Assoc Prof. Mona Helmy

Mona Helmy is an architect, urbanist, and educator. Currently, she is an associate professor of architecture and urban design at the British University in Egypt (BUE). She received a Doctoral degree in Architecture and City Planning from Stuttgart University, Germany. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. She holds a higher diploma of “Teaching for Understanding” from Harvard University.

Between 2010 and 2018, Dr. Helmy was the founding chair of the architecture department at Dar Al-Hekma University, Jeddah, KSA. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Stuttgart.

Dr. Helmy publishes widely in international and national conferences. She is a member of several

scientific committees in international conferences, symposia, and refereed journals.

She is a research fellow at the Städtebau-Institut “SI” of the University of Stuttgart. The

current research studies of Dr. Helmy focus on “Creative Public Spaces”, “City Imaging and Branding” as

well as “City Festivalization and Eventification”.

As a consultant and advisor in urban design, city branding, and contemporary Arab Gulf urbanism, she

has participated in a number of significant planning, urban, and architecture projects in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East. She also contributed to several design studies.


Doctor of Engineering, Dr.-Ing., Architecture and City Planning

Städtebau Institut SI, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2008

Dissertation: Urban Branding Strategies and the Emerging Arab Cityscape.

Fields of Specialization: City Planning and Design, Urban Branding, Gulf Cities.

Higher diploma of “Teaching for Understanding”

Harvard University, 2008

Master of Science in Architectural Engineering/Urban Design MSc. Ain Shams University ASU, Cairo-Egypt, 2005

Thesis: Townscape Fundamentals for Public Artworks

Fields of Specialization: Architecture and urban design, Design of public spaces and Public art.

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering BSc. Arch.

Ain Shams University ASU, Cairo-Egypt, 1988

Fields of Specialization: Architecture

Research Interests


- Urban Design

- Creative Spaces

- City Branding Studies

- Sustainable Urbanism

- Gulf Cities’ Studies

- City Design and Development

- Heritage and Urban Identity

Conference Papers

Helmy, M. (2019). Integration, Segregation or Fragmentation? Jeddah Contemporary Mosques in the Context of Public Places. Proceeding of the Mosque Architecture Conference 2019 on Future: Mosque: Architecture “Mosque in the 21st Century and Beyond”, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 25 - 27

Helmy, M. (2017a). The Role of Architectural Education in Promoting Urban Heritage: Opportunities and Challenges, Al Azhar’s 14th International Conference on: Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Cairo, Egypt, December 17

Helmy, M. (2017b). ArtScaping of Public Places, Street Art and Urban Creativity Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 6-8

Helmy, M. (2017c). Planning Urban Identity for Developing Mountain Tourism Destinations, AUDI Conference, Abha, KSA, May 3-4

Helmy, M. (2015a). Creative Places as a Strategy for the Development of Cities, Future of Places Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, June 29 – July 1

Helmy, M. (2015b). Eventfying Cities: Developing a Successful Image in the Arab Gulf Context, Ajman Seventh Urban Planning Conference, Planning Event Cities, Ajman, UAE, March 2-4

Helmy, M. (2014). Festivalization of Historic Places, Fourth National Built Heritage Forum, SCTA, Asir, Saudi Arabia, December 1- 4

Helmy, M. (2013). Rethinking Public Space: Liveability as a Strategy for Safe Places, Ajman Sixth Urban Planning Conference: Safe Cities, Ajman, UAE, March 11 -15

Helmy, M. (2012). Urban Heritage as a Brand, Third National Built Heritage Forum, SCTA, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, December 11- 12