wadia albarqawi

wadia albarqawi

Makkah, SA



As an architect I was lucky to start my professional career, after submitting my PhD, as a supervisor for Wadi Makkah. The mission was to manage the master plan that includes the startups buildings, SME's innovations and R&D centers. The goal was to create innovative environment. Later, I was assigned as CEO for Wadi Makkah for Real Estate company. Although the task was different, the quest for innovative methods to generate revenue was appealing . Each project we singed, as a team, had an innovative approach, a unique environment, and sustainable buseniss model. We invest in both: physical asset and human capital.


Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, SA, Assistant Professor

Planning and leading activities that help in the development of students’ emotional, physical, and social growth
Communicating skill concepts to students in simple terms and means to facilitate their understanding
Promoted language and communication development through storytelling, reading, and extra-curriculum activities

Aug 2013 - current

Wadi Makkah, Makkah, SA, CEO

Designed the master plan for Wahat Umm Al-Qura at Umm Al-Qura University
Planned the strategy for Wadi Makkah to be aligned with Vision 2030
Singed five major investment projects.
Reviewed company records and consulted in the revision of company goals, vision, mission statement, and marketing strategy.
conducted training sessions and a company retreat with an emphasis on building necessary skills and teambuilding activities.
Helped create a 30 percent increase in profits along with a simultaneous 10 percent decrease in expenses over a tree-year period.
Generated an operational business plan to aid in the company's continued success.

Mar 2018 - Jul 2020

Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, SA, Dean

Lunched summer training program 2017
Supervised 3 initiatives from the Ministry of Education based on Vision 2030
Identified and planned social events for the organization to provide potential networking opportunities for members and sponsors

Sep 2016 - Sep 2017

Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, SA, Supervisor

Approved the master plan for the Medical corridor at Umm Al-Qura University (Designed by HDR)
Approved the master plan for the Second Academic Corridor at Umm Al-Qura University (Designed by nikken sekkei)
Coordinated workers and suppliers to ensure optimal efficiency and reduce costs.
Worked in changing management legacy systems and with transition teams to implement new training processes
Directed modification requests in projects and served in escalating key points

Sep 2016 - Sep 2017

Wadi Makkah, Makkah, SA, Director

Approved the master plan of Wadi Makkah (Designed by HoK)
Developed and supervised the construction of the startups building which is among early phase buildings at Wadi Makkah
Directed team of technicians to create documentation and blueprints

Jan 2013 - Sep 2016

Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, SA, Advisor

Met with clients and supeprvisors to discuss projects
Communicate with clients from initial brainstorming to final reveal
Supervised and delegated tasks to a team of [50] people.

Sep 2013 - Jan 2015

Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, SA, Assistant Architect

Was responsible for conducting the classroom during the head teacher's absence
Contributed with the classroom teacher in preparing and delivering daily lesson plans
Developed and strengthened collaborations with research groups.

Jan 2000 - Oct 2003

Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, SA, Assistant Researcher

served as the primary contact for trail subjects and the principal project investigator
Collected data and samples during field studies

Jan 2001 - Oct 2001

Al-Safwa Cosultant Firm, Makkah, SA, Architect

Worked on and collaborated through all phases of work
Directed team of technicians to create documentation and blueprints
Met with clients and supervisors to discuss projects
Designed and constructed many projects: Makkah (2 residential towers:15 levels - 3 residential buildings: 4 levels); Jeddah (resort); Taif (private villa); Madina (private villa)

Jan 2000 - Jan 2001


The University of Sydney, Sydney, AU, PhD, thesis

Mar 2006 - Mar 2013

The University of Sydney, Sydney, AU, MArch, coursework

Mar 2004 - Mar 2006

Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah al Mukarramah, SA, BArch, coursework

Mar 1995 - Mar 2000

Areas of Specialization