Kheir Al-Kodmany Ph.D.,
Kheir Al-Kodmany is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he teaches urban design and physical planning. Al-Kodmany served as a practicing architect for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago where he participated in the design of numerous buildings in Chicago, Europe and the Middle East. His academic research centers on understanding urban design and users' needs across cultures. His recent research focuses on the use of visualization tools to assist in identifying users' needs and preferences in public participation settings.
BA, BS, University of Damascus, Syria (1986); MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1989); PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (1995).
UPP508 Geographic Information Systems
UPP502 Planning Skills, Methods, and Computer Communication
UPP551 Advanced Methods in Physical Planning
Urban Data Visualization, GIS, Urban Design, Crowd Management, Community Planning
Al-Kodmany, K. (2011). “Tall Buildings, Design, and Technology: Visions for the Twenty-First Century City.” The Journal of Urban Technology, Vol. 18, No 3., pp. 113-138.
Al-Kodmany, K. (2011). “Placemaking by Tall Buildings.” The
International Journal of Urban Design. Advance online publication 14 September 2011, pp.1-18.
Al-Kodmany, K. (2011). “Planning for Safety: The Case of Stoning of the Devil in Hajj.” The Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. Vol. 28, No.1, pp. 28-44.
Al-Kodmany, K. (2010). “Eco-Iconic Skyscrapers: Review of New Design Approaches.” International Journal of Sustainable Design. Vol. 1, No. 3. pp-314-334.
Al-Kodmany, K. (2010). “Eco-Iconic Skyscrapers: Review of New Design Approaches.” International Journal of Sustainable Design. Vol. 1, No. 3.pp-314-334.
Al-Kodmany, K. (2009). “Political Power, Pragmatism, and GIS.” Journal of Urban Technology, Vol. 16, No. 1. August, pp. 4-45.
Al-Kodmany, K. (2009). “Politics, Governance, and GIS” in Handbook of Research on E-Planning: ICTs for Urban Development and Monitoring; A book edited by Carlos Nunes Silval. IGI Global Press, pp. 143-167.
“Creative Approaches for Augmenting Two-Way Spatial Communication and GIS,” in GIS Development, March 2007 Vol. 3, Issue 12, 2007.
“Engaging Citizens in Public Affairs: Online Applications;” in E-government and Planning: Key Citizen Participation Issues and Applications, Edited by Evans-Cowley, Jennifer Conroy, Maria Manta. John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy, pp 64-86, 2005.
“E-Public Participation: Communicating Planning and Design Graphically using Internet-based Maps.” In Planning Support Systems in Practice Edited by Geertman, S. & Stillwell, J. Springer Press, pp. 65-87, 2003.
“Web-based GIS Methods for Participatory Planning.” In Innovations in GIS, Edited by Gary Higgs. University of Glamorgan Press, pp. 69-93, 2002.
“Visualization Tools and Methods in Community Planning: From Freehand Sketches to Virtual Reality.” Journal of Planning Literature. Volume 17, No. 2, pp.189-211, 2002.
“Supporting Imageability on the World Wide Web (WWW): Lynch’s Five Elements of the City in Community Planning.” Journal of Planning and Environment B: Planning and Design. Vol. 28, pp. 805-832, 2001.
“Bridging the Gap between Technical and Local Knowledge: Tools for Promoting Community-Based Planning and Design.” Journal of Architecture and Planning Research. Vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 110-130, 2001.
“Extending Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Meet Neighborhood Planning Needs: The Case of Three Chicago Communities”. Journal of Urban and Regional Planning Systems. Vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 19-37.
“Using Web-Based Technologies and Geographic Information Systems in Community Planning.” Journal of Urban Technology. Vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1-30, 2000.
“Residential Visual Privacy: Traditional and Modern Architecture and Urban Design. Journal of Urban Design.” Vol. 4, no 3. pp. 283-311, 1999.
“A Case Study of Teaching an Urban Design Course on Two Campuses Simultaneously,” with George, V., Marks, A., Skach, J. ; Asynchronous Learning Network (ALN) Vol. 3, no 1, 1999.
Selected Recognition & Awards
- Fellowship, King Fahid Development Commission of Makkah, Madinah, and Mashai’r, Planning for Hajj and Crowd Management Project, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2004-2006.
- Ranked the seventh in number of publications of all U.S. planning faculty members over five years period, 1998-2003, a study conducted by the ACSP (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning).
- APA (American Planning Association) Honorable Mention Award, 2003.
- MECCA Community Service Award, December 2003.
Fellowship, UIC Great Cities Institutes, 2001-2002.
Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Award on learning technologies, 1997.
- The Outstanding Ph.D. Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, 1995.
- The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, 1995.
- A Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spring, 1991.
- Honorable Mention. The American Institute for Architectural Students AIAS. International Design Competition for the International Airport of Jaddah, Saudi Arabia, 1998.
- Ranked 4/163 students upon graduating from the Bachelor Program in Architecture and Engineering, 1986.
Room 237 (MC 348)