Cherif Amor

Chair of Interior Design

Contact

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Education

  • PhD University of Missouri Columbia, USA
  • M.Phil University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
  • ESL, College of Saint John and Saint Mark, Plymouth, UK
  • B.Arch Institute of Architecture, Algeria

Biography

Cherif Amor joined Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar in 2013 to serve as the chair of the Department of Interior Design. He formerly served consecutively as the director of the Interior and Environmental Design graduate program and chair of the Department of Design, Texas Tech University. He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Design with a specialization in the “semantics of the built environment”, from the University of Missouri Columbia (2000). While assuming more than ten years of administrative and professional responsibilities, Cherif’s research activities evidence sustainable growth in independent and collaborative research initiatives, having partnered heavily with academic institutions and design firms that resulted in a diversity of funded research, publications, and presentations. Research interests focus on neuro-imaging and the built environment, evidence-based design, sustainability, and the interaction between culture and the built environment. Cherif serves as a reviewer of several design journals/publications. He also serves as a site visitor for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and as the chair of the interior design network within the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). Furthermore, Cherif serves as a curriculum review consultant for the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) and as curricula design consultant for Middle East Design Colleges. He formerly served as the Director of Education for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Texas/Oklahoma Chapter. During the last five years, Cherif has been the recipient and nominee of fifteen teaching, research, and service awards/recognitions. 

Full CV (PDF)    Design Portfolio (PDF / 9MB)

Research Interests

Neuro-imaging and the built environment; evidence-based design; sustainability; and interaction of culture and the built environment.

Publications

Journal Publications/Book Chapters 

  1. Pati, Debajyoti, P. Freier, Michael O’Boyle, Cherif Amor, and Shabboo Valipoor. “The Impact of Simulated Nature on Patient Outcomes: A Study of Photographic Sky Compositions.” Health Environments Research & Design Journal 8, no. 2 (2015): 1-16.
  2. Amor, Cherif. “Neuroscience, Architecture, and Design: Emergence of New Frontiers.Glam Interiors and Design, August 20, 2015, 47-49. 
  3. Ji, Emma Y., and Cherif Amor. “Bridging the Gap between Sustainable Design Education and Application.” The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice 8, no. 3,4 (2015): 15-38. 
  4. Amor, Cherif. “Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies: When Cultural Norms Define New Forms.Glam Interiors and Design, October 20, 2015, 67-68. 
  5. Alansari, Ahmad, Robin Wagner, and Cherif Amor. “Toward Sustainable Interior Design Education in Kuwait.” The International Journal of Design Education 9, no. 4 (2015): 7-18. 
  6. Amor, Cherif. “From Environment Behavior (EB) to Environment Behavior and Neuroscience (EBN): Are We Progressing?” EDRA Connections Publication 2, no. 1 (2014): 10-11. 
  7. Amor, Cherif. “The Impact of Collaboration Pedagogy on Design Concepts and Creativity.” The International Journal of Design Education 8, no. 2 (2014): 37-50. 
  8. Gaines, Kristi S., Zane Curry, JoAnn Shroyer, Cherif Amor, and Robin H. Lock. “The perceived effects of visual design and features on students with autism spectrum disorder.” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 31, no. 4 (2014): 282-298.
  9. Pati, Debajyoti, Michael O’Boyle, Cherif Amor, Jiancheng Hou, Shabboo Valipoor, and Dan Feng. “Neural Correlates of Nature Stimuli: An fMRI Study.” Health Environments Research & Design Journal 7, no. 2 (2014): 9-28. 
  10. Ghamari, Hessam, and Cherif Amor. “Architectural Requirements for Improving Social Interactions in Subway Stations: An Evidence-Based Design Approach.” Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture 77, no. 4 (2014): 430-438. 
  11. Ghamari, Hessam, and Cherif Amor. “The Impact of Color on the HealthCare Environment: A Growing Body of Evidence-Based Design.” The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design.
  12. Obeidat, Asem M., and Cherif Amor. “Interior Design Students’ Attitudes toward Distance Education.” The International Journal of Humanities Education 10, no. 2 (2013): 1-10.
  13. Amor, Cherif. “Non-western Design.” In Diversity in Design: Perspectives from the Non-Western World, edited by Vibhavari Jani, 194-250. New York: Fairchild Books, 2011. 
  14. Jani, Vibhavari, Cherif Amor, and Abimbola Asojo. “Exploring Privacy from an Environmental Behavioral Perspective.” The International Journal of Design Principles and Practices 4, no. 5 (2010): 91-98. 
  15. Asojo, Abimbola, Cherif Amor, Vibhavari Jani. “An Instructional Design on Yoruba, Gujarati and Algerian Spaces.” The International Journal of Design Principles and Practices 4, no. 3 (2010): 63-82. 
  16. Amor, Cherif. Book Review of Return to the Center: Culture, Public Space, and City Building in a Global Era, by Lawrence A. Herzog. Austin University of Texas Press. Journal of Architectural Planning and Research 26, no. 3 (2009): 268-270.
  17. Amor, Cherif. “Deciphering the Built Form: Arab American Home Environment in the U.S.” Journal of Architecture Planning and Research 25, no. 1 (2008): 7-22. 
  18. Amor, Cherif. “Immigrants’ Home Interiors in the U.S.: Meanings, Uses, and Communication.” Journal of Interior Design 32, no. 1 (2006): 1-16. 
  19. Amor, Cherif. “My house my shield: considering the needs of Muslim immigrants in home design.” Vistas, (2005): 30-31. 
  20. Amor, Cherif. “Collaboration between Colleges provides unique course for students at Texas Tech University.” International Center for Arid and Semi Arid Land Studies (ICASALS), ICASALS Biannual Publication 34, no. 1 (2003). 

Refereed Publications (Conference Proceedings)

2016

  1. Amor, C. & Woolley K. “Lighting Considerations in Healthcare Applications: An Extrapolation from Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) Guidelines.” Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Conference, 265-270.
  2. Amor, C. & and ElSotouhy, A. “Neuroscience and Interior Architecture: Impact on Autism”. Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference (ARC’16) Qscience Proceedings.
  3. Amor, C. & Mangera, A. “From Deconstructivism to Post-Deconstructivism: A Culture Evidence-Based Design Approach.” 47th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA47), 187-88.
  4. Amor, C. & Vibhavari,J. “Sustainability between Design and Behavioral Considerations: A Non-Western Approach.” 47th Annual Conference of the Curriculum Vitae: 5/31/2016 Page 12 Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA47), 296-97. 

2015

  1. Amor, Cherif, and Gerard Moeller. “Autism, Lighting, and Neuroscience: Impact of Neural Data on the Future of Architecture and Design.” 46th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA46), 188.
  2. Amor, Cherif. “Impact of Neuroscience on the Generation of Salutogenic Environments.” 11th World Congress & Exhibition of the International Academy for Design and Health (IADH), 82. 
  3. Almahmoud, Shaikha, and Cherif Amor. “Symbiosis between Traditional forms and Contemporary Aspirations: The Qatari Majlis Metamorphosis.” (Poster) 46th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA46), 271. 
  4. Jobran, Fatma, Kristi Gaines, and Cherif Amor. “The Importance of Creating Sustainable Places of Respite in Saudi Arabia Hospitals.” 46th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA46), 174-175.
  5. Amor, Cherif, Michael O’Boyle, Debajyoti Pati, Duy Pham, and Jiancheng Hou. “Use of Neuroscience in Interior Design: Impact of Lighting Color Temperature on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Subjects.” Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Conference, 265-270.
  6. Obeidat, Islam M., and Cherif Amor. “Learning and applying sustainability principles is a challenging educational task.” QScience Proceedings, Qatar Green Building Conference 2015-The Vision

2014

  1. Amor, C., Oboyle, M., Pati, D., Pham, D., & Hou, J. (2014). Use of Neuroscience in Design: Comparative Analysis of Neural and Behavioral Data Outcomes for ADHD Populations. Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Conference.
  2. Amor, C. & Woolley K. (2014). Culture-Based Design Education: Symbiosis between Design, Culture, and Semantics. Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Conference.
  3. Pati, D., O'Boyle, M., Amor, C., Hou, J., Valipoor, S., & Fang, D. (2014). Neural correlates of nature stimuli: An fMRI study. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 7(2), 9-28.
  4. Amor, C. Correlation between Design Concepts and Creativity, 8th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Conference Proceedings. Vancouver, Canada.
  5. Ghemari, H., & Amor, C. (2014). Architectural Requirements for Improving Social Interactions in Subway Stations: An Evidence-Based Design Approach.  Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 77(4), 430-38.
  6. Jobran, F. & Amor, C. (2014). An Overview of Traditional and Modern Built Forms: The Influence of Modernization in Saudi Arabia and its Consequences. Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Conference.
  7. Alansari, A. & Amor, C. (2014). Wayfinding Implementations: An Evidence-Based Design Approach to a School Building (Poster). Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Conference.
  8. Jobran, F. & Amor, C. (2014). The Effects of Modernization and Sustainability on Saudi Arabian Built Forms  (Poster). Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Conference.
  9. Gharaveis, A. & Amor, C. (2014). Reduction of Staff Stress Levels by Lighting Design in Healthcare Facilities  (Poster). Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Conference.

2013

  1. Amor, Cherif, O’Boyle, Michael, and Pati Debajoyoti. Architecture, Interior Design, and     Neuroimaging: An Evidence Based Approach. Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference, Doha Qatar.
  2. Asem, Obeidat and Cherif Amor (2013). Interior design student’s attitudes toward   distance education. The International Journal of Humanities Education, 10(2), 1-10.
  3. Amor, Cherif, Pati, Debjyoti and O’Boyle, Michael. Interior Architecture and Neuro Imaging: Adding to the Body of Knowledge? International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICAH), pp. 1470-75 Honolulu, Hawaii.
  4. Amor, Cherif. Lighting Design Strategies Using an Evidence-Based Design Approach Environment Design Research Association, pp. 278-79. Providence, Rhode Island.
  5. Pati, D.ebajyoti, Cherif Amor, and O’Boyle, Michael. Neuroimaging and interior Design: Symbiosis between Design and Brain Mapping, Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) pp. 445-449. Indianapolis, Indiana.
  6. Ghraveis, A. & Amor, C. The Impact of Lighting Design on Staff Stress in Healthcare Environments: An Evidence-Based Design Approach. IDEC Regional Conference, Norman, Oklahoma.
  7. Pati, D.ebajyoti, Cherif Amor and O’Boyle, Michael. Exploring Neural Correlates of the Sky View: A Neuroimaging Study Environment Design Research Association pp. 267-68 Providence, Rhode Island.
  8. Duy Pham & Cherif Amor. Lighting Considerations: An Evidence-Based Design Approach Applying for Waiting Area in Healthcare Setting. International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICAH) Honolulu, Hawaii January 11—14.
  9. Duy Pham & Cherif Amor. Environmental Symbology: Explanation and Application in Virtual Society Research. International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICAH). Honolulu, Hawaii January 11—14.
  10. Islam Obeidat & Cherif Amor. Environmental Communication: The Role Of Color In Wayfinding In The Built Environment.  International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICAH). Honolulu, Hawaii January 11—14.
  11. Marwa Abdelmonem & Cherif Amor. Lighting impacts on aging-in-place. International Conference Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 44). Providence, Rhode Island, May 29 – June 1.
  12. Hessam Ghamari & Cherif Amor. The Impact of Color on Healthcare Environments: A growing body of evidence-based design. Design Principles and Practices Journal/Conference. Chiba, Japan.
  13. Hessam Ghamari & Cherif Amor. Lightning Design Considerations from Evidence Based Design Perspective in Emergency Department. International Conference Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC)Indianapolis, Indiana, February 17 – 19.
  14. Hessam Ghamari, Gharveis, A., & Cherif Amor. Evolution in the Correlation of Iranian Introverted Residential Architecture with the Surroundings Environment. International Conference Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 44). Providence, Rhode Island, May 29 – June 1.
  15. Hessam Ghamari & Cherif Amor. The Impact of Color on Healthcare Environments: A growing body of evidence-based design (submitted). International Conference Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 44)Providence, Rhode Island, May 29 – June 1.
  16. Hessam Ghamari & Cherif Amor. Lightning Design Considerations from Evidence Based Design Perspective in Emergency Department. International Conference Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 44) Providence, Rhode Island, May 29 – June 1.
  17. Islam Obeidat & Cherif Amor.  Behavior function and energy efficiency in residential lighting. International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICAH) Honolulu, Hawaii January 11—14.
  18. Islam Obeidat & Cherif Amor. The Impact Of Lighting On Guests Perception: Symbiosis Between Hospitality And Sustainability In Interior Design. International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICAH) Honolulu, Hawaii January 11—14.
  19. Haitham El-Hammali & Cherif Amor. Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Interior & Environmental Design Education: A Correlation between BIM, & Sustainability. International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICAH). Honolulu, Hawaii January 11—14.
  20. Haitham El-Hammali & Cherif Amor. Design for Privacy Considerations in the Libyan Culture. International Conference on Arts and Humanities (ICAH)Honolulu, Hawaii January 11—14.

Funded Research Projects and Grants

2016

Principal Investigator
Biological Clock, Circadian Rhythm, and Impact of Lighting on Stress and Productivity. Sponsor: The SkyFactory (TSF) 
Collaboration with Qatar Foundation Capital Projects, VCU-Q, and The SkyFactory.

2015

Commission/Consultantship 
Review of the Department of Interior Design Curriculum 
College of Architecture Engineering and Design 

2014-15

Principal Investigator
Facutly Reseach Grant
“Autism, Lighting, and Neuroscience: A Comparative Analysis of Neural and Behavior Outcomes”. Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (funded) 

2014

Principal Investigator
Presidential Research Quest Fund.
Neuroscience, Design, and Autism: Impact of CCT (Submitted).

2013-14

Principal Investigator
Faculty Research Grant
“Impact of Fluorescent Lighting Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) on Neurodiverse Populations: A Comparative Analysis of Neural and Behavior Outcomes”.
Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (funded).

2013-14

Principal Investigator
“Impact of Fluorescent Lighting Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) on Neurodiverse Populations: A Comparative Analysis of Neural and Behavior Outcomes”.
Texas Tech University—College of Human Sciences (funded).

2012

Investigator/Reviewer: Department of  Design Curricculum
Curriculum Prince Mohamed University Saudi Arabia
Texas International Education Consortium (funded).

2011-14

Co-Investigator--Examining the Physiological, Behavioral and Neural Response
to Nature-Based Luminous Ceiling
Sky Factory—Private (funded).

2011

Co-Investigator--Shin, S. (Principal), Amor, C. (Co-Principal), "Fit assessment process using a 3D virtual," Sponsored by. (September 2011 - August 2012).
Academy Sports, Ltd, Private (funded).

Co-Investigator--Shin, S. (Principal), Amor, C. (Co-Principal),
"Fit assessment process using a 3D virtual," (June 2010 - August 2011).
Sponsored by Academy Sports, Ltd, Private (funded).

Honors

2016

EDRA International Reserch Conference Award 
Enviromental Design Reserarch Association Annual Conference  
Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17—22 

Best 10 Research Presentations out of 1300 Submissions  
In the Humanities Social Sciences and Arts Rubric 
Neuroscience and Interior Architecture: Impact on Autism 

Research Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award 
Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar  
Doha, Qatar, April 2016  

2015

Forum of Interior Design (FID) 
Certificate of Recognition—establishment of the forum and research presentation 
Msheireb Enhancement Center (MEC) Doha, Qatar, November 17. 

Qatar Green Building International Conference 2015 
Award Recognition—conference moderator and research presentation 
Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) Doha, Qatar, April 27-28. 

2014

Best 50 Research Presentations out of 1200 submissions 
Neurophysiological Biomarkers Informing Architecture and Design Qatar Foundation
Annual Research Conference, Doha Qatar, November 17-18. 

Recipient of the Best International Research Project 
Design and Health International Academy Award 
Research Entitled: “Neural correlates of nature stimuli: an fMRI study” Authors: Pati. D., O’Boyle, M., Amor, C., Hou, J, Valipoor, S., & Fang, D. Toronto, Canada, July 9-13. 

EDRAite of the Month
Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)
Featured in all EDRA’s social media platforms

Site Visitor--Recognition for Long-Standing Commitment
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013

Recipient of 3rd Place--Best Research in Arts and Humanities
Architecture, Design, and Neuroimaging: An Evidence Based Approach
Qatar Foundation—Annual Research Conference, Doha Qatar

Recipient of Distinguished Advisor
Certificate of Recognition
Saudi Student Association, Texas Tech University

2012

Study Abroad Scholarship Committee (SACS)
Certificate of Recognition
International Cultural Center, TTU

2011

Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program (Mentor Tech)
Certificate of Recognition
TTU Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement

Faculty Academic Contribution Exhibit
Honored Participant
Texas Tech University Libraries

2010

Recognition for Long-Standing Commitment
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Distinguished Service Award
IIDA TX/OK Chapter
International Interior Design Association (IIDA)