Search type

Planning and Environmental Management

May Abdelhakeem Abdelghaffar Aly Newisar

Previous education / experience

  • RIBA Part 1 Certificate in Architecture
  • RIBA Part 2 Certificate in Architecture
  • Masters of science in urban conservation at Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport- Egypt- Alexandria
  • Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering and Environmental design at Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport- Egypt- Alexandria
  • Worked as Teacher assistant for 8 years at Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport, Pharos University in Alexandria- Egypt

Thesis title

A conceptual model for Tourist destination management through social and spatial patterns.


Research details

Public open spaces of heritage sites are memorable for their enduring qualities. They have always been important places where intangible heritage values linked to collective identities. They are shown as a continuous process; an aggregate of parts designed in different eras, of accumulation overlays which in return act as a promotion product for tourism industry. Tourism and sustainable socio-cultural development and creative industries are strategic outlets for income generation and poverty reduction which maximising jobs and trade opportunities.

In Egypt, tourism industry is very important to the economy and is identified as one of the major sources of economic growth. Unfortunately heritage sites are high complex dynamic areas which are in constant process of transformation produced by the requirements of people. This is due to the current urban planning systems in most cases fail to recognize and protect intangible aspects of heritage in addition to the decision makers who are given the institutional power to restructure the social forms according to its interest and values that lead to the vanishing of public open spaces’ image in heritage sites.

The main aim of this research is to build a Model that analyses different behaviour of users moving in public open spaces of heritage sites. In order to extract different patterns of movement, gathering points and main focal attractions which will help in concluding a set of design guidelines for public open spaces in heritage sites according to the user’s perspectives. To identify place attractiveness as feature characteristic for heritage sites as touristic destination to increase the economic drivers of a community.

To achieve the previously mentioned aims, the research will apply space syntax model to provide an understanding of tourists’ movement and gatherings at heritage sites. This research provides a visualized and quantitative approach to the field of tourist management via the application of Geographic Information System (GIS) to urban morphological features, tourist preference through observation, interviews then analysing the relevant examples to achieve a framework to be applied on the case study.

Research interests

  • Urban Design
  • Urban Conservation
  • Spatial analysis
  • Social Interaction
  • Sustainable Urban Development