Omar A. Khalaf

Omar A. Khalaf
Cell Phone +9647710239472
Location Tishk International University Erbil Branch Address 100 Meter Street and Mosul Road Erbil KRG IRAQ
Specialty M.Sc. in Urban Design
Pronouns He / Him / His

Omar A. Khalaf

Architecture Engineering

Position: Assistant Lecturer
Faculty : Engineering.
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BackgroundResearchPublicationsCourses
Education (PhD, MSc/MA, BSc/BA)

MSc

Teaching philosophy

My Teaching Philosophy goal is to create learning experiences that engage the student both in and out of the classroom. Students should come to class, learn something new, work with their classmates to form a better picture of the concept in their mind, and then find places in their life where the ideas are real and apparent. I have found that in the field of architecture engineering science, even the most abstract theory can be made more concrete via real-world examples and analogies. According to More than seven years that I have been teaching in architecture department, I have followed my methodology of real-world examples, active learning, and project-based learning. From my students of  Building Rehabilitation and Architectural Design courses to my relatively smaller groups of student graduation project supervision, I endeavour to make each class unique learning experience, whether that means bringing in props to illustrate a point or creating a scavenger hunt that sends students all around grounds. I believe that any class that is stagnant in its presentation and involvement with students is missing a huge opportunity to engage and challenge students and to recruit them into an architecture engineering science. Being able to create these experiences for new engineers is even more special, as I cherish every time a student tells me that they declared architecture as their major because of my class. I follow the model of “Inform, Experience, Implement” in my teaching. This cyclical pattern first establishes the history or interest of a topic to ground it for the student in real life. Then I move into an activity where the student can experience how the problem or technology affects them.

Finally, my experience working in varied environments has enabled me to develop a range of practical skills. I am able to manage challenging behaviour effectively, conduct activities safely and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds. Further, I am very creative and enjoy sourcing materials that make learning interesting. Most importantly, my ability to work well with others, motivate and inspire is a very significant contribution that I am confident I can bring to the course and into the classroom.

Previous positions
  • Lecturer at Cihan University– Erbil, Iraq- Architectural Engineering and Interior Design Departments.
  • The Coordinator of Quality Assurance Committee of the Interior Design Department at Cihan University, Erbil, Iraq
  • A Member in the Quality Assurance Committee of The Architecture Engineering Department at Cihan University, Erbil, Iraq
  • Head of Architectural Department Galleries Committee – Cihan University – Erbil.
  • Member at the new requirement committee – Architecture Department – Cihan University – Erbil.
  • Head of New Architectural Department Students – Architecture Department – Cihan University – Erbil.
  • Member of Examination Committee – Architecture Department – Cihan University – Erbil.
  • Member of Department Council – Architecture Department – Cihan University – Erbil.
  • Member of Social Committee – Architecture Department – Cihan University – Erbil.
Research interests

Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Heritage, Urbanisms, Interior Architecture.

Supervision

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Journals

ESCI JOURNAL (web of science) & (DOAJ)

  • Khalaf, O. A., & Ja`afar, N. H. (2020). User-friendly Streets for a Walkable, Liveable and Sustainable Environment: A Review. Jurnal Kejuruteraan, 32(2), 53–58. https://doi.org/dx.doi.org/10.17576/jkukm-2020-32(3)-05

SCOPUS INDEXED JOURNAL

  • Ali, O. H., Ja`Afar, N. H., Sulaiman, M. K. A. M., & Khalaf, O. A. (2019). Square as urban space in iraq: The effectiveness of design attributes on social interaction. International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering, 7(6), 305–310. Retrieved from https://ukm.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/square-as-urban-space-in-iraq-the-effectiveness-of-design-attribu

Retrieved from https://sersc.org/journals/index.php/IJAST/article/view/1343

  • Sayuti, N. A. A., Azizan, M. Z., Zamri, A. F. A., Shaharudin, M. R., & Khalaf, O. A. (2019). The development of typologies, design patterns and scaled models bio-inspired by mangrove species. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 28(13), 451–464

Retrieved from https://sersc.org/journals/index.php/IJAST/article/view/1343

  • Sayuti, N. ‘Ayn A., & Khalaf, O. A. (2019). Nurturing biophilic design and nature-inspired design in furniture design projects. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 28(13), 483–498.

DOI JOURNAL

  • Al-hinkawi, W. S., & Khalaf, O. A. (2014). " The impact of planning standard in the urban formation of the riverfronts in the cities ". Old Rusafa Case Study. Journal of King Saud University- Architecture & Planning, 26(1), 61–80.
  • Al-hinkawi, W. S., & Khalaf, O. A. (2014). " The Impact of Design Standard in the Urban Formation of the Riverfronts in the Cities ". Centre of Urban & Regional Planning Journal, 301.
Proceedings

A published paper in SeniBINA2018 Conference on 13 & 14th November 2018, ‎Malaysia, ISBN: 978- 967-2224-18-1. “User-friendly Streets for a Walkable, Liveable and Sustainable Environment: A Review”

2020-2021
  • Urban Design
  • Islamic Architecture
  • Principles Of Planning I
  •  History Of Architecture III
  • Architectural Design VI
  •  Graduation Projects
2019-2020
  • Building Rehabilitation
  • Landscape Design
  • Graduation Projects
  • Islamic Art
  • Ergonomics
  • Restoration of Historic Building
2018-2019
  • Building Rehabilitation
  • Landscape Design
  • History of Islamic Architecture
  • Design Studio 2nd year
  • Fundamental of Planning
  • Urban Design
2017-2018
  • Landscape Design
  • Graduation Projects
  • History of Islamic Architecture
  • History of Ancient Architecture
  • Design Studio 2nd year and 3rd Year
  • Fundamental of Planning
  • Urban Design