Nora Akawi

Nora Akawi

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.



Nora Akawi is an architect based between Amman and New York. As director of 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 mapping 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. 


“Traversing Territories” in Kerb Journal of Landscape Architecture (forthcoming, Barcelona/Syndey: Actar, February 2017);

“Movement as Civil Disobedience: Migration and Solidarity on Lesvos Island” in Bauwelt: Exil Europa (Berlin, Vol 41, 2016);

Architecture and Representation: The Arab City (co-edited by Amale Andraos, Nora Akawi, and Caitlin Blanchfield, Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016);

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

"Silencing Phantoms of Daily Life: Erasures and Pacification of Ruins in Palestine" in Volume 40: Architecture of Peace Reloaded (co-authored with Nina V. Kolowratnik, Archis, 2014)

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