Nora Akawi ‘11 MSCCCP is an Assistant Professor at Cooper Union School of Architecture, former faculty member at GSAPP. As a student at GSAPP, Akawi’s thesis, advised by Professor Felicity Scott, was on the role of archives in the formation of Palestinian future spatial imaginaries. Her research focuses on bordering and ruination as the architectural project of settler colonialism. She formerly directed GSAPP’s Studio-X Amman, where she helped found the Janet Abu-Lughod Library and Seminar.
Here are some links to learn more about Nora Akawi’s practice:
- Akawi and Interim Projects co-founder Eduardo Rega Calvo delivered a presentation titled “Rehearsing Exits” at the Practice and Pedagogy lecture series at the Architectural Association in 2022.
- Akawi and musician-composer Khyam Allami had a conversation on Tuning, Bias, and the Wild Beyond as part of L’Internationale Online’s public talks in 2021.
- Akawi curated the exhibition “Al Majhoola Min Al Ard” (This Earth’s Unknown) at the FRAC Center’s Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans in 2019.
- Akawi delivered the lecture “Traversing Territories” as the 2018 Harvard GSD Aga Khan Lecture.
- The Arab City: Architecture and Representation, (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016) is a book co-edited with Dean Emerita and Professor Amale Andraos and Caitlin Blanchfield ‘14 MSCCCP that engages contemporary architectural and urban production in the Arab worlds.
- Akawi’s presentation at the “GSAPP at the Venice Biennale” event on September 21, 2018 presented her curation of the Bahrain Pavilion and its associated publication Friday Sermon.