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Mona El Khafif

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 412
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Dr. techn. Vienna University of Technology, 2008 [Ph.D.]
Dipl. Ing. Architecture, RWTH Aachen, 1996
Vordiplom, Architecture, RWTH Aachen, 1991
Biography

Mona El Khafif, Dr. techn. is an Associate Professor at UVA School of Architecture, co-author of the award winning publication ‘URBANbuild: Local/Global’ (with Ila Berman) and author of ‘Staged Urbanism: Urban Spaces for Art, Culture and Consumption in the Age of Leisure Society’ (German edition). Her research operates at multiple scales, examining the interdisciplinary aspects of urban design, temporary urbanism, urban prototyping, and strategies for the smart city. At UVA El Khafif serves as the RCN director of the recently funded NSF Grant entitled “MainStreet21” supporting a network of small and midscale cities in Virginia and co-directs the school’s initiative on Smart Environments.

El Khafif started her academic career 2000 in Vienna, Austria at the Institute for Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, where she taught urban research and design studios and lead the urban core studio for 5 years. 2006-2007 she joined the URBANbuild HUD grant at Tulane University in New Orleans dedicated to the rehabilitation of 4 neighborhoods in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. From 2008-2013 she was an Associate Professor at CCA California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she lead the division’s URBANlab and chaired the college's new 2 year post-professional Master of Architecture in Urban Design and Landscape program. From 2013-2016 El Khafif taught at the University of Waterloo, Canada where she co-directed the school’s DATAlab. Recently from 2016-2017 El Khafif was a guest professor at the TU Dortmund, Germany at the Institute of Urban Design. At UVA she teaches the graduate urban architecture studio, urban research and design studios as well as urban elective seminars investigating networked systems of urban mega regions.

ARCH 3010: Research Studio I
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 2020
ARCH 4010: Research Studio II
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
ARCH 4020: Independent Design Research Studio
Credits: 6
Students pursue a semester long independent design project. Prerequisite: ARCH 4010 or ARCH 4011.
ARCH 4021: Ind Design Thinking Research Studio
Credits: 6
This is a studio based course on Architectural design thinking with a focus on creative approaches to analyzing and solving diverse problems. Prerequisite: ARCH 3011/3021
ARCH 4820: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Selected students lead a seminar (of 8 to 10 younger students each) for 'Lessons of the Lawn' and 'Lessons in Making.' All student assistants attend class lectures (for a second time) and then meet with their seminar groups weekly, leading discussions of topics and questions raised by the instructor.
PLAN 5500: Special Topics in Planning
Credits: 1–4
Varies annually to meet the needs of graduate students.
PLAN 5614: Urban Strategies
Credits: 3
Worldwide urbanization processes will increase in the next years reaching a rate of 75% until the middle of the century. Shrinkage, stagnation and rapid growth will be simultaneous phenomena and to achieve urban sustainability it will be important to innovate analytical methods and urban design frameworks. Discussions, lectures, and readings in combination with an urban design group project will introduce students to contemporary urban design methodologies.
PLAN 5993: Applied Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Individual study directed by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Planning faculty approval of topic.
ARCH 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARCH 7010: Foundation Studio III
Credits: 6
Intermediate-level design problems, emphasizing analysis and synthesis of complex contextual, cultural, and constructional issues. Prerequisite: ARCH 6020 or chair permission.
ARCH 7020: Foundation Studio IV
Credits: 6
Intermediate-level design problems, emphasizing structure, enclosure, life safety and building systems. Prerequisite: ALAR 7010
ALAR 8020: Research Studio 2
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Typical projects include brownfields, urban landscape infrastructure, and sustainable designs. Prerequisite: ALAR 8010
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8995: Thesis II
Credits: 6
Thesis II . Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.
SARC 9993: Advanced Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Advanced independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director.

Urban Design Certificate

Director
2019-current

Grants and Commissions

2019   Co-Principal Investigator, „Networked Public Space“, UVA Strategic Investment Fund Grant, $  332,000.00, (w/ Mondschein)

2019 Co-Principal Investigator, „CCUS Virginia“, RCN Mainstreet21 Pipeline Project Grant, $10,000, (w/ Mondschein, and Field)           

2019 Co-Principal Investigator, „Evidence-based community design and planning via mapping Location-Based Social Networks (LBSNs)“, RCN Mainstreet21 Pipeline Project Grant, $6,400, (w/ Huang, Judah, and Dunkel)

2018 Co-Investigator, “Emerging Urbanisms in Deindustrializing City Regions”, Urban Studies Foundation Seminar Grant, Euro 20,000 (University of Michigan: Thun, Murray, Alarcon; University of Aachen: Reicher, Polivka; University of Virginia: El Khafif, Berman)

2018 Co-Principal Investigator, „CCUS From Data to Design Action“, SARC Faculty Summer Research Project and Publication Grant 2018, $10,000, (w/ Mondschein)

2018 USOAR Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research Grant 2018, CCUS, Financial support for one undergraduate research assistants, $ 9,000 (full-time summer support)

2017 Co-Principal Investigator, Smart Environments: Data I Policies I Design, Human Informatics Grants, $ 50,000, (w/ Ripple)

2017   USOAR Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research Grant, financial support for two undergraduate research assistants, $ 9,000

2017   Co-Investigator, “MainStreet21 Research Coordination Network”, NSF Smart Communities Grant $ 495,000 (PI Berman, Co-PIs Rheuban, Cai, Cheng, RCN director El Khafif)

2017   Co-Principal Investigator, Smart Environments: Data I Policies I Design, Human Informatics Grants, $ 50,000, (w/ Ripple)

2017   Co-Principal Investigator, „Community-centered Urban Sensing“, SARC Faculty Summer Research Project and Publication, Grant $10,000, (w/ Mondschein)

2014   Co-Principal Investigator, On The Line, OTL Research Fund, Region of     Waterloo $ 24,000 (w/ Przybylski, Haldenby)

2014   Commission, Urban Prototyping Gray Area Foundation, MarketScene, $2,000 (w/I wan, Srapyan)

2014   Urban Urge Award, Seed Fund for InstantPlayGround, (with Marcella Del Signore)

2014   Urban Urge Seed Grant for InstantPlayGround, (w/ Del Signore, Lopez, Iwan)

2012   Commission, Urban Prototyping San Francisco, The 10 Mile Garden, (w/ Del Signore, Lopez, Iwan)

2012   Commission, Urban Prototyping San Francisco, InstantPlayGround, (w/ Del Signore, Lopez, Iwan)

2012   Co-Principal Investigator, ZERO1 Emerging Artists Network Grant for iLounge $1,500 (w/ Marcella Del Signore)

2012   Commission, ZERO1 and Northern Sparks, Project Grant for iLounge $10,000 (w/ Marcella Del Signore)

2012   Faculty Curriculum Grant California College of the Arts, $1,750 (Beyond Census)

2010   Principal Investigator, ZERO1 Biennial Event Grant for Absolute Zero

2009   Commission, AIA San Francisco, 10x10 Cities, $20.000

(10x10 Cities Committee)

2006   Co-Principal Investigator, URBANweb Tulane Research Enhancement Fund, $40,000.00 (w/ Ila Berman PI)

Honors and Awards

2013   First Prize, Fort Mason Urban Design Competition, Team West 8 (with West 8, bionic, HRA, Jensen Architects, SCALESHIFT Berman El Khafif)

2010   Communication Arts Design Annual 51, 2010 (Berman, El Khafif, Aufuldish for URBANbuild)

2010   AIGA Design Award, 50 Books / 50 Covers 2009 (Berman, El Khafif, Aufuldish for URBANbuild)

2009   First Prize, “ASCA Green Community Award”, International Student Design Competition

1997   Hünnebeck Prize, Faculty of Architecture RWTH Aachen, Germany