Kheir Al-Kodmany

Professor of Urban Planning and Policy


Kheir Al-Kodmany; experts guide

Kheir Al-Kodmany

From city skyscrapers to suburban housing developments, projects are often designed with too little regard for their settings, according to Kheir Al-Kodmany, who specializes in sustainable urban design and spatial planning.

Al-Kodmany is the author over 100 articles and five books, including “Understanding Tall Buildings: A Theory of Placemaking” and “New Suburbanism: Sustainable Tall Building Development,” which examines the evolution of America’s suburbs; the social, economic and environmental impacts of continued low-rise suburban sprawl; and best practices for incorporating tall buildings in suburbs.

He offers an expansive assessment of tall buildings, their design, and their function in cities in “The Future of the City: Tall Buildings and Urban Design,” a book he co-authored following four years of world travel, research and documentation of tall buildings.

Overall, his research utilizes a variety of visualization techniques, such as geographic information systems, 3D modeling, virtual reality and web-based mapping.

As an expert in crowd management techniques, Al-Kodmany has consulted with the City of Chicago for the annual Taste of Chicago event and was part of a select team of urban planners and engineers invited by the Saudi government to reconfigure and expand the country’s existing infrastructure to accommodate about three million people who travel to Mecca for the annual pilgrimage known as Hajj.

Prior to joining the UIC faculty, he worked for the Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he participated in the design of buildings in Chicago and abroad.

Subject areas:

  • Crowd management
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial planning
  • Suburban development
  • Sustainability
  • Urban data visualization
  • Urban design
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