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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 at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Cambridge Trust Scholar and a member of the Department of Architecture's Centre for Urban Conflicts Research (UCR).

Nadi's PhD dissertation examines urban governance, infrastructure, and architectural shifts in Palestine's Arab cities in the transition from Ottoman to British rule after World War I (1860-1940), focusing on the relational experiences of urban change in the coastal city of Jaffa and the inland city of Nablus.

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


  • 2017-2021 Churchill College International PhD Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2020 Dual Fellowship by the Palestinian American Research Centre (PARC) in partnership with The Palestinian Museum, U.S./Palestine
  • 2019 Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Outstanding Research on Jerusalem, Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut
  • 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

Research Interests

architecture, urban history, modern middle east, palestine

Key Publications

Academic Papers

Abusaada, Nadi. 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 2020).

Abusaada, Nadi. "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, Nadi. "Self-Portrait of a Nation: The Arab Exhibition in Mandate Jerusalem, 1931-34." Jerusalem Quarterly, no. 77 (2019): 122-35. ISSN 2521-974X.

Short Papers

Abusaada, N., 2020. Aerial Frontiers: The Colonial Gaze Over Palestine. Kings Review, (6), pp.38-41.

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

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