Haitham Al-Abri

Haitham Al-Abri is an architect and architectural researcher in the traditional built environment of Oman.

+968 99534952
Ibra College of Technology
PO Box 327, Ibra 400
North Al Sharqiya Region
Sultanate of Oman

Architect and Architectural Researcher


Haitham holds a PhD degree specialising in the field of History and Architecture of Oman from Nottingham Trent University.

His research focuses on architectural and urban history, with the aim to study the diverse contributory factors in the formation of traditional settlements in Gulf region and their architecture. This journey to the past has opened new horizon in understanding the Golf civilization and culture. These factors range from historical, cultural, social, environmental, socio-political, socio-cultural, religious to the geo-political factors. The influence of these factors shaped the Gulf civilization in producing historical and cultural continuity.

Research, scholarly and professional interests

  • Traditional construction methods in Oman: materials and techniques
  • Climatic influences on traditional settlement formation, dwellings and urban pattern, thermal comfort
  • Settlement adaptive relation and behaviour with the environment
  • The sustainable sacred relation between man, dwelling and environment
  • The settlement’s identity and echo of continuity




  • Traditional Architecture Reconstruction


  • Ibra College of Technology
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Sultan Qaboos University

Areas of expertise

  • Vernacular Architecture of Oman