Tarek Rakha
Assistant Professor

B.Sc., Architecture, Cairo University; M.Sc., Architecture, Cairo University; Ph.D., Building Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Tarek Rakha is an architect, building scientist and educator. He is an assistant professor at Syracuse University, teaching studios, courses and seminars that integrate design with in-depth environmental performance analysis. As a faculty research fellow at the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE), he is founder and director of the Performative Praxis Lab (PPL), a Syracuse Architecture research lab housed at the SyracuseCoE. PPL aims to influence architecture, urban design and planning practices through three areas of expertise: sustainable urban mobility and outdoor thermal comfort; daylighting and energy efficiency in buildings, and building envelope diagnostics using drones. PPL’s goal is to support design analysis of existing and new energy flows in and in-between buildings to disruptively transform sustainable design practices through applied research. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Dr. Rakha taught at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed his Ph.D. in building technology at MIT, where he was part of the Sustainable Design Lab as a member of the developing team for umi, the urban modeling and simulation platform.

As an academic in the United States and a practicing architect in Egypt, Dr. Rakha seeks to combine multifaceted research approaches to issues of sustainability in design. He leads efforts in the acquisition and implementation of scholarly collaborations with government, industry and academic partners. This includes his leadership in multiple externally sponsored research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Gryphon Sensors. Dr. Rakha’s research was published in peer reviewed journals such as
Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD), Solar Energy, and LEUKOS, the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, as well as in numerous conference proceedings. His work received various recognition including an Innovative Program Development Fund Award from Syracuse University, 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, Skidmore Owings & Merril (SOM), and Harvard University. Dr. Rakha serves international scholarly conferences through his leadership, as he was invited to be General Chair for the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design 2018 (SimAUD) in TU Delft, and is also a Scientific Track Chair for the 7th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC).