Omar Youssef is a Lecturer for the UA School of Architecture (CAPLA) and a Ph.D. candidate in the Arid Lands Resource Sciences Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Arizona. Omar is a Research Associate for the Institute on Place and Wellbeing. In addition, he is the President for the U.S Green Building Council UA Student Group and the USGBC ADVANCE Ambassador in Arizona, leading a dynamic group of graduate students to be the first Student Group to pilot the new USGBC ADVANCE initiative directing underserved non-profit organizations to sustainability. His projects and publications are aimed at sustainability within the building industry.
Mr. Youssef developed design aid tools for Architects and Building Officials to mitigate environmental sustainability concerns while simultaneously integrate therapeutic technologies to achieve a healthier human environment. These tools concentrate primarily on the impacts of natural day light on Building Performance as well as Human Performance particularly heart-rate variability, brain activity, and stress responses.