Khaled Alawadi Department of Engineering Systems and Management

Engineering Systems & Management - Assistant Professor
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Dr. Khaled Alawadi is trained as an architect and urban designer. He obtained his Master’s in Urban Design and Doctorate in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Masdar Institute, Khaled worked as an architect in Dubai Municipality and as an assistant professor in the UAE University. Khaled’s work focuses on rethinking the city through sustainability paradigm. Khaled’s research and teaching are focused on the role of urban design and planning in promoting sustainable development and the big question is: “Which urban forms, technological solutions, and policy initiatives will effectively deliver greater environmental, social, and economic coherence in our regions, cities, and neighborhoods?”

Dr. Alawadi is currently coordinating a program proposal for a Master of Science in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Planning. This new program aims at responding to the rapid growth and consolidation of megascale urbanism which have necessitated the presence of new paradigms in urban design, planning, and transportation systems.


  • Urban Design for Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • Planning Theory, Practice, and Ethics
  • Urban Planning Studio
  • Urban Design Studio

Current Masdar Institute Students

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  • Mariam Ahmed Almaazmi   



Research Interest/Research Projects

  • Sustainable Urbanism
  • Future Forms of Sustainable Cities
  • Mapping Housing Landscape in Cities
  • Mapping Urban Spaces in Cities
  • Public Participation in City Design and Development
  • The impact of mobile society on the urban fabric and social infrastructure.


  • Alawadi, K., Dooling, S. (2014). Challenges to Participatory Planning Approaches within Dubai’s Context. (In progress)
  • Alawadi, K., Dooling, S. (2014). Rethinking Dubai’s Urbanism: Generating Sustainable Form-Based Urban Design Strategies for an Integrated Neighborhood. (In progress)
  • Alawadi, K. (2013). Defragmenting a Fractured Urban Environment: A Case Study of a Dubai Neighborhood. (In progress)