Monday, April 15, 2019

Professor Mohamed Boubekri is featured among an illustrious group of architects, engineers and researchers from all over the world in an upcoming a 6-part series documentary on skyscrapers titled "Building to the Sky" that is expected to be completed in 2019. 

Four faculty members – Professor Mohamed Boubekri Ph.D. along with Professors Paul Armstrong, Abbas Aminmansour Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus Mir Ali Ph.D. – from the school of architecture, among a limited number of other colleagues worldwide, says a great deal about the influence and impact of our School of Architecture.

Building To The Sky reveals the extraordinary history of the world’s tallest buildings. From the early skyscraper boom in the United States to the new megastructures of Asia and the Middle East, it gives a fascinating insight into the human desire to build upwards.

In cities where space is scarce and populations are booming, the answer is to build up. Skyscrapers are monuments of the modern world, triumphs of human imagination made real through the might of engineering. In this series we explore the story of great buildings and the human desire to build bigger and better and conquer new heights. [IMDB] https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9389512/

Professor Mohamed Boubekri, from the Illinois School of Architecture and Dr. Kristen Bub from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia were awarded a research grant of $409,270 from the National Institutes of health to study the impact of natural light, or lack thereof, on the health, wellbeing, and learning of children and teachers in elementary schools.

Professor Mohamed Boubekri, and Ph.D. student Nastaran Shishegar were awarded a research grant of $106,906 from the Jim H. McClung Lighting Research Foundation Inc. to study the impact of Tunable White Lighting Technology on Older Adults’ Sleep Quality and Quality of Life.  
Professor Mohamed Boubekri and Nastaran Shishegar, a Ph.D. student, received a grant from the Jim H. McClung Lighting Research Foundation to study the effect of tunable white lighting technology on older adults’ health and quality of life.

Professor Mohamed Boubekri, Ph.D., who joined UIUC in 1993, is currently the Chair of the Ph.D. Program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to UIUC, Professor Boubekri was an Assistant Professor, at the Centre for Building Studies at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. He regularly teaches Environmental Control Systems: Lighting and Acoustics, Daylighting Design, Green Design Strategies.

A two-time Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Professor Boubekri is the author of two books, Daylighting, Architecture, and Health: Building Design Strategies (Amsterdam: Architectural Press, 2008,) and more recently, Daylighting Design: Planning Strategies and Best Practice Solutions (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2014,) a book that “documents all aspects of the optimum use of daylight with particular reference to window orientation, light distribution, and prism technology, and discusses the health and economic related aspects.” Making maximum use of daylight is the primary objective of daylight systems for various building types and climates.

A sought-after speaker, Professor Boubekri was invited to speak at the 10th International Conference on Engineering, Technology, Management and Science in Dubai, UAE on March 11, 2018. Professor Boubekri was also invited by View Inc., a tech company in Milpitas, CA that specializes in dynamic glazing technologies, to talk about the importance of daylighting at the workplace and its impact on the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

Professor Boubekri’s work focuses on sustainable architecture and the intersection of the built environment and human health. Through numerous publications, two recently published books, he explores the impact of the lack of daylight inside buildings on people’s health, behavior and overall well-being. More generally, his work also examines the relationship between architectural design, sustainable technologies and building energy/environmental performance.