Kheira Anissa Tabet Aoul is currently a Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Chair of the Architectural Engineering Department at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain (UAE). Kheira draws from over 25 years of international academic and professional experience in the USA, North Africa and the Middle East. She is engaged in education and practice-based research focusing on advancing the design and execution of a sustainable, socio-culturally sensitive built environment in hot climatic zones. High Performance buildings and human factors in the built environment are her major areas of expertise, research and publication. Her recent interest focuses on the optimum integration of the sustainability agenda in architectural higher education of the Gulf countries. Kheira holds a PhD in Building Science from Sheffield University (UK), was a Fulbright scholar at Arizona State University (USA). She is also a LEED Accredited Professional.