Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (ADT), Heba develops the structure, content and delivery of the ADT programme validated in 2014. Heba achieved the accreditation of the BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design Technology by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for five years from September 2016. She has also sought accreditation for the programme from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). Heba has been appointed as an External Examiner to BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Anglia Ruskin University (2016-2020).
Heba is leading the British Council Newton Institutional Links project as the Principal Investigator (total grant £288 K) which started in April 2016 and ending in March 2019. The project; Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment aims to reform and modernise higher education programmes to bridge the current gap between sustainability-related principles and theories, and embed sustainable design in practice. She has led and organised, alongside her project team, two international conferences in London (SDBE 2017, SDBE 2018) with over 200 scientific papers published and presented. The research work undertaken in this project has been fed into the BSc ADT teaching and helped strengthen Research-Led teaching in the final year research projects. Heba is actively leading UEL's validation of BSc Environmental Architecture and Urbanism at Ain Shams University (ASU) in Cairo, Egypt which has proven successful on 1st August 2018. This initiative also led to validating another two programmes at ASU raising UEL's profile in the MENA region.
Heba is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and an Associated member to the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (ACIAT). She holds a PhD from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, the University of Nottingham, UK and an MSc and BSc degrees in Architectural Engineering. She had worked in practice in various projects as a registered architect in the Middle East and North Africa. Heba planned, launched and led the new MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings in 2014 and was the Director of International at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
Heba has been nominated as the Impact Champion for Architecture subject area in the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. She is leading the Sustainable Design Group and is setting up an environmental design research centre and lab at the University of East London. Heba proposed and validated A+D Design Lab summer programme (10 credits) which recruited over 120 international students 2016-2018. She had previously led the Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme (LCASP) at the WSA, Cardiff University (2013-2015) which recruited 250 international students.
Heba was a member of Cardiff University Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT), which had a successful Bronze award in 2016 and has been an active member in the WSA Athena SWAN SAT.