documentation.

In 2022, Dr. Al-Hafith came back to the University of Plymouth as Lecturer in Built Environment. His research focuses on building performance analysis and thermal comfort in built environments with special interest in residential buildings. He is also interested in studies on cultural heritage preservation and recovery in post-conflict zones.

Qualifications

Qualifications
  • PhD in Architecture. University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (2015-2020). PhD thesis title: “Thermal Efficiency of Courtyards for Residential Buildings in Iraq”.
  • MSc in Architectural Engineering. University of Mosul, Iraq (2009 – 2012).
  • Visiting research students. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2012).
  • BSc in Architectural Engineering. University of Mosul, Iraq (2004 – 2009).

Professional practice

  • Architectural/CAD technician. Faraj Consulting Ltd. Plymouth, United Kingdom (2016 – 2020).
  • Architect. Cihan Office for Design and Construction. Erbil, Iraq (2014 – 2015)
  • Architect. Al-Ola Company Ltd. Mosul, Iraq (2010 – 2013).


Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Over the past ten years, Dr. Al-Hafith has engaged in the teaching of architectural design, environmental building design, architectural graphics, modelling and simulation tools, and cultural heritage preservation & documentation.

At present, at the University of Plymouth, Dr. Al-Hafith teaches Low Energy Building Design and Design Projects.



Research

Research

Research interests

  • Building performance analysis: investigating the impact of buildings’ design on their environmental and energy performance through undertaking onsite environmental measurements and conducting simulation experiments.
  • Thermal comfort: determining the thermal comfort levels of people in different contexts and exploring novel design approaches to satisfy their comfort needs.
  • Investigating the correlation between occupants’ behavior and the energy and environmental performance of buildings.
  • Cultural Heritage: investigating people-led preservation and documentation in post-conflict zones with the aim of concluding lessons that can help to achieve better preservation and recovery practices around the world.


Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, de Wilde, P., Assessing Annual Thermal Comfort Extent in Central Courtyards: Baghdad as a Case Study, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, accepted for publication March 2021.
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, de Wilde, P., Assessing housing approaches for Iraq: Learning from the ‎world experience, Habitat International. 2019; 89. ‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., A systematic assessment of architectural ‎approaches for solving the housing problem in Iraq, Frontiers of Architectural Research journal, 2018; ‎‎7(4); 561-572.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., Al Jameel, Ali H., The Adaptable Multifamily Courtyard House as a Strategy Towards ‎a Sustainable Affordable Housing, American Transactions on Engineering & Applied Science Journal, Vol.1 No.3, ‎‎2012.‎

Articles
Al-Hafith O, Satish BK, Bradbury S & de Wilde P (2018) 'A systematic assessment of architectural approaches for solving the housing problem in Iraq' Frontiers of Architectural Research , DOI Open access
Conference Papers

  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, de Wilde, P., 2021, The Thermal Performance Prospects of Courtyards in Cold Conditions, International Conference on Architecture & Interior Design, November 2021, Tishk International University, Iraq.
  • Al-Hafith, O., K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P.,‎‏ ‏2021, A Review of the Iraqi Housing Sector ‎Problems, ‎Cihan University 2nd Engineering Conference, 2021, Iraq.‎
  • Abdulmonem, M.G., Al-Hafith, O., 2021, Developing Sustainable Digitisation of Old Mosul’s Heritage Assets Using Photogrammetry and Computer Modelling Techniques, Living Digital Heritage Conference 5 - 7 November 2021, the Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment (CACHE), Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Abdulmonem, M.G., Al-Hafith, O., 2021, The Changing Culture and Traditions of Post-ISIS Mosul, IASTE 2021: Virtual Traditions, organised and hosted virtually by Nottingham Trent University, the UK.
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, de Wilde, P., The impact of courtyard Geometry on its Mean Radiant ‎Temperature, CISBAT 2019 International Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, de Wilde, P., An Adaptive Thermal Comfort Model for Residential Buildings ‎in Iraq, Comfort at the Extremes 2019, Dubai, UAE.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, de Wilde, P., Courtyards thermal efficiency during hot regions’ typical ‎winter, Beyond all Limits Conference, 2018, Çankaya University, Turkey.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., Determining courtyard pattern’s thermal ‎efficiency in the current time, Windsor conference 2018 – Rethinking comfort, Cumberland Lodge, ‎Windsor, UK
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., The impact of courtyard compact urban fabric on ‎its shading: case study of Mosul city_Iraq, CISBAT 2017 International Conference, Lausanne, ‎Switzerland.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., Simulation of courtyard spaces in a desert ‎climate, 9th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2017, Cardiff, UK.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., Determining the courtyard thermal efficiency and ‎its impact on urban fabric: A contextual study of Baghdad_Iraq, PLEA conference, 2017, Edinburgh, ‎UK.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., The Impact of Court parameters on its shading ‎level - An experimental study in Baghdad_Iraq, 9th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy ‎and Buildings, SEB-17, 2017, Chania, Crete, Greece.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., Thermally comfortable housing in Iraq- Prospects ‎of the courtyard pattern in achieving energy efficiency, 3rd International Sustainable Buildings ‎Symposium (ISBS 2017), 2017, Dubai, UAE.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., B.K., Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., A review of Europe’s housing policies: A ‎comparison between the main adopted approaches in the European housing policies, ENHR ‎conference, 2016, Belfast, UK.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., Soud, Moazzaz Y., Courtyard as a design pattern in multistorey housing buildings - The ‎effective design characters on courtyard insolation, The first scientific conference of Cihan University, ‎‎2014, Erbil, Iraq.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., Soud, Moazzaz Y., Green Neighbourhoods - The Effect of Design Characteristics on ‎Green Neighbourhoods, The first scientific conference of Cihan University, 2014, Erbil, Iraq.‎
  • Al-Hafith, O., A. Al Jameel, Ali H., Adaptability as a strategy for affordable housing - Design properties ‎affecting apartments' adaptability in multistorey housing, IAHS39 Conference - Milan, 2013, Italy.‎

Al-Hafith O, B. K. S, Bradbury S & de Wilde P (2018) 'Thermally Comfortable Housing in Iraq—Prospects of the Courtyard Pattern in Achieving Energy Efficiency' Springer International Publishing 904-917 , DOI Open access