Taher El Danaf

Master of Science in sustainable design of the built environment, indoor environmental quality. Proficient at indoor air quality with +7 years of experience. Senior interior designer and lecturer with +9 years of experience in teaching interior design courses and practicing residential and commercial projects. Preparing for a PhD at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK, specialized in open-plan offices. Took part in several exhibitions, lab designs, and installations for Ajman University, as well as exhibition installations outside the university. Mentoring students in a variety of local and international competitions, exhibitions, and conferences, including the Renewable Energy Competition 2019, RAK-UAE, Solar Decathlon Competition, Dubai 2018, and the Public Transportation System, France 2020. Since 2015, I've been organizing international workshops with Darmstadt University in Frankfurt, Germany.    

Education
  • MSc. in Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, The British University in Dubai-UAE, 2013
  • Bachelor in Interior Design, Ajman University, Ajman-UAE, 2008
  • Preparing PhD in open-plan office. De Montfort University, Leicester-UK
Experience
  • Head of the Interior Design Department, Ajman University 2020 till date
  • Lecturer, Department of Interior Design, Ajman University, since 2013. Teaching Assistant 2008-2013
  • Interior Designer, Interior Design Dep., Clive Christian, Dubai-UAE, 2006-2008
  • Site Engineer (Al-Yarmouk Décor-Sharjah) as a part time. Office and site work, including designing and site execution for all projects 2004-2006
  • KARASI Students Textile Art Exhibition-Dubai Mall, organized by Ajman University 2012 (Participated in the installation and event setup).
  • UAE National Day Event setup, design and execution, Ajman University 2017.
  • UAE National Day Event setup, design and execution, Ajman University 2018.
  • Communities Day, design, setup and execution, Ajman University 2018.
  • Ajman University 2018 Global Day event design, setup and execution
  • Students Club Fair design, setup and execution, Ajman University, 2018 & 2019.
  • Mentoring students, Solar Decathlon competition, Dubai 2018.
  • Students poster presentation, the “Renewable Energy Competition 2019”, organized by the Arab-German Young Academy of Science and Humanities and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah
  • Lighting Lab setup and fit-out work Ajman University, 2019.
  • Global Day event design, setup and execution, Ajman University 2019 & 2020
Teaching Area
  • Interior Design Studio I (Residential Villa)
  • Interior Design Studio II (Retail Design)
  • Interior Design Studio III (offices)
  • Sustainability for Interior Design. Developing the course and encouraging conference poster participation to students
  • Working Drawing I & II
  • Lighting & Acoustics course for ID
  • Graduation Project II
Research
  • Building Skin and materials performance in residential projects
  • Indoor Human Comfort & Natural Lighting
  • Open plan offices, level of perceived collaboration
Publications
Conference Presentation
  • Sensory Pollution from Treated Wood Panels on Perceived Air Quality and Human Comfort, SB – 13 Conference December 8 -10, 2013
  • Seminar Speaker at the Big 5 Show 2013, Dubai. Paper name: Adapting to climate change with floating houses,
  • THE ELEMENTS OF NATURAL CONCEPT IN SUSTAINABLE BUILDING SKINS by: Taher Salah, Omnia Mohamed, And Akram Azmy Conference name: EURO-MED-SEC-2: The Second European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference
  • ACHIEVING THE OPTIMAL SUSTAINABLE LIGHTING CONCEPT (PROPOSAL FOR SOLAR DECATHLON MIDDLE EAST 2018-2020). Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
  • THE ROLE OF THE INTERIOR DESIGN TO PLAN A HAPPY HOME WITH A LOW BUDGET – SHEIKH ZAYED HOUSING PROGRAMME (AJMAN). Conference name: 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Memberships, Awards and Honors
  • Member of APID
  • Awards of Hotel International Conference/Dubai 2006
  • Honors, Five Star Hotel Competition – Ajman University, 2007
  • Solar Decathlon 2016, Submitting Preliminary proposal (Team Leader, Indoor Environment)
  • VMODERN Magazine (Library Chair, 21 NOV. 2015) – Participation
  • Supervisor in Students Affair Events, Design and Specifications (National Day and Global Day, 2017-2019)
  • Supervisor in Students Affair Events, Design and Specifications (Global Day, 2017-2019)
  • Supervisor in Students Affair Events, Design and Specifications (Club Fair, 2017-2019)