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Nadi Abusaada

Nadi Abusaada

PhD Candidate in Architecture

Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Supervisor: Professor Wendy Pullan


Nadi Abusaada is a PhD Candidate in Architecture, and a Cambridge Trust Scholar, at the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.

His current research focuses on the transformation of Palestinian cities, in relation to the cities of the Eastern Mediterranean, through the advent of modern urban planning and transforming state-city relations under late Ottoman and British Mandate rules (late 19th and early 20th centuries).

Nadi holds an M.Phil. (Distinction) in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an Honours B.A. (High Distinction) in Architecture from the University of Toronto in Canada.


  • 2017-2021 Churchill College International PhD Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2020 Dual Research Fellowship: The Palestinian American Research Centre in partnership with The Palestinian Museum, U.S./Palestine
  • 2019 Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Outstanding Research on Jerusalem, Institute for Palestine Studies, Lebanon/Palestine/U.S.
  • 2016-17 Cambridge Palestine Graduate Studentship, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2016-17 Cambridge Trust Graduate Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2016 Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2015 Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Toronto, Canada

Key Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

Abusaada, N. "Consolidating the Rule of Experts: A Model Village for Refugees in the Jordan Valley, 1945–55." Displacement [Special issue]. (forthcoming with International Journal of Islamic Architecture, June 2021)

Abusaada, N. "Combined Action: Aerial Imagery and the Urban Landscape in Interwar Palestine, 1918–40." Palestine From Above [Special issue]. Jerusalem Quarterly, no. 81 (2020): 20-36. <>. ISSN 2521-974X.

Abusaada, N. "Self-Portrait of a Nation: The Arab Exhibition in Mandate Jerusalem, 1931-34." Jerusalem Quarterly, no. 77 (2019): 122-35. <>. ISSN 2521-974X. Winner of 2019 Ibrahim Dakkak Annual Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem. 

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

Abusaada, N. Urban Encounters: Imaging the City in Mandate Palestine. In: S. Zananiri and K. Sanchez, ed., ’Imaging and Imagining’: Photography and Social History in British Mandate Palestine 1918-1948. (forthcoming with Brill, November 2020). 

Magazines, Reviews, and Digital Publications

Abusaada, N. Invisible Terrains. Land [Special Issue]. (forthcoming with Architectural Review, October 2020).

Abusaada, N. and Asali, W. Editorial: “Pulling the Emergency Break”. (forthcoming with Scroope: The Cambridge Architectural Journal, October 2020).

Abusaada, N., 2020. Jaffa: The Rise and Fall of an Agrarian City [online] Palestine Square. Available at: <>

Abusaada, N., 2020. Architecture as a System of Knowledge. Letters to a Young Architect [Special Issue]. Architectural Review, (1474), pp.40. Available at: <>

Abusaada, N., 2020. Aerial Frontiers: The Colonial Gaze Over Palestine. Flights [Special Issue]. Kings Review, (6), pp.38-41. Available at: <>

Abusaada, N. and Wahby, N. 2020. Editorial Letter. Arab Urbanism Magazine. [online]. Available at: <>

Abusaada, N., 2020. “Off the Record”: Palestine At The 1944 Arab League Preparatory Conference. [online] Palestine Square. Available at: <>

Abusaada, N., 2020. The Palace Hotel in Jerusalem: History Beyond Memory. [online] Palestine Square. Available at: <>