Omar Youssef is a Lecturer for the UA School of Architecture (CAPLA) and is a Ph.D. Student in the school of Arid Lands Resources Sciences (ALRS). In addition, he is a Research Associate for the Institute on Place and Wellbeing. He is the USGBC ADVANCE Ambassador in Arizona, leading a dynamic group of graduate students to be the first Student Group to pilot the new USGBC ADVANCE initiative directing underserved non-profit organizations to sustainability.
Mr. Youssef PhD proposal utilizes climate science and bioclimatic analysis to develop resilient spaces that demonstrate adaptation techniques to mitigate the adverse effect of climate change and promote healthy living. Mr. Youssef developed design aid tools for Architects and Building Officials to mitigate environmental sustainability concerns while simultaneously integrate therapeutic technologies to achieve a healthier human environment. These tools concentrate primarily on the impacts of natural day light on Building Performance as well as Human Performance particularly heart-rate variability, brain activity, and stress responses. His projects were evaluated as one of the best that critically involved research which reflect significant responsiveness to Desert Regions where resources are scarce.