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Omar Al-Hassawi is a recent graduate from the Master of Architecture program, design and energy conservation consentration, at the University of Arizona, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Prior to his graduate studies, Omar worked for an architectural consultant in the Middle East for nearly five years on projects ranging in scale from small residential to large commercial developments. During his practice, Omar realized that designs which implement passive strategies, utilize renewable resources to generate energy, conserve water, and function properly are the key features that should be sought in the design process rather than solely focusing on the building's form. The latter factors help decrease the negative impact that the built environment could have on our planet and increase the value of the architecture to meet the requirements of the 21st century.
Omar is currently seeking the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during his studies on projects located in hot arid regions such as the Middle East through designs that will set examples for future developments.
University of Arizona, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Contract Documents. Lectured on using Autodesk Revit Architecture for preparing architectural drawing sets, assisted in studio discussions, and graded construction documents.
Site Analysis and Planning. Graded exams and reports as well as following up with students on their performance.
Environmental Control Systems. Prepared quizzes, administered lab exercises, and graded exams as well as reports.
Omrania & Associates, Architect
Member for a team of nine architects. Produced construction documents using Autodesk Revit Architecture for a high rise building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in collaboration with HOK Houston office.
Team leader for a team of five architects. Produced construction documents using Autodesk Revit Architecture for office buildings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Team leader for a team of three architects. Produced design development and final design documents using Autodesk Revit Architecture for hotel villas that are part of a resort development in Zalaq, Bahrain.
Worked with a team of five architects. Entered an international design competition for the new Riyadh municipality headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Served on a team of five engineers. Supervised the construction phase of a large scale residential project in Manama, Bahrain.
Omrania & Associates, Junior Architect
Part of a team of twelve architects. Produced construction documents for the Saudi Arabian and Australian embassies in Amman, Jordan.
Member for a team of three architects. Entered an international design competition for a new mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Received first place honor.
Served on a team of three engineers. Supervised the construction phase of a residential project in Amman, Jordan.
University of Arizona, MArch, Design and Energy Conservation
Thesis Project. Designing Thermally Comfortable Outdoor Spaces for Mosques in Hot Arid Regions: A Case Study of the Jawharatul Islam mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Design Project. Team leader for a team of six students. Developed a proposal to improve the conditions in the outdoor science corridor south of the University of Arizona campus using passive and adaptive strategies.
Energy Simulation Project. Member for a team of three students. Simulated the energy performance for a residence in Tucson, AZ using IES VE computer simulation program.
Design Competition. Team leader for a team of three students. Entered an international competition to design a model water and energy efficient low income apartment building in Amman, Jordan.
University of Jordan, Bachelors, Architecture Engineering
This award is given to the graduating full - time student who best demonstrates leadership, positive contribution to the school of architecture, and scholastic performance by vote of Faculty teaching in the graduate programs.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Scholarship
This award is given to the full - time student that shows outstanding performance while working with professors teaching classes in the under - graduate program
Certificate of Appreciation, Honorable Mention
A certificate given for the participation in the Abu Alanda Housing Competition: A competition for the design of a model water - and energy - efficient low - income apartment building.