Portsmouth School of Architecture


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Dr Tarek Teba

  • Qualifications: PhD, PG. Dip. (Arch), BA (Hons), FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2902
  • Email: tarek.teba@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth School of Architecture
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I joined Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer in 2016 following 3 years of teaching part-time at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and I have a Doctorate in Architecture, awarded by the University of Edinburgh 2016.

My thesis focuses on strategies for the understanding of the architectural values of the early historic sites and their conservation. I also obtained a Master’s degree in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh 2011. I graduated with a BA (Hons) from the School of Architecture, Al-Baath University, Syria in 2005, followed by a Diploma in Architectural Design in 2007.

Before commencing my PG studies in the UK, I was involved in teaching as a design teaching fellow between 2006 and 2010 at the School of Architecture, Al-Baath University, Homs, Syria. In addition, I practiced architecture during the same period through my own Practice and the local city council.

Teaching Responsibilities

BA1 Architecture

  • Architectural Technology:  Introduction

BA2 Architecture

  • Design Studio
  • Architectural Technology: Exploration

BA3 Architecture

  • Architectural Technology: Integration
  • Dissertation Tutor


Historic structures bear valuable knowledge of place, being authentic as their architecture is frozen, but their tangible and intangible significance is detached from contemporary debates. Therefore, my research line focuses on setting a conservation framework to enhance the understanding of historic structures, landscape and ruins and their cultural values, and eventually contribute to their preservation, presentation and community engagement. This multidisciplinary framework is based upon critical analysis of the site/building’s history, architecture and archaeology.

I am interested in using virtual-modelling approaches that allows re-appraising of the conservation framework and the original architectural experience in its environmental and cultural conditions. These approaches produce substantial material sufficient to engage local people, visitors, academics, conservation specialists and professional bodies and ensure obtaining constructive feedback on the conservation proposal from them. Grasping the intrinsic values that the community and other professional groups assign to historic sites/structures will facilitate the exploration of virtual and/or physical interventions and enhance their communication with the public, which as a result promotes the interpretation of the studied heritage.

Technology is key aspect in historic context too. Therefore, in addition to the above-mentioned research areas, I supervise students to carry out PhD research that covers building technologies, sustainability and environmental design aspects that is related to safeguard cultural and identity aspects within urban design and regeneration processes. This also covers revitalising and reinterpreting the use of traditional principles that were used in the construction of perfectly climate-responsive urban structures and use them in a culturally-accepted architectural and urban development. This helps to enhances the possibility of constructing urban space/social identity respectful of the autochthonous roots of the studied territory rather than relying merely on technologically advanced and contemporary principles.


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