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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, as seen in relation to their Eastern Mediterranean context, through the advent of modern urban planning and changing 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 Yuval-Gulbenkian Cambridge International Scholarship, UK
  • 2016-17 Cambridge Palestine Scholarship, UK
  • 2016-17 Cambridge Trust Scholarship, UK
  • 2016 Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities, Canada
  • 2015 Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities, Canada

Research Interests

architecture, urban history, modern middle east, palestine

Key Publications

Abusaada, Nadi. "Self-Portrait of a Nation: The Arab Exhibition in Mandate Jerusalem, 1931-34." Jerusalem Quarterly, no. 77 (2019): 122-35.*

*Winner of the 2019 Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem.