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Shafik I. Rifaat, FAICP, AIA

Shafik Rifaat founded the Urban Design Master's Program at the University of Houston Gerald  D. Hines College of Architecture & Design in 1974. Under Rifaat's guidance, the program has grown into a nationally recognized leader in Urban Design education. Today, the program serves more than 300 graduate students each year and in 2015 the program's entry won first place at the Venice Biennale, thus placing the school on the international stage. He created the College's Urban Design Environmental Center. The center enabled Professor Rifaat to engage his students in community service projects while earning funding for scholarships and publishing.

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