Dr. Murad Abusalim
Murad Abusalim joined the UTB faculty in 2008 after four years on the graduate part time faculty at Texas Tech University, where he taught architecture design studios. Since coming to UTB, he helped establish the Architecture Program and sign a transfer agreement with the College of Architecture at TTU. Together with Erick Diaz, he has been developing partnerships with municipalities, non-profit organizations, and businesses in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. He also teaches various architectural courses including architecture design studio, architecture history, architecture freehand drawing, and architecture and society. As an educator, he constantly seeks to incorporate community oriented projects that enhance students’ interaction and collaboration skills, and expand their experience beyond classroom settings.
As a researcher, he has been exploring two research agendas. The first agenda deals with the development of Islamic architecture in the United States. In broader sense, he is interested in exploring the role of architects in establishing a harmonious environment that encourages dialogue rather than a "clash of civilizations" within the context of the architecture of Islamic centers in the United States. The second agenda, which is the focus of his dissertation, explores housing and community development. He is also interested in analyzing the reciprocal relationship between sustainability and societal and environmental contexts of a given region.
Abusalim worked for several years in Palestine as a professional architect before proceeding with his post-professional degrees in Architecture. Most of his practical experience has been in the areas of housing projects, mix-use urban projects, and cultural centers designs.
Abusalim is a recipient of various awards including the Fulbright Scholarship (U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), the Outstanding Graduate Part Time Instructor Award (TTU), and the 2009 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award (UT Austin).
Ph.D. from Texas Tech University
Master of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Architecture from Near East University
CV/VITAE: Abusalim Vitae
Arch 1311 (Architecture and Society)
Arch 1301 & 1302 (Architecture History I & II)
Arch 2301& 2302 (Architectural Freehand Drawing I & II)
Arch 1404 (Design Studio II)
Area of Specialty and Responsibility:
Housing and Community Development
Interim coordinator for the Architecture Program
Professional experience 1997-2004/ designed small sport facilities, private homes, office building, and apartment buildings.
Teaching experience 2004-2008/ taught design studios as Graduate Part Time Instructor at Texas Tech University, College of Architecture.