International Director

Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem

Gamal is a founder and director of Southgate & Sarabia Architects Collaborative, an international venture structured to deliver projects in collaboration with global partners and academia with a cross-binding benefit in terms of research and commercial application. He is an expert in applied research, with a Chair in Architecture at the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. Gamal leads the development of the University’s research theme Global Heritage: Science, Management and Development, a research team that aims to engage with and produce strategic research projects with evident global impact on improving heritage conservation and preservation strategies both internationally and cross boundary.

Gamal’s research focuses on the investigation of socio-spatial practice of urban environments, the architecture of the home, special memory, politics of urban space in everyday list, Digital Urban Heritage, Digital Modelling and the Pedagogy of Architectural Studio. He leads several partnerships and consortium teams that include American, British, European and Middle Eastern universities, research organisations and specialist industries.

Gamal advises several governments and international organisations in Ireland, Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on aspects of sustainable heritage, preservation, urban planning and design. He has received the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) Biennale’s Jeffrey Cook Award (2014) for his research on traditional urban environments. He is also an expert for the European Research Council’s Horizon 2020, a peer reviewer for Routledge, Ashgate, Built Environment and TDSR, and sits on several international research committees, board of advisors and professional societies.

Alongside his prestigious resumé, Gamal is a devoted family man, loves travelling and being in his garden when he can.


Core skills
  • International Research
  • Collaborations and Joint Ventures
  • Heritage and Conservation
  • Team work
  • Sustainability


This is what we do.


What’s going on in our world.


Open for business February.

Exciting times for Gamal, Darren and Natalie, as SASA welcomes Gamal

Open for business February.

Exciting times as new international programme of works emerges

First International Projects in June and July

What a great first project!

They love us.

Darren and his team always strive to understand the key parts of the clients business so they can advise on innovative solutions to design challenges.

Mark Grayson

Director, Faithful & Gould

Darren's knowledge of the market and extent of contacts is enviable and he is always one of my first ports of call if I need an architect.

John Gittins

Divisional Director, Interserve Construction

Securing work through competition and under Darren's leadership partnered the University in delivering some of the best manufacturing architecture in the World. Darren has played a big part in delivering our vision.

Keith Lilley

Director of Estates, The University of Sheffield

I have worked with Natalie and Darren for over 10 years on a diverse portfolio of projects. Every challenge is taken on and overcome in a professional manner.

Gareth Smith

Development Director, Step Places

Within a very short time, she demonstrated successfully her leadership qualities in helping schools through the many unknowns of a complex process quite alien to their day jobs.

Iain Bentham

Senior Manager, Capital Planning, North Tyneside Council

The combination of Natalie's technical expertise and skills and the ability through your personality to relate to a diverse audience of stakeholders is (in my 30 year experience of the industry) a rare attribute in the architectural profession

Steve Ball

Faithfull and Gould, North Tyneside, BSF Project Manager

As Project Manager and Employer’s Agent, I very much enjoyed working with Natalie and much valued her dedication and commitment which was instrumental to the success of the project.

David Herford

Gardiner and Theobald, Project Manager, Northumbria University

What a fantastic volunteer! Above all Darren really listened to our ideas, contributed and guided us in a way that felt easy and pragmatic.

Zoe Colbeck

General Manager, National Trust
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