May Al-Saffar was born in 25 1983. In 2014 received her MSc (Sustainable Design and Built Environment) from the College of Engineering and IT at the British University in Dubai (Associated with Cardiff University). In 2010 she received her Postgraduate degree in (Urban Studies of the Built Environment) from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban studies at the Bauhaus College in Dessau, Germany. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bahrain in 2006. May Al-Saffar began her professional practice in the field of Architecture and Interior Design in 2007 and participated in medium to large-scale projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She moved to the United Arab Emirates and started her academia career due to her passion in teaching and sharing the knowledge of Architecture and sustainable Design. May joined Ahlia University of Bahrain in January 2014 as Lecture of Interior Design in the College of Arts & Science. She conducted a research in the area of sustainable design and passive cooling strategies in hot arid climates for affordable housing units and has published papers in various journals. She is also working on some researches in the field of human interaction with the built environment.
Areas of research interests:
- Sustainable design
- Human interaction with the built environment
- Adaptation to climate change
- Responsive facades
- Effective building services
- Research in the design process
- Energy and environmental assessments
- Low carbon innovation
Undergraduate: Introduction to Design, Materials and Application in Design, Design Studio(s), Landscape Design, Working Drawing Specification, Application of Computer and drafting techniques and research methods in Interior Design.
- Graduation project in Interior Design
- External Examiner: Architectural Graduation projects in Architecture (University of Bahrain, Kingdom University in Bahrain and Ajman University, UAE)
- Passive cooling strategies in greening existing residential building in hot dry climate: Case study in Bahrain. Journal of environmental science and engineering A (Volume 4, Number 5, May 2015 Page 233 – 240)
- An assessment of building thermal performance by using post occupancy evaluation tool: with reference to LEED certified office buildings in UAE. SB13_Dubai Proceedings (Paper 015, December 2013)
- Passive Cooling Strategies in Greening Existing Residential Building in Hot Dry Climate: Case Study in Bahrain
Participating as a speaker in the ICAS 2015 “International conference on New Trends in Architecture and Interior Design” held from 24 – 28 March 2015 in Sharjah, UAE
- An assessment of building thermal performance by using post occupancy evaluation tool: with reference to LEED certified office buildings in UAE
Participating as a speaker in the SB13 “Advancing the green agenda; Technology, practices and policies “ held from 8th – 10th December 2013 in Dubai, UAE
- Life cycle assessments of sustainable buildings
Participating as a speaker in the “Energy and water conservation Expo & Forum 2013” held from 17th – 19th June 2013 in Bahrain.