In 1999 Hatem obtained his PhD. in Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art, at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests lie in architectural education,
social and behavioral studies and socially sustainable community design with applications in architecture and urban design. He is a licensed practicing architect and currently a senior member for CGPA – Cairo Group for Planning and Architecture working as an architectural and urban consultant. His professional practice has involved the design and construction of office and educational buildings and a wide range of planning projects including residential areas, business districts, and commercial centers within Cairo, Dubai, and Kuwait.