Tarek Rakha is an architect currently conducting a PhD in Building Technology in the Department of Architecture at MIT. In the past seven years he has taught environmental control and sustainability design to students at MIT, the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Cairo University. He is a member of the Sustainable Design Lab at MIT, where he is part of the developing team for umi, the urban modeling simulation platform. He was a practicing architect in multiple Cairo-based firms with a deep interest in integrating environmental technologies with design practice. His research interests include the walkability and bikeability of neighborhoods, outdoor thermal comfort, daylighting, building science, energy efficiency, performance simulation, sustainability, generative design and optimization. His work received various recognition that include two best paper awards and two IBPSA-USA Student Scholarships. In addition, Tarek is a Certified Passive House Consultant in the US. He was an invited speaker and critic by a variety of organization and academic institutions that include TEDxCairo, the Architecture Boston Expo, Rhode Island School of Design and Northeastern University. He was President of the Egyptian Student Association 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 MIT that include the William L. Stewart Junior Award and the Bridge Building Award for Leadership.
PhD in Building Technology, Department of Architecture, MIT
M.Sc. in Architecture, Cairo University
B.Sc. in Architecture, Cairo University
William L. Stewart, Jr. Award for the Egyptian Student Association at MIT
Bridge Builder Award – leadership for the Egyptian Student Association at MIT
IBPSA-USA travel award to present a paper in the IBPSA-World conference
IBPSA-USA travel award to present a paper in the IBPSA-USA conference
Scholarship for Passive House Consultant Training – MIT Building Technology.
Scholarship for Arabic Students – Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Best Paper Award – Student: ICCBE 2010
Best Paper Award - Low Energy Architecture: Renewable Energy 2010
Outstanding Performance and Dedication Certificate – Architecture at AUC
Cairo University Thesis Award: Excellence in Environmental Design