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Name : Shatha Malhis

Academic Rank: Associate Professor

Administrative Position : Faculty Academic Member

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Specialization: ِArchitecture

Graduate Of: Oxford Brookes University - OXFORD. England






    Oxford Brookes University - OXFORD. England
    United Kingdom



Google Scholar Account: Shatha Malhis 

  • Book

      ELWAZANI, Salem; MAL, " Responsibilities and Opportunities in Architectural Conservation: Theory, education, and practice " , "Responsibilities and Opportunities in Architectural Conservation: Theory, education, and practice ",Vol.,No., CSAAR, Amman, Jordan, 11/01/2008

  • Journal Paper

      Shatha Malhis, " The new Upper-Middle Class Flat living experience of Jordan. " , "Architectural Science Review",Vol.Vol 51.1. ,No., Architectural Science Review, Australia, 04/12/2008

      Shatha Malhis, " Local identity of modern Amman – Jordan: a perceptual approach towards identifying inter-subjective and shared architectural schemata. " , "Urban Design International ",Vol.Vol. 9. ,No., , Oxford, England, 01/01/2004

      Shatha Malhis, " The multiplicity of built form manifestations: situating the domestic form within interwoven syntactic and semiotic domain. " , "Proceedings of the Fourth International Space Syntax Conference. ",Vol.,No., The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies – University College London, London, England, 01/01/2003

      Shatha Malhis, " Narratives in Mamluk architecture: Spatial and perceptual analyses of the madrassas and their mausoleums " , "Frontiers of Architectural Research",Vol.,No., Elsevier, , 03/01/2016 Abstract:
      Mamluk sultans were known for their patronage of the arts and architecture. Their educational institutions were among the wide array of architectural projects that linked them as ruling elites to the religious scholars of their times. Their tombs were placed in a mausoleum attached to their educatio

      Shatha Malhis and Fatima Al-Nammari , " INTERACTION BETWEEN INTERNAL STRUCTURE AND ADAPTIVE USE OF TRADITIONAL BUILDINGS: ANALYZING THE HERITAGE MUSEUM OF ABU-JABER, JORDAN " , "Archnet-IJAR (International Journal of Architectural Research), Volume 9 - Issue 2 ",Vol.,No., Massachusetts Institute of Technology)MIT) , , 07/01/2015 Abstract:
      This paper analyses the three-floor gallery plans of the Abu-Jaber Museum that correspond to the two stages in the evolution of the Abu-Jaber House: 1880, when it was originally constructed to house the families of three affluent brothers; and 2007, when it was rehabilitated into a local heritage mu

      Shatha Malhis , " The Spatial Logic of Mamluk Madrassas: Readings in the Geometric and Genotypical Compositions " , "Nexus Network Journal",Vol.,No., Springer, , 07/01/2016 Abstract:
      This paper looks at the spatial development of Mamluks’ educational buildings (madrassas) throughout the Bahri and Burji periods (1260–1517 A.D.). The lines of inquiry aim at investigating diachronically the degree by which madrassas can demonstrate the idea of a single configurationally dominant ge

      Shatha Malhis, Amer Al-Jokhadar and Neamat Al-Dissi, " Curation, morphology and encounter: the Jordanian Royal Tank Museum (RTM) " , "Musem Management and Curatorship ",Vol.It is on line at the moment,No., Taylor and Francis, UK, 03/19/2021 Abstract:
      This research traces the architectural spatial and curatorial intentions of (RTM) in Jordan, focusing on the arrangement of the displays and the morphology of the layout as pedagogical tools for unfolding the narrative. A case study approach was taken, with three modes of inspection: (1) a surve Download

  • Chapter in a Book

      Shatha Malhis, " The Question of Design Background that Operates Largely Below Consciousness: The Case of Amman. " , "Environment, Health and Sustainable Development (The IAPS series book). ",Vol.,No., Hogrefe and Huber, Germany, 01/01/2009 Abstract:
      Amman is the extreme example of a town growing in less than 100 years into a major city. From a 2.5 km2 town in the 1940s, it has grown into a 786 km2 city in the year 2005. Its current built environment presents a unique variety of forms with formal features that differ radically from its predecessors. To comprehend Amman’s architecture, the picture is looked at through the eyes of its designers. Since architecture can be experienced collectively and individually by groups, then each person’s reaction to a building might differ from that of another. Accordingly, the way in which the different sub-groups of Amman’s architects perceive their city and the factors that compose their logic are investigated. A brief resume, which positions architects in terms of their vision in the context of the city, is presented, and then a speculative discussion, which locates the seeds which generated the varieties, is created.

      Shatha Malhis, " The creation of people’s lifestyle expectations: advertising new mega-scale projects. " , "Instant Cities: Emergent trends in architecture and Urbanism in the Arab world",Vol.,No., CSAAR, Jordan, Sharja, UEA , 02/01/2008

  • Conference paper

      Shatha Malhis, " A Delicate Balancing Spatial and Urban Institutional Metaphor: Mamluk Madaress " , "The proceedings of the ISUF2011 New Researchers' Forum.",Vol.,No., , Montreal, Canada, 08/01/2011 Abstract:
      Mamluk Empire was a great patron of art and architecture, their monuments came to represent the paradigm of Islamic architecture for subsequent generations. This paper looks at the architectural development of the educational buildings (Madaress) of the Mamluks in Egypt and Syria throughout both Mamluk Bahri (1260-1382AD) and Later Mamluk Burji(1382-1517 AD) periods. The investigation operates within the hypothesis that Madaress architecture is not merely an architecture that represents a certain era or location, but a social-cultural manifesto, whose content was dictated by the period’s social and religious needs .In this paper, Madaress architectural language is defined by tracing its evolution in light of the spatial needs that fueled its development. A representative sample of a wide group of educational buildings (Madaress) located in different sections of the empire and built within different contextual and architectural purposes, is reviewed. These examples epitomized the architecture of the period and indicated the different factors that had role in shaping the physical and spatial character of those institutions.

      Shatha Malhis, " The Aesthetic Appreciation of Forms in a continuously developing Region: Identification and interpretation. " , "The proceedings of the 40th Edra Annual Meeting of the Environmental Design Research Association.",Vol.,No., EDRA, City, Missouri, USA., 05/31/2009 Abstract:
      Whereas the Jordanian local architecture of the 19th and mid 20th centuries has long represented the cherished inheritance of regional cultural roots and modern architecture, the giant steps in the last two decades to set pace with the world and join globalization were viewed by many as testimonies of years of cultural submission to international and foreign models. Despite many studies, which documented the nature of architecture that systematically wiped out townscape, the symbolic meanings, the current environment communicates to the public, have not deserved any systematic study. Guided by the belief that architectural perception is developed in accordance with the accumulation of knowledge generated by socio-cultural behavior, a comparative environmental experience research is supposed to reveal traces of continuity and/or change in people’s aesthetic appreciation and reflect their reactions to the current change. A study to examine the connotative meanings laypeople and architects infer from various design trends overtime, and the variability of those meanings with socio-demographic characteristics, is expected to clarify myths of legitimacy surrounding new trends and illuminate the extent of global influence over Jordanian and regional architecture. As the subject of this paper is the interaction between people and forms, the paper tries to understand systematically this dual relationship. By relating inquiries to the work of a group of researchers who focused on environmental aesthetics paradigms (Canter, 1977, 1993; Nasar, 1992; Groat, 1992; Berleant, 2004), the paper maps the topics that control the logic of the people as far as their environment is concerned. It tries to search for a socially based vocabulary that could enable the built environment to be read by the groups. To this end, and as part of a broad investigation of the continuous evolution of the architecture in Amman (Malhis, 2008), two experiments were designed in order to assess certain aspects of people’s environmental experience towards examples of local, popular, modern, late modern, and fashionable projects. While experiment 1 took place in the year 2002, and involved a diverse sample of 22 architects and 40 adults in Amman, experiment 2 took place in the year 2008. It involved the same number of architects and 80% of the earlier adult interviewees of the year 2002, who were available and agreed to participate again and to answer the same/modified questions. Tasks involved rank ordering of certain designs in terms of desirability, and recording feelings on bi-polar scales. The relationship between the different measures of affective experience, as well as how this relationship was altered by examples from different chronological periods was of interest. Also investigated were the similarities and differences in people’s chronological aesthetic and environmentalresponse profiles. These similarities and differences at the different stages were related to the cultural/chronological origin of the investigated examples. The research has shown that while the judgments of some trends remained stable, change and even reversal were noticed in the judgments of others.

      Shatha Malhis, " The visual perception of the façade that might activate the universe of the signified in viewers’ minds. " , "Proceedings of the Fifth Sustainable Urban Environments Conference,",Vol.,No., , Oxford, England, 01/01/2002

  • Doctoral Dissertation

      Shatha Malhis, " Constructing the semiotic and syntactic structures of forms " , "",Vol.,No., , Oxford, England, 04/01/2001
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