Gisela Loehlein


Prof Gisela Loehlein has an extensive global experience in both academic and practice. Having worked on over 30 of the renowned projects that Dubai and its region is synonymous with. Dr. Gisela’s versatile nature and keen interest in cultures has expanded her portfolio across the Europe, Australasia and Middle East.
Working alongside the Ruler in the Emirates of Sharjah, UAE, as an advisor for the Government (2007-2009). Academically she has served a semi-government higher educational institution, first private of the region, Ajman University as an as Associate Professor (2010-17), whilst setting up the Institute of Built Environment at her Alma Mater, the British University in Dubai (2005-08) simultaneously working as well as their as program coordinator. She also served as a visiting professor at Malta University (2008).

At the American University of Sharjah, Dr. Gisela Loehlein served from 2002 to 2005 as Assistant Professor she is known for pioneering sustainability and research issues and as campus architect led the development of the digital fabrication lab.

She has also worked at Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand (1998-1999 + 2000-01). Trained as Architectural Engineer at Cardiff University (1995) she received a waiver by the Dean of Cambridge University for her Masters’ and proceeded straight with her PhD (2001) at Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University where she was awarded a double scholarship by the university on merit. She is currently Head of Department of Architecture at XJTLU.
  • Qualifications

    • B.Eng Hons, Architectural Engineering, Cardiff University, UK -1995
    • PhD , Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK, - 2001
  • Experience

    • Head of Architecture + Design, Professor in Architecture, XJTLU, Suzhou, China 2017- onwards
    • Associate Professor, Ajman University, UAE, 2011-2017
    • Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai, UAE, 2013
    • COO, Al Mur Group, Sheikh Mohammed Al Mur Mugren, Dubai, UAE
    • Directorate of Public Works, Sheikh Khaled bin Saqr Al Qassimi, UAE, 2007-2010
    • Institute of Built Environment, British University in Dubai, UAE, 2005-2008
    • Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2002-2005
    • Fraunhofer Research Institute for Trend Analysis, Euskirchen, 2000-2001
  • Research interests

    • Tectonics
    • Sustainability
    • Architectural Design
  • Teaching activities

    • Introduction to Design
    • Sustainability
    • Construction
    • Structural Design
    • Architectural Design Studio
  • Courses taught

    • ARC 112
    • ARC 111
    • ARC 204
    • ARC 404
    • ARC 001
  • Professional memberships

    • RIBA affiliated membership
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 8816 1785
  • Email
  • Address

    Architecture Department

    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park