Shafik I. Rifaat, FAICP

Shafik Rifaat is a pioneering advocate for sustainable cities made evident through his leadership in education, public service, and the profession. He is a persistent mentor for over 1,000 current and former students. Hundreds of his students have been immersed in communities as listeners and environmental advocates. He believes service learning and interdisciplinary teaching better prepares them as professionals and citizens. Rifaat’s contributions have been recognized by the academy for his outstanding teaching and awarded by the profession for pace-setting projects. He is a voice of reason on the influential Houston planning commission where he champions innovation, stewardship, and service.