Previous to her current role, Dr. Sumayah Al-Solaiman served at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam in a variety of roles. She was Dean of the College of Design, Vice Dean of Quality, Development and Academic Accreditation, Chair of the Graphic Design and Multimedia Department and Director of Patents and Technology Transfer.
She has both a PhD (Newcastle University, 2010) and Master of Architecture (King Faisal University, 2002) and a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture (King Faisal University, 2000). She has native proficiency of German, Arabic and English.
Her 20 years of teaching experience include 4 years at Newcastle University. Her research interests include areas of intersection between architecture and politics such as the mediation of power in space and place; ideologies and nation-building in architectural practice; and regionalism within modernism. She has some peer-reviewed publications and participated in conferences and symposia. She was also editor-in-chief of ‘Forum: International Journal of Postgraduate Studies in Architecture, Planning and Landscape’.
Besides her academic and administrative duties she was the organizer for the International Sustainability through Biomimicry conference (Dammam, 2012); head of the executive committee of UD’s participation in the International Exhibition and Conference of Higher Education (Riyadh, 2013 & 2014) and project manager for the redevelopment of UD’s website.