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Eiman Mohamed Elgewely

Assistant Professor of Interior Design

Eiman Elgewely is an Assistant professor of Interior Design at the School of Design and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center of Human-Computer Interaction(CHCI) at Virginia Tech. Her MFA and Ph.D. in interior architecture from Alexandria University are in the Virtual and Cyberspace design field. Her research interests are in digital cultural heritage and museum studies. She currently leads several virtual heritage projects in the Visualization and Virtual Reality Lab(VVL) in the interior design program at Virginia Tech. Before joining the Faculty at Virginia Tech University, Dr. Elgewely was Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt, then coordinator of the Interior Design Program at the Arts & Design Department, Applied Science University of Bahrain (ASU). In addition, Dr. Elgewely has more than 15 years of professional experience as an interior designer in Egypt.

Digital Cultural Heritage, Museum studies, Exhibition Design, Virtual Reality, 3D visualization, Cyberspace Design, Artificial Intelligence, Sustainable Design.

ITDS 2044: Interior Design I
ITDS 2054: Interior Design II
ITDS 2134: Materials and Methods in Interior Design
ITDS 3125: History of Interiors
ITDS 3954: Study Abroad – Interior Design

Selected Conference Papers

Elgewely, E., & Whitney, B. (2023, March 8). Clouds of Thought: An installation built of repurposed studio paper models. In The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), 2023. Vancouver, Canada.

Elgewely, E. (2023, March 8). Bringing VR to the Classroom: Integrating Virtual Heritage Projects as Part of the History of Interiors Curriculum. In The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), 2023. Vancouver, Canada.

Elgewely, E., Sullivan, E., Lucarelli, R., & Lang, M. (2023, January 18). Virtual Reality as "Virtual Traveling": re-imagining the sarcophagi of Psamtek and Padinese in. In Ancient Egypt – New Technology Conference, University of Naples 2023.

Elgewely, E. (2022). Accumulated Layers of historical information Visualized in a 3D immersive environment. In Future Bodies 2022 New Media Caucus Symposium.

Sullivan, Lucarelli & Elgewely (2022). From the Museum back to the Tomb: Re-contextualizing an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus at the cemetery of Saqqara in Virtual Reality. In ARCE's 2022 Annual Meeting.

Elgewely, E. (2021). From PowerPoint Presentations to Digital Storytelling: An Educational Approach Based on the "Reviving Karanis in 3D" Project Case Study. In International Conference of Terra Mosana: Sustainable Digital Heritage. Maastricht, Netherlands. 

Elgewely, E. (2021). Virtual Heritage as a Spatial Storyteller: The "Reviving Karanis in 3D" Project Case Study In ARCE's 2021 Annual Meeting.

Keynote Speech at the 5th International Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage Conference, February 8-10, 2021.  

Elgewely, E. and Wendrich, W.(2015) "Reviving Karanis in 4D: Reconstruction of Space through Time", Ebook Proceeding of Cultural Heritage & New Technologies(CHNT).

Elgewely, E. and Wendrich, W.(2015) "Virtually United in Real Time: Museum Collections and  Archaeological Context Explored," Digital Heritage International Congress, IEEE, Granada. (IEEE explore, Scopus)

Selected Journal articles

Elgewely, E. (2017) "3D Reconstruction of Furniture Fragments from the Ancient Town of Karanis", Studies in Digital Heritage, 1(2), pp. 409-427. (Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 

Wendrich, W., Simpson, B. & Elgewely, E.(2014) "Karanis in 3D: Recording, Monitoring, Re-contextualizing and the Representation of Knowledge and conjecture". Near Eastern Archaeology Journal, 77(3), pp. 233-237. (Jstor, Scopus) 

2023 Faculty Initiated Research Grant(FIRG) Exhibition, Cowgill Hall, Virginia Tech.                                                                       

2023 ICAT Creativity and Innovation Day, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech. 

2022 Faculty Triennial Exhibition, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech

2022 DEI instructional Innovation Challenge exhibition

2019 Bahrain International Design Week (BID), Manama, Bahrain.

2018 Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan, EJUST University, Alexandria, Egypt.

Research Projects 

2022 Building Performance Simulation of Traditional Dwellings in the Arab World: The Educational Virtual Model of Sheikh Isa house, Bahrain.

2021 From the Museum back to the Tomb: Re-contextualizing an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus at the cemetery of Saqqara in Virtual Reality.  

2014 ~current Reviving Karanis in 3D( ).

2008~2011 3D Laser Scanning & Virtual reconstruction of Luxor City, Egypt (Level 1, 2).

2009~2010 3D Laser Scanning & Virtual reconstruction of The Giza Pyramid Plateau, Egypt.


2023   ICAT Major SEAD Grant Award

2022 Faculty Initiated Research Grant SEED Grant Award, Virginia Tech

2022 Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Teaching Group Grant, Virginia Tech

2022 New Faculty Mentoring Grant, Virginia Tech

2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Instructional Innovation Grant.

2017 Prince Clause Mobility Fund

2014 Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund

2013 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Research Grant

2013 Virtual Heritage School on Digital Cultural Heritage Fellowship; The Cyprus Institute and V-MUST(Virtual Museum Transitional Network) –Nicosia, Cyprus.  

2007 Ford Foundation Travel Grant  


2023 School of Design Excellence in Scholarship Award, Virginia Tech.

2023 Best Poster Presentation Award, IDEC Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

2019  Best Teaching Practice Award, the Applied Science University of Bahrain.                   

2013 Best Poster Paper Award, Digital Heritage Congress 2013, Marseille, France.

2012 Silver Award; Egypt Design + Industry Competition 2012. 


M.F.A, Ph.D. Interior Architecture, Alexandria University