Tarek Rakha is an architect, building scientist and educator working in the field of sustainability in the built environment. He is a Building Technology PhD Candidate and instructor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). As a member of the Sustainable Design Lab, he is part of the developing team for umi, the urban modeling simulation platform.
His primary scholarly directions are in the fields of urban energy flows, daylighting & energy in buildings, and generative design and optimization. His research was published in numerous peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and 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 that include TEDxCairo,, Harvard University and the American University of Beirut. He was President of the Egyptian Student Association (ESA) at MIT in 2013/14. Their leadership was instrumental to the establishment of the MIT-Egypt program, a seed fund research grant and student exchange program between Egypt and MIT. Their efforts were recognized through several awards from the institute that include the William L. Stewart Jr. Award and the Bridge Builder Award for Leadership.