With a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Algiers in 1984, Djamel Boussaa obtained his Master of Philosophy in Architecture from the University of York, UK in September 1987. He taught as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Architecture, University of Blida, Algeria for 8 years. He joined UAE University in September 1996 and worked for ten years before moving to the University of Bahrain for three years. He finished his Ph.D in Urban Conservation from the University of Liverpool, UK in December 2007. From September 2009, he is an Assistant Professor at Qatar University, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning.