Dr Hanan Taleb

Dr Hanan Taleb

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering
She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Cardiff, UK. She holds a PhD in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is also interested in the area of Education, and recently obtained an MSc in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester, UK.

Contact details

+971 4 279 1400 Ext: 449
+971 4 279 1490

She always tries to link the academia with practitioner fields and provides sustainable consultation to Atkins and many local architectural firms. She collaborated with world-class researchers in the UK and Europe. Dr Hanan has previously worked at both academia and industry. The latter includes working with a team of architects in designing several residential and commercial projects in Saudi Arabia. She has recently undertaken formal training in sustainability assessment tools including LEED and BREEAM, as well as various energy simulation software packages. In addition, she is an active member of several professional institutions including the American Institute of Architects.


Degree / Professional Qualification's

  • PhD in Sustainable Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK    
  • M.Arch in Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK    
  • MA in Interior Design, Bournemouth University, UK    
  • MSc in Educational Leadership, University of Leicester, UK    
  • BA in Architecture, Dar Al Hekma University, Saudi Arabia    



Journal Articles:

Taleb, H., M. (2015). Natural Ventilation as Energy Efficient Solution for Achieving Low-Energy Houses in Dubai, Energy and Buildings, vol.99, pp. 284-291.

Taleb, H., M., & Musleh, M., A. (2014). Applying Urban Parametric Design optimization process to a hot climate: Case Study of UAE. Sustainable Cities & Society, vol. 14 (2), pp. 236–253.

Taleb, H., M. (2014). Monitoring Energy Reduction through Applying Green Roofs to Residential Buildings in Dubai. International Journal of Sustainable Design,vol. 2 (3),  pp. 229–243.

Taleb, H., M. & Taleb, D. (2014). Enhancing the Thermal Comfort on Urban Level in a Desert Area: Case Study of Dubai. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening Journal,vol. 13 (2), pp. 253–260.

Taleb, H., M. (2014). Using passive cooling strategies to improve thermal performance and reduce energy consumption of residential buildings in U.A.E. buildings. Frontier of Architectural Research Journal, vol. 3 (2), pp. 154–165.

Taleb, H. (2014).The potential for launching a postgraduate course on Sustainable Energy in Saudi Arabia. Curriculum Journal, vol. 25 (3), pp. 432-458.

Taleb, H., M. & Al-Saleh, Y. (2014). Achieving Energy Saving by Enhancing the Water Heating practices in the ResidentialBuildings of UAE. International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, vol. 9 (2), pp. 35–51.

Taleb, H., M., Y. (2014). The Potential for Integrating a Distance-Learning Initiative into the Curriculum of a Saudi Female Private College. Journal of Modern Education Review, vol. 4 (4), pp. 282–298.

Ghazal-Aswad, N., Al-Saleh, Y., M., & Taleb, H. (2012). Clean energy awareness campaigns in the UAE: an awareness promoters perspective. International Journal of Innovation and Knowledge Management in MENA, vol. 2 (2), pp. 131-156.

Taleb, H., M. (2011). Gender and leadership styles in single-sex academic institutions. International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 24 (4), pp. 287-302.

Al-Saleh, Y., M.,& Taleb, H., M. (2010). The integration of sustainability within value management practices: a study of experienced value managers in the GCC countries. Project Management Journal, vol. 41 (2), pp. 50-59.

Taleb, H., M., & Al-Saleh, Y., M. (2010). Evaluating economic and environmental benefits of integrating solar technologies within future residential buildings in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, vol. 4 (1), pp. 18-25.

Taleb, H., M., & Sharples, S. (2010). Developing sustainable residential buildings in Saudi Arabia: a case study. Applied Energy, vol. 88 (1), pp. 383-391.

Taleb, H., M. (2009). Barriers hindering the utilisation of geothermal energy in Saudi Arabia. Energy for Sustainable Development, vol. 13 (3), pp. 183-188.

Taleb, H., M., & Pitts, A., C. (2009). The potential to exploit use of building-integrated photovoltaics in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Renewable Energy, vol. 34 (4), pp. 1092-1099.



Conference Papers:

Taleb, H. (2015). Natural Ventilation as Energy Efficient Solution for Achieving Low-Energy Houses in Dubai. International Research Conference on Science, Management and Engineering. Dubai, UAE. 28-29 January.

Alkhateeb, E., Taleb, H., & Altan, H. (2014). Optimizing Efficiency of Building Envelope as an Effective Strategy for Passive Design in Hot Climate. The Sustainable Energy and Environment Protection (SEEP 14). Dubai, UAE. 21-23 November.

Jaheen, N., & Taleb, H. (2014). Pine Cone from Nature to Construction: Inspired Design Strategies for a Sustainable Roof. International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ICAACE'14). Dubai, UAE. 25-26 December.

Tachouali, D., & Taleb, H. (2014). Flamingo Strategies in Approaching Sustainable Design in Built Environment: Case Study in Dubai. International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ICAACE'14). Dubai, UAE. 25-26 December.

Taleb, H. (2013). The potential for integrating a distance-learning intuitive into the curriculum of a Saudi Female Private College. International Conference on Quality of Higher Education. Sakarya, Turkey. 12-14 December.

Al-Saffar, M., & Taleb, H. (2013). An assessment of office building indoor environment performance by using the post occupancy evaluation tool: with reference to LEED certified office buildings in UAE. In SB13. Dubai, UAE. 8-11 December.

Taleb, H. (2013). Applying Energy Efficient Water Heating Practices to the Residential Buildings of the United Arab Emirates. On suitability conference. Hiroshima, Japan. 23-25 January.

 Ghazal-Aswad, N., Al-Saleh, Y., & Taleb, H. (2012). Clean energy awareness campaigns in the UAE: an awareness promoters perspective. In Gulf Research Meeting - The Political Economy of Clean Energy Solutions in the GCC. Cambridge, UK. 11-14 July.

Taleb, D., & Taleb, H., M. (2012). Urbanizing the deserts of Dubai: an outdoor thermal comfort case study of Dubai International Academic City, UAE. Sustainable City 2012. UAE. May 7-9.

Taleb, H., M., & Sharples, S. (2010). Applying energy conservation measures within residential buildings of Saudi Arabia: a scoping study of two case buildings. International Conference on Applied Energy. Singapore. 21-23 April.

Taleb, H., M., Sharif, A., & Sanduk, M. (2010). The role of date palm tree in addressing soil salinity and global warming. Fourth International Date Palm Conference. Abu Dhabi, UAE. 15-17 March.

Taleb, H., M. (2010). Towards sustainable buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Technology & Sustainability in the Built Environment. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 3-6 January.

Taleb, H., M. (2009). An investigation into the barriers impeding the development of geothermal potential in Saudi Arabia. International Conference and Exhibition on Green Energy & Sustainability for Arid Region & Mediterranean Countries. Amman, Jordan. 10-12 November.

Al-Saleh, Y., M., & Taleb, H., M. (2009). Renewable energy options in Saudi Arabia: The economic viability of solar photovoltaics within the residential sector. Fourth International Conference on Energy and Environment. Cambridge, UK. 24-26 February.

Taleb, H., M. (2008). The viability of using solar photovoltaic technology at the buildings of Gulf Cooperation Council. Fifth Congress of Scientific Research Outlook & Technology Development in the Arab World. Fez, Morrocco. 25-30 October.

Al-Saleh, Y. & Taleb, H., M. (2008). Delivering sustainable construction through value engineering in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Role of Engineering towards a Better Environment Conference. Alexandria, Egypt. 20-22 December.



  • Passive Design
  • Climate and Comfort
  • Skin and Spaces
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Sustainable Interior Design
  • Giving lectures in Research methods in Faculty of Education



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