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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.
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