Dr. Jihad Awad is an associate professor of architecture, currently head of the architectural engineering department at Ajman University (UAE). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, M. Arch. from Kansas State University, USA, and B.Sc. from Yarmouk University, Jordan. Before 2004, he has taught at different Palestinian universities. He has published several papers and books: “Rural Houses of Palestine,” and “Top International Architects – Design Concepts in Architecture”.