Dr. Abdulgader Uthman Amir

Certificates and professional license
Areas of research interest
Computational Skills
Administrative Activities
Academic and Professional Consultations
Symposia, Conferences and Workshops



Dr. Abdulqader Amir, Assistant Professor
Department of City and Regional Planning
College of Environmental Design 
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
Box # 641, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Tel. Off:(03) 860-3874
Fax:      (03) 860-3857 
E-Mail:   aamir@kfupm.edu.sa



Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Architecture, November
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (USA).

Dissertation Title: The spatial logic of pedestrian movement & exploration in the central area of Jeddah: the effect of spatial configuration on shopping behavior.

Master of Urban Design & Planning (MUDP),
June, 1990,
University of Washington, Seattle (USA).

Thesis Title: Social revitalization of the historic core of
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Attended courses on Livable Communities and their Design, 1989-1990 University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada).

Bachelor of City Planning with honor
,5 -year Professional Degree, June, 1985 University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

Certificates and professional license

A certificate on Implementation of a Land-based GIS Project for a City, 2002, Bahrain Center for Studies & Research.

An academic license on teaching space syntax compute based techniques, 2001, University College London, London (UK).

A certificate on computer-based pedestrian modeling technique, 1997, Georgia
Institute of Technology, Atlanta (USA).

A certificate on making cities livable through urban design, 1990, Urban Design Group, Barkley, Ca (USA).


Sustainable Urban design and development.

Environmental perception and behaviour.

Urban form and Morphology of Islamic Cities.

Urban renewal and revitalization of the historic city cores.

Computer-based spatial analysis of buildings and urban areas  (Space Syntax Technique).

Design and planning of residential areas.

Areas of research interest

- Physical Planning and Sustainable Urban Design.
- Preservation and Revitalization of Historic Areas.
- Urban Form and Morphology of The Islamic City.
- Environmental cognition and Way finding in Architecture and
  urban areas.
- Computer aided planning and design.
- Shopping centres design and performance, modelling and  
   analysis of Pedestrian movement and shopping behaviour in
   retail areas.
- Recreational Planning and Urban Tourism.


Hardware: IBM mainframe Environment, IBM and IBM Compatibles, Macintosh.

Application software: Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Page Maker, Excel, Power point, Stat View, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop, Axman, Depth map, Orange box.


Chairman, Department of Architecture (2004- September 2005)

Chairman, Department of City & Regional Planning (to 17/09/2000 to 2004). 

Chairman of the organizing committee of the first planning symposium, 2003.

College of Environmental Design Council, (1217/09/2000 to present.

Member, University Planning Adhoc Committee, to develop RFP for the strategic.

 Plan for KFUPM and University Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives 2002 – 2003.

 Member, KFUPM Master Plan Committee, 2003.

Chairman, of university admission test (Ram 1), Najran center, 2003. 

Chairman, the CRP Academic chair committee, 2003.

Member, evaluation of student housing committee, 2002.

Member, University Admission & Academic Standing Committee (1998-2000).

Member, Department Admission Committee (1999-2000).

Member, University, Housing Committee (1991-92), (1993-94).

Member, College Awards Committee (1999-2000).

Member, University Admission Test Committee (1999-2003). 

Member, Department Curriculum Development Committee

Member, Department Textbooks Committee (1998-2000).

Member, Department Continuing Education Committee (1999 to 2000).


1-     Consultant at the Dammam Municipality, 2000-2001.

2-     Project Manager, for the design of the master plan of Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Scinec Park at KFUPM, 2003-present .

3-     Project manger,  the design competition of the development of Jabal Omar Project, Makkah Al Mukaramah, 2001.

4-     External Examiner for Ph. D thesis on MONITORING URBAN SPRAWL AND    ITS SUITABILITY ANALYSIS IN ALIGARH CITY USING REMOTE SENSING AND GIS TECHNIQUES" in Remote Sensing Application Center Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India.2003.

5-     Primary investigator on" the university funded research on " A SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF MALL DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE, 2000- 2002.

6-     Reviewer of many research papers in local Refereed Journals.

7-     Developed curricula and course packs for:

Ø       Planning Theory – CRP 502/CRP 501

Ø       Computer-aided planning –CRP 507

Ø       Spatial culture of cities- CRP 599

Ø       Social and Cultural factors of design- ARC 452

Ø       Special Topic on Islamic Architecture- ARC 443


1- “Students Learning at KFUPM: Challenges and opportunities” discussion Forum, Academic Development Center, Conference Center, March 25,2001, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


2- “Striving for excellence in University Teaching and Learning”, Academic Development Center, Conference Center, April 28- May 1st, 2001, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


3- Workshops on " Preparing to Teach: Instructional Development Program for Recently Appointed Faculty ", Academic Development Center, Conference Center, Aug. 26-27,2001, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


4- “Workshop on How to be an Effective University Teacher “,Academic Development Center, Conference Center, September 07 - 08, 2002, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


5- “Workshops on Increasing Effectiveness as a University Teacher “, Academic Development Center, Conference Center, September 09 - 11, 2002, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


6-   Sustainable Building , International conference, September 23-25, Oslo, Norway.


7-   Workshops on "Introduction to outcome-based program and course assessment", Academic Development Center, Conference Center, October 7, 2003, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


8-    Workshop on: The Role of the Department Chairperson in Sustaining and

       Improving the Quality of Teaching, April, 2002, KFUPM.


9- Workshops on “How to Conduct Business Consulting?” Research Institute,   KFUPM, 26-30 Oct. 2002, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


10- “The First Planning Symposium for the Development of Academic Planning   Programs    and Professional Practice in Saudi Arabia”, Organizing Committee Chairman, and planning department meeting Chairmen  October 14-15, 2003, Conference Center, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


Amir, A. (1993), Revitalization of the Historic Core of Jeddah; Saudi Arabia, The Proceedings of Making cities livable conference, San Francisco, Ca.

 2-     Amir, A. (2000), The spatial dimension of shopping behaviour in the inner shopping areas of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Proceedings of IFHP 2000 Urban networks, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

 3-      Amir, A. (2002), SYNTACTIC MODELLING AND ANALYSIS: A GIS Adaptation and Enhancement for Effective Pedestrian and Vehicular Systems, Proceedings of GIS International conference, Bahrain.

 4-     Amir, A. (2002),The Expansions of the Holy Mosque of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

During the Reign of King Fahd Al Saud: An Urban Morphological Study, Proceedings of IFHP- Remaking cities: Preservation and creation, Ljubhjana, Slovenia 2002.


CRP  501 Planning Theory

ARC 443 Special Topic on Islamic Architecture: Architectural Arrangement of the Traditional Islamic Market Place and Suqs.

ARC 452 Social Cultural Factors in Design

CRP 507 Computer-aided Planning

Short Course