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Dr. Rabee M. Reffat , PhD (Syd)


Associate Professor of Architecture and Design Computing


Short Biography


Dr. Reffat is specialising in teaching and researching architectural design and creativity, computing in architecture, smart buildings, data mining, intelligent virtual environments, and artificial intelligence and intelligent agents in architecture. Dr. Reffat has a substantial professional experience in architectural design acquired in Australia and the Middle East.


Dr. Reffat's research work has been extensively  published at various international refereed journals and  international refereed conferences held at more than 25 countries worldwide.  Dr. Reffat has published 1 edited book, 4 book chapters and 64 refereed journal and conference papers. Dr. Reffat has successfully managed and completed research projects funded by Australian Research Council, University of Sydney and the CRC (Cooperative Research Centres) in Australia; and KFUPM  and KACST in Saudi Arabia.


Dr. Reffat joined the Architecture Department, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia since September 2004. Prior to joining KFUPM he held a tenure faculty position at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney, Australia. 


Areas of Research Excellence:

  • Architectural Creativity and Computational Design

  • Artificial Intelligence (Intelligent Agents and Data Mining) in Design and Architecture

  • Virtual Environments in Design and Architecture

  • Digital Design Education & e-Learning

  • Intelligent Buildings

  • Knowledge Management and  e-Government



Office Location: Room 319, Building 19, KFUPM Campus

Postal Address: P.O. Box 1817, KFUPM, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Phone: +966-3- 860 2616 (Office); + 966 500 917 287 (Mobile)
Email: rabee@kfupm.edu.sa  & rabee.reffat@gmail.com



Funded Research

Arch. Design



Ph.D. in Architecture and Design Computing (Sydney Uni., Australia) 2000

M.Sc. Arch.Eng. (KFUPM, Saudi Arabia)  1994

B.Arch. (Honours, Assiut Uni., Egypt) 1989

Grad. Cert. of Teaching in Higher Education (Sydney Uni., Australia) 2004