Tarek Rakha is an architect, building scientist and educator. He is an assistant professor of architectural design and building technology at Syracuse University, and faculty research fellow at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. He directs the Performative Praxis Lab (PPL), a Syracuse Architecture research lab housed at the SyracuseCoE. PPL aims to influence sustainable practices in architecture and urban design by leading innovative research in three fields: sustainable mobility and outdoor comfort, daylighting and energy in buildings, and aerial analytics. Prior to joining Syracuse University, he was adjunct professor at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Tarek completed his PhD in building technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was an instructor and part of the Sustainable Design Lab as a member of the developing team for umi, the urban modeling and simulation platform.
As a practicing architect in Egypt and an educator working in the field of sustainability in the built environment, his focus is on integrating energy systems and environmental design in architecture, urban design and planning practices. As an academic he seeks to combine multifaceted research approaches to issues of sustainability in built environment design. Tarek leads efforts in the acquisition and implementation of scholarly collaborations and projects, which include the ongoing Feasibility Assessment of Syracuse Transportation (FAST): Syracuse project, funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). His research was published in peer reviewed journals, such as “Solar Energy” and the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America “LEUKOS,” as well as in numerous conference proceedings. His work received various recognition that include being the first awardee of the Raab Family Education Fund from MIT and two Best Paper Awards. He was also an invited speaker and critic by a variety of organizations and academic institutions including TEDxCairo, Harvard University and the American University of Beirut.