ElKerdany is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University; a practicing architect; and a Chairman of MIMAR Engineering Consultancy. In addition to her local education and practice in Egypt, she studied and practiced in the California USA 1989-92, and Berlin Germany 1979-80. Since her graduation, she is involved in research, education, as well as practice in the fields of design, conservation, and heritage.
ElKerdany has been a consultant and committee member for many governmental institutions in the fields of architecture, urban design, heritage and development. Among which, the Permanent Committee of Islamic and Coptic monuments at the Ministry of Antiquities (2016- present); the Historic Areas Committee at the National Organization for Urban Harmony, Ministry of Culture; and Chairperson of the Architecture Committee at the Supreme Council of Culture at the Ministry of Culture (2016-present).