Professor Amr El-Adawi became President of Beirut Arab University in August 2006. He is professor of architecture at the University of Alexandria where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2005-2006). Prof. El-Adawi is a consultant for the architectural design unit at the office of the Minister of Culture and for Mubarak City for Scientific Research and Technological Applications. He is also member of the supreme committee for the promotion of academic staff in Egyptian universities and of the High Supreme Court for Values in Egypt.
Prof. El-Adawi joined the teaching staff at the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University immediately upon graduation from the Faculty in 1974. He received his M.Sc. in architecture from Alexandria University in 1980 and his PhD in Urban Design from Liverpool University (England) in 1986. He then rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 1997.
Throughout his career, El-Adawi has produced groundbreaking research, attended important conferences, taught at a number of universities, and held administrative as well as academic responsibilities. His research interests cover the quality of the built environment, the architectural design process, water courses in the urban context, the development of historic sites, and architecture of waterfronts.
Prof. El-Adawi has always transferred his academic knowledge to the realm of community service. He was member of the judging committee for the Alexandria competition - Future Prospects - at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (2006), and consultant for the Alexandria Governorate – Al-Mahmoudia Canal development project (2001-2006). Among the major projects designed by Prof. El-Adawi are the development project for Al-Mahmoudia Canal (1993-2001 and 2003-2005), the planning of the area of Kom Al-Shakafa and Amoud Al-Sawari, the development project for Faros-Qeitbey historic site, and the development of historic Islamic Cairo.
Though Prof. El-Adawi has been teaching mainly at Alexandria University, he was visiting professor at Beirut Arab University several times (1995, 1997, 1999, 2004) and at the United Arab Emirates University (1994-1995). In addition, he spent four years on secondment at Beirut Arab University (1989-1993). He has also assumed academic and administrative responsibilities: Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, president of the Quality Assurance Council at the Faculty of Engineering, member of Alexandria University Strategic Council (2005-2006), and Vice Dean at the Faculty of Engineering (2004-2005).
Professor El-Adawi's honors include the University of Alexandria prize (2008), the State Prize for urban landscape: The Development of Historic Sites, Egypt (2007), the Islamic Capitals and Cities Organization award for the improvement and development of Al-Mahmoudia Canal project (2001), and the Farsey Architectural Prize for excellence in the environmental improvement of Al-Mahmoudia Canal project (2000).
Prof. El-Adawi is member of a number of professional associations as well as social and sporting clubs.
The President's Mission
As President of Beirut Arab University, El-Adawi has been working on the restructuring of the university administrative system, the improvement of academic programs, and the expansion of the university's physical facilities.