COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN - Faculty Members
The College of Art and Design, is home to some of the most exciting academic programmes at the Royal University for Women RUW.
Dr. Janon Kadhim is Dean of the College of Art and Design since January 2015 and an Associate Professor of Architecture. She holds a PhD in Architectural History, a M.S. in Architectural Conservation, and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Baghdad, Iraq. She has a long career in teaching Architecture, Interior Design, Art and Architectural History, and Conservation at universities around the world including Baghdad, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, USA, and Oman. She has taught courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has supervised many M.S. and PhD theses including 2 PhD dissertations at “La Sapienza”, University of Rome. As a heritage expert she has had an important role as a consultant for the Municipality of Baghdad in Iraq. In addition she has maintained a private Architectural, Design and Consultation practice with her husband, also an Architect, previously in Baghdad then in Jordan, and presently in their hometown in Sacramento, CA. Her scholarly interests are particularly oriented towards the influence of cultural interaction and its impact on Architecture and Design, in addition to research in conservation and preservation of architectural heritage. She has delivered many talks and presentations at numerous professional institutions and conferences including the AIA in New York. She has many published papers in Scientific Arab journals in addition to a published book. In addition to teaching she is very interested in curriculum and program review and development and is proud of her role in developing many architectural programs at various Arab universities. In the USA she also worked as an International Educational Specialist, evaluating educational records earned from foreign countries for study and work in the USA. She is affiliated with many Arab Engineering and Design Associations and is an Associate AIA member (American Institute of Architects).
Accomplished doctoral and postgraduate degree in Textiles and Clothing from the University of Delhi and an additional graduate and postgraduate degree in education. Courses are also done in illustration and computer aided designing from one of the reputed institutes from Delhi. Ph. D was on flat floor coverings of Rajasthan (State in India) – its contemporary perspectives. Based on her work, she has presented papers at national and international conferences. Also developed design software for the same industry, introducing CAD/CAM in this field.
Before joining RUW, she had teaching experience of fourteen years, in the field of textile/fashion design, apparel and education at prestigious colleges of University of Delhi. During these years she also gained experience of working as a research associate in projects associated with Design Development and Information Technology. She was a member of the core curriculum committees at NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) and CBSE (Central board of Secondary Education) developing learning material for the vocational courses in Textiles and in adapting and adopting curriculum changes in the field of textiles and clothing. She was actively involved in organizing workshops, seminars and fashion shows. Working as guest lecturer and as an examiner and paper setter with various colleges and institutions and exposure to the electronic media – presenting shows in field of textiles and apparel, gave an amazing experience and further strengthened her professional skills.
Dr. Hisham Al-Azzawi holds a PhD in Urban Design & Planning. With over thirty years of experience in both academic and professional fields, he has broadened his interests throughout these years at various levels. He is an AIA, "American Institute of Architects", Associate, and has a LEED, "Leadership in Energy and Environment Design" certificate. He worked as an international education specialist and afterwards was became the Director of the Arabic Department at ERES, one of the leading companies for educational evaluation services in California, USA. He has worked in both governmental and private sectors as a senior architect and urban designer in Iraq and in the region. He was the director of the Regional Bureau in Iraq, one of the pioneer consultations firms in Baghdad, leading a team of over thirty engineers and architects. He worked as an educational expert with the Arabic Institute for Technical Education, an Educational Arabic collaborated entity. At the academic level, he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in theories of architecture and urban design. He also supervised many Master Degree theses and was awarded by various letters of thanks from Ministries, Universities and some other educational institutions for outstanding participation in the field of carrying on seminars, lectures, exhibitions and workshops Dr. Hisham has teaching experience in the University of Baghdad, Iraq, the Applied Science University in Amman, Jordan, and University of Nizwa, Oman, where his last assignment was the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Academic affairs. Most of his research focuses on the relation between cultural effects and urban and sustainable forms and the role of social and cultural infrastructure in the process of urban design and planning.
PhD, in Fine Arts (with honors) 1988 University of Polytechnico, Spain, Valencia. Diploma in Graphic Design, Newtec Institute. HD of Art education in Fine Art faculty in Alhodeidah University, Republic of Yemen from 1999 to 2008. Committee Member of the Prize of the President of Republic of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh for the Fine Arts. For the years 2004, 2005, 2008. Associate Professor in Faculty of Fine Arts in Baghdad University, Design Department from 1989 to 1999. Participated in many Art exhibitions. Published many researches. Author of the book “The Form and the Content: The Duality of Participation” (in Press). Member of debate Committee of MA and PhD dissertations. Participating in many MA and PhD research seminars. Supervisor of many MA dissertations in Baghdad University, Fine Art Faculty. Designer of the Master Programme of Fine Arts in Drawing & Painting in Royal University for Women. Now she teaches in Foundation Programme in Royal University for Women, College of Art & Design since 2008.
Dr. Abuelainin has a BA in Design from Egypt and a BA in Communication, Master in Digital Media Arts and PhD in Multimedia Design from UK. In addition Dr. Abuelainin has more than 25 years Professional and Academic experience bilingual (Arabic – English) within a multinational corporate environment in UK, South Africa, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and United Arab Emirates and now in Bahrain. Also, Dr. Abuelainin is certified in more than 20 International Professional IT certificates such as Adobe, Autodesk and Microsoft. Dr. Abuelainin is a professional member of American Society of Training Directors (ASTD). Dr. Abuelainin is specialized in Multimedia Design, Digital Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, e-Learning Design and Visual Communication.
Dr. Nessreen Elmelegy completed her Doctoral work as a PhD researcher in the Institute of Design & Media – University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, Germany. Before joining RUW she was an assistant Professor of Fashion Design in the ready-made garments Department, Faculty of Applied Arts, Damietta University, Egypt. She was also External Auditor for the Higher Education Institutions, The National Authority for Quality Assurance & Accreditation of Education, Egypt. She also worked as a Vice Manager of the Quality Assurance & Accreditation of Education Unit, Faculty of Applied Arts. Damietta University, Egypt.
She has authored many research papers in the field of Fashion Design in many International Conferences and Journals in England, Poland and Egypt. She also published an international book in Amazon .com under title “Innovating Fashion Designs from Ancient Egyptian Costumes”. Dr. Nessreen has successfully guided three M.Sc. research theses in Damietta University and is still working with two M.Sc. students under her supervision.
She shared in a Fashion Project 'Hannover goes Fashion' in University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover during her study there in 2008, also she organized and supervised two fashion shows in Egypt in 2010 and in 2012.
She has teaching experience of more than fifteen years in teaching fashion design courses in Faculty of Education, Mansoura University, and Faculty of Applied Arts, Damietta University, Egypt.
Dr Rashmi Jalota recently joined RUW as an Assistant Professor in the College of Art & Design. She holds a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Government College of Art, Chandigarh (India) followed by a Master Degree in History of Art and a Ph.D. in History of Art from the prestigious Panjab University, Chandigarh (India). Her doctoral thesis was on "Religious and mythopoetic content in Modern Indian Painting (Circa 1875-2000)".
With over 5 years’ experience in the field of teaching, her main areas of interest is Art History and its evolution globally. She is well versed with various styles and mediums used by artists across eras.
A keen academician, she has also published papers in several journals. She believes in experiential learning and tries to facilitate learning through active interactions and studio based practicals.
As a freelance painter, she has participated in many group shows as well as displayed her works in several solo shows. She loves to paint nature and her preferred mediums are acrylic and water colors.
Hanaa Mallalah studied Fine Art in Baghdad with an emphasis on graphics and painting. In 2005 her thesis concerning the logic order in Mesopotamian drawing gained her a PhD in the Philosophy of Painting. She has taught and lectured widely at a several faculties of the University of Fine Arts in Baghdad. At the end of 2006 she left Iraq for an artist residency at the Institute du Monde Arab in Paris and from there followed the call of a fellowship offered by SOAS in London in 2008. She currently holds a fellowship at the Chelsea College of Art in London. Her work graces numerous private collections, art centers and museums, including the Centre for Modern Art, Baghdad, the Jordan National Museum Amman, The British Museum, The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, The Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.
Hanaa Malallah is internationally acclaimed for her material-focused practice and her philosophical/spiritual explorations into the nature of being and not being. She lives and works in London.
Arch. Al-Hariri graduated from the Architectural College of the University of Aleppo where she attained the degree of Bachelor of Architecture Engineering, a post-graduate degree in Architectural Design in 1986 and the Master of Architectural Design Degree in 2005.
Arch. Al-Hariri has professional experience in the field of architectural and interior design for the private sector for almost 15 years, and led a team of architects who supervised the projects dealing with the re-designing, renovating and rehabilitation of traditional buildings in the old city of Aleppo, Syria.
She has thirteen years academic experience in the field of Architecture and Interior Design, She has also participated in many international architectural competitions and published many papers since 1987 on the urban planning, traditional houses, and the relationship between people and dwellings.
Arch. Al-Hariri is a member of the Bahrain Society of Engineers and member of the Order of Syrian Engineers.
Ms Verdian Coetzee started with a very thorough training in graphic design with the emphasis on graphic design skills, finished an Honours degree - theoretical section, “Capita Selecta" with emphasis on Advertising, “Visual Presentation of Numerical Data”. She also obtained a Masters Degree – MFA, in Graphic Design with original work, illustrating that Typography constitutes the main stay of the design process. The dissertation of sixty thousand words, also entailed a practical component also which illustrated the design parameters (especially Typography) facilitating optimal knowledge transfer in all forms of communication. She aims to finish her Ph.D., specializing in the design principles of Neuro-marketing, which involves the disciplines of Neuro-Anatomy, Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology.
Before wishing to further her professional career by associating herself with an Academic Institution like the Royal University for Women, which provides the environment to stimulate and further develop her skills, her teaching experience is more than thirty one years in Graphic Design as Associate Professor at one University, lecturer at three Universities and two private Colleges in gaining teaching experience in medial illustration- and packaging, branding, basics of perspective drawings, design studio, typography in Interior Design and moderating. She has more than eight plus years industry experience as a medical Illustrator/information designer at the Medical University of Southern Africa covering and wide range of Graphics. She had her own clothing business for eight years, designed own ranges of clothing and also worked at an important Interior Design company capturing projects in Graphic posters and manuals. Even though she is academically qualified in Graphic Design, she would not let the opportunity go by to be involved in event organising, management and coordinating, planning exhibitions and conferences.
MA in Design Management from Royal University for Women, Bahrain.
BFA-Bachelor degree in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts in Qatar, Communication Arts and Designs program 2006.
Additional Education: New York Institute of Technology in Kingdom of Bahrain, Summer 2005. Qualified in Environmental Design. Work experience includes working with JWT, Kingdom of Bahrain. As well, worked in the Central Informatics Organization (CIO) before joining Royal University for Women as a Graphic Designer and Instructor in Fall 2008-Present. Worked on RUW events designs and campaigns organized exhibitions and member of the Events Committee for RUW. Freelancing since 2005-Present. Attended various Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars in Italy, London, Qatar, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Kingdom of Bahrain.
Ms. Sara Ahmed accomplished her high school commercial studies with a GPA of 98.2%. Was awarded a scholarship by the government to go and study in the United Kingdom. She holds a Foundation Certificate as well as IELTS and ASP.NET all with high scores. A 2009 graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University with a Bachelors Degree in Multimedia Technology with distinction. Her work experience includes training with Kuwait Finance House and Al Bayan Media Group. Her dedication and professional skills are assets in her role as an instructor in graphic design, 3D graphics, motion graphic and web development courses.
MA in Design Management from Royal University for Women, Bahrain.
BA in Graphic Design from the Royal University for Women in Kingdom of Bahrain 2009. Additional degree Edexcel Diploma in Art & Design from the Royal University for Women 2006.
Courses: Research skills, Photography, Visual Rhetoric Concepts and Ideas, Applied Typography, Arabic Typography, Color and Illustration, Signs and Symbols, Visualization and Presentation of Data, Packaging and 3D design, Portfolio and Web Design.
Attended various conferences and workshops in Athens, Qatar, and Bahrain.
Dr. Sherif Khashaba is an associate Professor of Architecture working in Zagazig University, Faculty of Engineering, and Architecture department. He holds a PhD in Architectural Design, a M.S. in Architectural Design, and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt. His scholarly interests are oriented towards the influence of new technology and its impact on Architecture and Design. He attended many conferences related to Architecture in many countries. He has many published papers in scientific journals and some international conferences in Spain, Egypt and Lebanon. In practical field he has an important role as a consultant for many big projects in Egypt.
Dr. Aisha Darwish is an Assistant Professor in Restoration of Architecture at CAD, RUW.
She is a Syrian architect and a holder of PhD in Restoration of Architecture from La Sapienza University of Rome, Department of History, Representation and Restoration of Architecture. Dr. Darwish is a member of the Roster of Experts collaborating with the UNESCO project "Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage Project". After gaining her Bachelor of Architecture in 2000 from Damascus University, she did a Diploma of Higher Studies and then a Master of Architectural Design at the same university. In 2005, she obtained her second Master in Restoration and Rehabilitation of Historic Monuments and Sites from Damascus University in collaboration with Ecole de Chaillot- Paris. From 2001 to 2013 she worked as a teaching assistant at the Faculties of Architecture in both Damascus University and the Arab International University, Syria. She was an Associate Researcher at the French Institute of the Near East in Damascus during the period 2005-2013, with her research field being the conservation of historic urban and architectural heritage, in which she did several training courses in Syria, Cyprus, Poland and France. She was a scholar at the International Cultural Center of Krakow-Poland in 2014, and of the EU Erasmus Mundus project for her PhD completed in 2017. As an expert in conservation of architectural heritage, she contributed to many events related to the field as participant or invited expert.
Dr. Ruxandra Crutescu is architect and associate professor at the Royal University for Women, College of Art and Design, Kingdom of Bahrain. She holds a PhD in Ecological Architecture from “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania. In 2013, she was awarded with the SUERD Trophy " Social & Economic Innovator" (EU Strategy for the Danube Region -Romania) and in 2016 with the Trofy „WREN Pioneer” (World Renewable Energy Network – Brighton, Great Britain), for her work in Romania, being among the first promoters of sustainable and ecological architecture in practice. She has a long career in teaching Architecture Design and Sustainable Development, Climate Change Challenges in Architecture and Urbanism, Management and Marketing in Architecture at the “Spiru Haret” University, Faculty of Architecture, Bucharest, Romania. She has taught courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She has supervised also PhD theses as external advisor, at the „Politehnica” University , Bucharest, Romania. As an WREN expert in sustainable architecture (World Renewable Energy Network based in Brighton, Great Britain- http://www.wrenuk.co.uk/) she has delivered many talks and presentations at numerous professional institutions and conferences at universities in Romania and abroad, including Romanian Academy in Bucharest, „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism Bucharest (Romania), Politechnica University Bucharest (Romania), Kingstone University London (Great Britain), Faculty of Architecture in Florence (Italy), Kingdom University (Kingdom of Bahrain) and the American University in the Emirates (Dubai). Her current work is oriented towards architecture design based on energy efficiency of the buildings thermal envelope and by the intelligent and efficient use of the energy from renewables sources, especially in the area of improving energy efficiency in buildings (without affecting the comfort conditions, but on the contrary, to improve them). Other interesting areas of her research activity in architecture are smart cities, innovative technologies in architecture, creativity for future sustainable development. Between 2008-2013, she was the general manager of the Research-Development-Innovation Department at Passivhaus EcoArchitect, Bragadiru Ilfov, Romania. She have write and published more than 80 scientific articles and 6 books (four of the six books contain chapters written by Dr Ruxandra Crutescu, being books with many authors). The main topics addressed are ecological architecture, intelligent use of renewable energy in public and residential buildings in order to reduce the pollution in the context of climate change and global warming. With a continuous and sustained activity, she has an experience of more than 33 years in practicing the profession of architect. In 2003, she designed the first certified passive solar house in Romania, located in Burlusi village, Ciofringeni – Arges County. As an authorized designer for passive buildings she designed the first passive solar office building in Romania in 2007, the headquarters of Amvic Company, in Bragadiru Ilfov, two city halls in Ciofrangeni Arges and Dragalina Calarasi, one kindergarten in Blejoi Prahova and more than 800 residential solar passive houses to which she is the author and project manager also. She organizes annually symposiums and workshops like “Energy Days”, “Green Spot” , „ECO-ARCHITECT” and “Active Green Architects” on similar topics. In addition to teaching, she is interested to develop curriculum, university and postgraduate courses on topics related to an ecological, sustainable and smart development in architecture. She is an active member of the Order of Architects, the Register of Urban Planners and the Union of Architects in Romania. She is since 2012, council member of the World Renewable Energy Congress and World Renewable Energy Network (based in Brighton – Great Britain) and co-chair of the World Renewable Energy Congress Bucharest in 2015. Active member in steering committees of international scientific research organizations, like World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society(WSEAS)and World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), she is also affiliated with many scientifical associations like ICPE Scientific Society (Institute for Energy Research and Design)Bucharest, Romania, Internationale Gesellschaft Passivhaus Germany and the Association for Hydrogen Energy - Bucharest Branch (affiliated to the European Association for Hydrogen Brussels and recognized by the International Association for Hydrogen Enhancement in the United States of America.