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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 Palestine's Arab cities, as seen in relation to their Eastern Mediterranean context, through the advent of modern urban planning and changing empire-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.


  • 2019 Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem, Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut
  • 2017-2021 Yuval-Gulbenkian Cambridge International Scholarship, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2016-17 Cambridge Palestine Graduate Studentship, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2016-17 Cambridge Trust Graduate Scholarship, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 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

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.