M.sc. Soma KAREEM

- Head of department -

Soma Abdulsalam Kareem

(Soma Manmi)

Atconz, Erbil, Kurdistan of Iraq

00964 (0) 770 241 33 77   

soma.manmi@gmail.com

 

Education

 

2013 – 2014:                             University of East London (Master’s Degree in Architecture: Urban Design)

                                                Grade: 92/100

 

August 2013:                             Royal Institute of British Architects Recognized Architectural Qualification (RIBA Part I)

 

2008 – 2013:                             Beirut Arab University (Bachelor Degree in Architectural Engineering)

Grade: 83/100

 

2001 – 2008:                             Sulaimania Private College (High School Baccalaureate)

 

 

Employment Experience

 

June 2017 – Present:                  Founder and Partner at N.A.S Architects

 

February 2016 – Present:             ISHIK University | Head of Architectural Engineering Department Erbil –      Kurdistan

 

                                                       Teaching:

- City Planning

- Principles of Planning

- Interior Design Studio III

- History of Architecture

- History of Interior Design

- Performing Head of Department role

- Lecturing.

- Preparing Syllabus.

- Doing Researches.

- Performing all types of departmental activities.

- Following ethical rules of department, faculty and university.

- Participating in meetings and committees, supporting department's social,    scientific, and academic activities. - Supporting faculty of Architectural Engineering and Interior Design's activities based on performance measures, strategic plan, and education. - Participating in conferences and seminars. - Participating in syllabus and curriculum preparation and development meetings.

 

September 2015 – Present:          ISHIK University | Lecturer at Faculty of Engineering - Architecture

                                                        & Interior Design Departments (Erbil – Kurdistan)

                                                         

                                                         Teaching:

 

1. Building Construction Technology III (Third Year Architecture Department)

2. History of Architecture II (Third Year Architecture Department)

3. Computer Graphics (Second Year Interior Design Department)

4. History of Interior Design (Second Year Interior Design Department)

5. Interior Design (Second Year Interior Design Department)

6. City Planning

7. Principles of Planning

- Lecturing.

- Preparing Syllabus.

- Doing Researches.

- Performing all types of departmental activities.

- Preparing examination questions on time as scheduled.

- Following ethical rules of department, faculty and university.

- Participating in meetings and committees, supporting department's social, scientific, and academic activities.

- Supporting faculty of Architectural Engineering and Interior Design's activities based on performance measures, strategic plan, and education.

- Keeping communication with head of major field of study, head of department, and dean, soft, respectfully and helpfully with assistants.

- Participating in conferences and seminars.

- Participating in student social, cultural, and advising activities.

- Participating in syllabus and curriculum preparation and development meetings.

- Doing Researches and publish them.

 

 

June 2015 – August 2015:            Heller Group Construction | Italy – Project Manager (Erbil – Kurdistan)

                                          

-       Responsible for Korek Office Tower Project in Erbil Media City.

-       Agreeing project objectives

-        Representing the client's and organization’s interests

-        Providing advice on the management of projects

-        Organizing the various professional people working on a project

-       Carrying out risk assessment

-       Making sure that all the aims of the project are met

-       Making sure the quality standards are met

-       Recruiting specialists and sub-contractors

-       Monitoring sub-contractors to ensure guidelines are maintained

-       Overseeing the accounting, costing and billing

-       Developing the program of work and strategy for making the project happen

-       Communicating with a range of people in 4 languages including the client, subcontractors, suppliers, the public and the workforce

-       Planning ahead to prevent problems on site before they occur, for example, planning the delivery and storage of equipment and materials

-       Preparing the site and liaising with other construction professionals such as architects, engineers, buyers, estimators and surveyors before construction work starts

-       Staff Management -Recruited Civil Engineer to Work on Site -

-       Daily email checks for correspondence from many stakeholders

-       Preparing regular progress reports for project sponsors

-       Keeping up to date with any policy and legislation changes

 

 

March 2015 – June 2015:                WWB – Project Architect | Urban Designer | Interior Designer

 

- Project Architect & Interior Designer for a new 5 Star Restaurant in Sulaimani - Kurdistan of Iraq.

- Handling Landscape Architecture of the Outdoor Restaurant.

- Designing the Logo and the Menu for the restaurant.

July 2012 – August 2012:                      Dar Al-Handasah Consultants – Trainee Architect (Beirut – Lebanon)

 

- Abraj Kudai 12 Towers Project in Mecca – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia    

- Concourse 4 - Dubai International Airport Expansion Project UAE

June 2012 – July 2012:             LDRS Chehab & Partners – Trainee Architect (Beirut - Lebanon)

- Member of a teamwork designing Eco-wood Factory in Chouf – Lebanon                 - Lebanese Village Project in Erbil – Kurdistan Region

July 2010 – September 2010:          Bina’ Alghad - Shari Jwan Company – Trainee Architect (Sulaimani)

- Shari Jwan – Grand Millennium Hotel – Project (Kurdistan Region)

Worked on the project’s construction site, participated in reviewing the    shop drawings, choosing building materials and writing business letters to the concerned companies.

January 2010 – February 2010:      Nokan Group - Assistant Architect (Sulaimani - Kurdistan Region)

- Participated in project outlines from small landscaping to parking designs.

Skills and Accomplishments

 

Languages:                                     Kurdish (Native Speaker)

                                                           English and Arabic (Fluent / Bilingual Proficiency)

                                                           Turkish (Advanced Level)

Skills and Accomplishments

 

 

Architectural skills:                           Architectural Design, Urban Design, City & Town Planning, Urban    Regeneration, Execution Design, Building Construction, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Conceptual Design, Graphic Design, Sustainable Design, Model Making, Design Researches, Building Specifications & Quantities, Building Information modelling (BIM), Geographic Information System (GIS).

Certificates:                                                    Professional AutoCad course Certificate

                                                                            3D Max course Certificate

Computer Skills:                               AutoCad, Revit, SketchUp pro, 3D Max – V-Ray, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office.

Activities and Awards

 

 

·         Awarded Silver Medal and a Certificate in Mathematics International Project Competition (IMPC) held in 2006 where 22 countries participated. Was sent to Turkey and Kazakhstan by Sulaimania Private College.

·         Certificate of Honor -Top 5 Students- in Kurdistan of Iraq awarded by Ministry of Education (2005)

·         Certificate of Honor -Top 8 Students- in Kurdistan of Iraq awarded by Ministry of Education (2007)

·         Received 12 Certificates of Excellence and Distinction awarded by Sulaimania Private College from (2001- 2008)

·         Member of School's Physics Club & Computer Club. (2002 till 2007)

·         Volunteered as Physics Teacher of 9th grade & Computer Teacher of 10th Grade.

 

·         Volunteered as a Job Fair Recruiter for WWB at The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS) in April 2015.           


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Education Background :

Education

 

2013 – 2014:                             University of East London (Master’s Degree in Architecture: Urban Design)

                                                Grade: 92/100

 

August 2013:                             Royal Institute of British Architects Recognized Architectural Qualification (RIBA Part I)

 

2008 – 2013:                             Beirut Arab University (Bachelor Degree in Architectural Engineering)

Grade: 83/100

 

2001 – 2008:                             Sulaimania Private College (High School Baccalaureate)

 

 


Interests :

Architectural Design, Urban Design, Construction, Interior Design, Sustainable design, graphic design,  

 Consulting Services , Education, Urban Regeneration, City & Town Planning, Landscape Architecture, Conceptual Design

   

 

My Teaching philosophy is :

To write about Education in architecture, it is necessary to point out the theoretical part of Architecture. The application of the theories studied in architecture is the practical part which is the core subjects in the curriculum. In order to achieve the implementation of the theoretical subjects, one must be familiar with the user, the behaviour of the user in the space and the environment around them and this will be done by going through a systematic research process and continuous analysis.  The methodology used is categorized into three parts “Understanding” “Idealizing” and “Presenting” all these are interconnected stages. Teaching Architecture and Learning Architecture are connected to each other in such a way that the first can’t be achieved without the second. For this students need to learn about architecture and be inspired by the fascinating built environment around them and then expect to be taught. Because “I don’t think you can teach Architecture. You can only inspire people” Zaha Hadid. Students need to observe and train their mental image and memory, as this field of study requires a lot of creativity and creativity needs knowledge and inspiration saved in the back of their head. Brainstorming is the first step taken by the lecturer to help their students to think, and by that I mean shaking the foundation of their thoughts to rebuild in a more creative way. 

      The fact that “design” is such a confusing term, widely used and misused in common parlance, has been problematic in the development of the design professions. If we are not careful, the mere use of the word makes any discussions about design in general flawed, muddled and unproductive. We will use this chapter to put words to our understanding of what design is, and thus steer clear of this trap.

      Architecture is a major that combines education and industry during the university years of study. For this it needs a different approach of teaching.  There is a process one must undergo to achieve the learning outcomes and the objectives of their courses.

It starts with an issue based learning, defined as the main problem, and this problem will be solved through systematic research and analysis we have five types of architecture design process. These types are “Linear, divisions, centralized, cycle and investigations” there are specific techniques and approaches to generate concept designs. The elements to deal with are site analysis, project brief, building analysis, user analysis, space and data requirements, the design itself. Finally the idea and the solution for the main problem.

 

The main difficulty in understanding design is its wide range of variety for this there is no single way of looking at it without missing some aspects of it, as it is mostly results of points of view and one's understanding of design. For this exact reason teaching design requires a lot of details and delicacy. 


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All Years 2016 - 2017

Name :  History Of ¬†architecture I
Code :  ARCH 225
Grade :  2
Year :  2016 - 2017
NOS :  44 students
Name :  City Planning
Code :  ARCH 324
Grade :  3
Year :  2016 - 2017
NOS :  54 students
Name :  Princibles Of ¬†planning I
Code :  ARCH 322
Grade :  3
Year :  2016 - 2017
NOS :  53 students
Name :  Architectural Design Iii
Code :  ARCH 311
Grade :  3
Year :  2016 - 2017
NOS :  53 students
Name :  Interior Design
Code :  ARCH 412
Grade :  4
Year :  2016 - 2017
NOS :  46 students

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