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Hussam Elkhrraz


Hussam ElKhrraz has been part of the Faculty at CUArch for the past 4 years, teaching core classes within the Technology and Media in Architecture and Interiors (TMAIN) Graduate Concentration. Born in Libya, Hussam received his first degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Engineering at university of Garyounis in Benghazi, Libya .where he also specialized in Architecture Visualization and digital tools, Upon graduation, he worked as a Design Architect and IT manager at Engineering Design Group, Design Architect at Libyan Technical Consultancy Co. and as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, both in Benghazi, Libya. After moving to the United States, Hussam obtained his Master’s Degree in Architecture from CUArch, where he earned multiple distinctions, including: the Henry Adam Certificate of Merit, the John Edward Dundin Memorial prize for excellence in thesis, the Technology in Design and Presentation, and the Thesis Culminating Discussions award.

Hussam joined the faculty at CUArch in 2011 and began teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate architectural courses in the field of Digital Studies, ranging from introductory classes in basic digital design principles to advanced classes in computer 3D modeling, rendering, animation, movie making and more. He quickly become a popular Instructor among the students for his knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm, particularly for digital media.

Hussam was recently selected as the IT Manager for the School of Architecture and Planning. In assuming this role his responsibilities increased to embrace the supervision and administration of the School’s digital facilities, tools and hardware, serving the entire Faculty, Undergraduate and Graduate community. This new position is particularly suited to Hussam’s talents and professional goals, as he sees the advancement of technology as an ever expanding opportunity to learn and stay on the crest of the wave in the digital realm. He maintains a high interest in exploring new technologies for architectural design and the tools governing its advancement.

In addition to his academic work, Hussam has also been active professionally: his experience has ranged from working in large firms, such as Giuliani Associates in Washington DC as a Digital Design Architect & Virtual Reality Manager, focusing on large scale buildings, as well as a Designer for residential projects and Freelancer for digital visualization work both in Libya and in the States.