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Anwar Jaber

Anwar  Jaber

Anwar Jaber

PhD Candidate in Architecture, Churchill College

Supervisor: Professor Wendy Pullan


Anwar Jaber is currently a PhD candidate in Architecture at the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research in the Department of Architecture. Anwar obtained her bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine and holds an MPhil degree in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Cambridge (2014). Her PhD research focuses on the current spatial developments of the Palestinian city of Ramallah and the Palestinian State-building project. She has practiced as an architect and urban planner in Jerusalem where she focused on issues related to urban development within the Palestinian context.

Within the University of Cambridge, Anwar served as the co-editor of Scroope 25 - The Cambridge Architectural Journal (2015), a supervisor for the BA Tripos (ARB/RIBA Part I) courses 'Islamic Architecture' and 'Divided Cities' at the Department of Architecture. Further, Anwar was the lead Organiser for a conference entitled "Spatial Articulations of Collective Identities in the Context of Middle Eastern Cities" (2016) which was awarded full funding by the School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Architecture and Churchill College at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

  • Memory and spatiality
  • Palestine/Israel
  • Conflicts and borders
  • Phenomenology of cities
  • Socio-politics and the City


Conference Papers and Presentations:

  • "Displaced Capital: The Architecture of Massioun Neighbourhood in Palestinian Ramallah", in Conference titled:Histories in Conflict: Cities| buildings| Landscapes, organised by the European Architectural History Network (EAHN), Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem (June 2017)
  • 'Spatial Articulations of Loss and the Transform of Selective Memory: Yasser Arafat Memorial Site in Ramallah' in a conference titled: Spatial Articulations of Collective Identities in the Context of Middle Eastern Cities, University of Cambridge (September 2016)
  • 'Ramallah's Spatial Emergence: The Socio-political Development of Massioun Neighbourhood' , The Architectural Humanities Research Association Graduate Symposium (AHRA), University of Sheffield (April, 2016)
  • 'Locating the Mukata'a: The Role of Government's Architecture in the Development of Ramallah', Places of Amnesia Conference, University of Cambridge (April 2016)
  • 'The Spatial Development of the Palestinian City of Ramallah Under Occupation', Cambridge Graduate-led Urban Research Conference, City Seminar, University of Cambridge (June 2015)
  • 'The Religious Transformations of the Western Wall in Jerusalem' The Dynamic of Religious Interaction Conference, University of Cambridge (April 2014)


  • (2016) Faculty Fieldwork Funding, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2016) Churchill College Travel Grant, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2015) Cambridge Trust Scholarship for Doctorate Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2014) Said Foundation - Churchill College Palestinian Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2012) DAAD- funded Summer School, University of Dortmund, Germany
  • (2012) UNESCO Fellowship - Emergency Aid for Palestinian People, Paris, France
  • (2012) Z.A Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Leadership, Birzeit University, Palestine
  • (2009 & 2011) United Palestinian Appeal for Academic Excellence, Birzeit University, Palestine
  • (2009) MEPI Student Leaders, Exchange program funded by the US Department of State, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.