Nora Akawi

Nora is an architect, curator, and researcher working in New York and Amman. She joined Columbia University's GSAPP in 2012 as director of Studio-X Amman, a platform for public discussions and collective study of architecture in the Arab region operating out of Columbia's Global Center in Amman.

Since 2014, she has been teaching graduate history/theory and visualization courses on borderlands, forced displacements, and counter-narratives at Columbia University's GSAPP. She also joined the urban design faculty in 2017, teaching the Water Urbanism studio on water infrastructures and inequalities along the Jordan valley.

Nora is also a member of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, and serves on the steering committee of the Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture. She has co-edited, together with Amale Andraos and Caitlin Blanchfield, the book The Arab City: Architecture and Representation (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016).

She completed her professional degree in architecture in Jerusalem (B.Arch 2009). In 2011, she received her MS in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University's GSAPP, 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:

"Borders Reassigned" in Archifutures #4: Territories (Forthcoming, DPR Barcelona, 2017)

"Record, Reproduce, Record..." on the work of Arkadi Zaides curated by Maite Borjabad in Scenographies of Power: Inéditos 2017 (La Casa Encendida, 2017)

“Traversing Territories” in Kerb Journal of Landscape Architecture (Actar, 2017)

The Arab City: Architecture and Representation (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 Léopold Lambert, 2015)

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

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


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6851‑1 Spring 2018
Urban Design Studio III
Kate Orff, Ziad Jamaleddine, Laura Kurgan, Nora Akawi, Geeta Mehta, Julia Watson, Dilip da Cunha
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6 :30 PM, F 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
A6797‑1 Fall 2017
Echoing Borders: The Production of Space Within New Paradigms of Citizenship
Nora Akawi, Khaled Malas History - Non-Western
300 Buell South
W 9 AM -11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points