Mohamed Gomaa

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


Mohamed joined the School of Architecture and Built Environment in 2017 as a PhD candidate after obtaining his MSc degree in Building Energy and Environmental Performance from Cardiff University, UK. Mohamed has also worked as a research associate under the EPSRC funded research project “Computing Craft: manufacturing cob structures using robotically controlled 3D printing” at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, UK from 2018 to 2019. His doctoral studies are focused on the interdisciplinary researches that integrate additive manufacturing techniques with low energy design and indigenous materials, with a special interest in robotics and large-scale 3D printing. Mohamed strongly believes that this line of studies has the potential to open up radically new design-solutions, which are able to save energy, reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, improve indoor quality and increase the productivity of construction process. Mohamed has been working in both academia and practice in Egypt and overseas since 2010.

The pursuit of highly automated construction process, combined with the quest for materials at a low environmental impact caused the re-approach of earth materials in modern building construction. However, the current experiments and applications of 3D printing of natural earth materials composites are still in their infancy and remain fragmented. My research aims to step beyond the current prototyping state and explore the environmental and economic potentials of 3D-printed earth materials’ structures. Within this aim, new architectural and structural expressions will be re-invented to approach energy efficient, cost effective and affordable solutions to the housing shortage and the high expenses of building materials, especially in the developing countries. I also believe that these new expressions will change people’s perception of earth architecture, from being associated with the poor, to a high-tech housing type that embraces the notions of energy efficiency and holistic sustainability.

My research interests generally includes the following:

  • Digital Fabrication: 3D printing and robotic farication
  • Building energy performance simulation and assessment
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Daylighting.
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Gomaa, M., Carfrae, J., Goodhew, S., Jabi, W., & Veliz Reyes, A. (2019). Thermal performance exploration of 3D printed cob. Architectural Science Review, OnlinePubl, 1-8.
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    2019 Veliz Reyes, A., Jabi, W., Gomaa, M. S., Chatzivasileiadi, A., & Ahmad, L. (2019). Negotiated matter: a robotic exploration of craft-driven innovation. Architectural Science Review.
    2017 El-Darwish, I., & Gomaa, M. (2017). Retrofitting strategy for building envelopes to achieve energy efficiency. Alexandria Engineering Journal, 56(4), 579-589.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Veliz Reyes, A., Gomaa, M. S., Jabi, W., Chatzivasileiadi, A., & Wardhana, N. (2018). Computing craft: Early stage development of a robotically-supported 3D printing system for cob structures. In Computing for a better tomorrow Vol. 1. Lodz, Poland.
    2016 Gomaa, M. S., & Jabi, W. (2016). Evaluating Daylighting Analysis of Complex Parametric
    Facades. In 34th proceedings Vol. 2. University of Oulu, Finland.
  • 2018.   EPSRC grant for feasibility study on Cob 3D printing 
  • 2017.   Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI): Fully funded PhD degree at the University of Adelaide.
  • 2016.   Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research Grant.
  • 2014.   Chevening Scholarship: Fully funded Master studies at Cardiff University, by the UK government foreign and commonwealth office (FCO).
  • 2008.   Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education Grant: A fully funded student exchange programme in Syria.
  • 2018.   Teaching Assistant, Cardiff University, UK.
  • 2016.   Assistant Lecturer, Tanta University, Egypt.
  • 2011.   Teaching Assistant, Tanta University, Egypt.
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2010 - ongoing Member Egyptian Engineers syndicate Egypt

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