Ikhlas Sabouni

Dr. Ikhlas Sabouni received a Master of Architecture degree and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas.  At Rice, she won the William Dunlap Darden Award in Architecture for the outstanding doctoral thesis.

Dr. Sabouni has been Dean and Professor at the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) in Prairie View, Texas from 1998 to the Present. She also served as the Associate Dean for the College of Engineering and Architecture from 1994 to 1998.  She began teaching as an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering & Architecture, PVAMU, Prairie View, Texas in 1989.

She has been awarded several teaching honors; The Texas Society of Architects Edward J. Romieniec, FAIA Award, The American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter Educator Award, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor, Prairie View A&M University Distinguished Professor, the Texas A&M University Systems Regents’ Professor, and the College of Engineering and Architecture Faculty of the Year three times, to mention a few.

Dr. Sabouni led the Architecture Program through four successful accreditations visits, since their first accreditation in 1992.  Most importantly, she transformed a very small unaccredited Department of Architecture to a well recognized autonomous School of Architecture.  Under her leadership, the School’s enrollment has increased four-fold in the last few years as well as the diversity of the students’ body in supporting Closing the Gap initiative.  She initiated new programs in Construction Science and Community Development. She also established two service and research centers in the School of Architecture; the Community Urban & Rural Enhancement Center (CURES) and the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History & Culture (TIPHC).

In addition to being the Dean of the School of Architecture, Dr. Sabouni served as Special Assistant to the President for 6 years and for 10 years she served as the Coordinator for the Design and Planning of several new buildings on campus, which include: the 2000 Campus Master Plan, the New Science Building, the Memorial Student Center, the Electrical Engineering Building, the College of Nursing Building in the Medical Center, the College of Juvenile Justice Building, and of course the School Architecture Building. She used these opportunities as an educational tool, where students and faculty from the School of Architecture were invited to presentations and discussions by design professionals, including nationally acclaimed architects.

Dr. Sabouni received several service awards from TSA, AIA and ACSA and she served on several national, regional and local boards, such as TSA, TAF, Texas Sustainability Consortium, and HBCU Universal Design. She is currently serving on the boards of AIA Houston, Architecture and Construction Alliance (A+CA), and the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors and on the TAMU COA Advisory Council to the Dean,

As an educator, she chaired and served on several National Accrediting Architecture Board (NAAB) visiting teams. She co-chaired the 2012 ACSA Fall National Conference and the ACSA Southwest Regional Conference, the TSA Diversity Initiative and the TSA Life/Work Issues Task Forces. In the Houston AIA Chapter, she chaired the AIA Higher Education Task Force and the Urban Design Committee. Dr. Sabouni represented the School as the ACSA Faculty Councilor for 15 years, in addition to chairing several university committees.

She was an active participant in the first National AIA Diversity Plenary and in the AIA CEO Large Firm Roundtable Dean’s Meeting to improve diversity and education in the field of architecture. She also served as a member on several professional honor award juries in architecture, such as the first National AIA Diversity Recognition Program, the ACSA Distinguished Professor Award, the AIA Houston Young Architect Award and the TSA 25 Years Award.

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