Nora Akawi

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Director of Studio-X Amman, GSAPP

Columbia University

Nora is an architect based between Amman and New York. As Director of Columbia GSAPP's Studio-X Amman, she leads the conceptualization and implementation of public programs and research initiatives on architecture in the Arab region by curating (often in partnership with other researchers or institutions) conferences, workshops, publications, screenings, lectures, and other forms of collective cultural production.

Since 2014, she has been teaching a graduate history/theory and visualization course focused on borderlands, forced migration, and human rights at Columbia GSAPP. She also joined the Architecture & Urban Design faculty, where she teaches an urban design studio focused on water infrastructure and distribution inequality along the Jordan Valley.

She studied architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (B.Arch 2009). In 2011, she received her MS in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia GSAPP (MS.CCCP 2011), where she received the CCCP Thesis Award. Her thesis investigates the role of the archive in the formation of alternative political and spatial imaginaries in Palestine.

Publications include:
“Traversing Territories” in Kerb Journal of Landscape Architecture (forthcoming: Actar, February 2017)

Architecture and Representation: The Arab City (co-edited by A. Andraos, N. Akawi, and C. Blanchfield, Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016)

"Jerusalem: Dismantling Phantasmagorias, Constructing Imaginaries" in The Funambulist: Militarized Cities (edited by L. Lambert, 2015)

"Erasures and Pacification of Ruins in Palestine" in Volume 40 (co-authored with N. Kolowratnik, Archis, 2014)

"Mapping Intervals: Towards an Emancipatory Cartography" in The Funambulist Papers (edited by L. Lambert, Punctum Books, 2013).