Mohamed ElShahed is a doctoral candidate in the Middle East Studies Department at New York University. His research focuses on architecture and urban planning in Egypt from the 19th century to the present. He is the founder and editor of Cairobserve.com, a blog dedicated to the city's architecture, urbanism, city life and cultural heritage.
Mohamed has a Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a
Master in Architecture Studies from MIT. Mohamed's research examines the role of the built environment during Egypt's political transition from monarchy to republic from 1936 to 1967 with an emphasis on the Nasser years.