Nora Akawi joined the Center in September 2012 as the Director of Studio-X Amman. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York City.
Nora’s research, curatorial, and pedagogical practice aims to reconsider the geographies and languages represented in contemporary repertoires of architecture education, both within and outside of the academy. More specifically, her work lies at the intersections of architecture with spatial justice, displacements, erasure and collective memory—drawing from migration and border studies, mapping practices, and archive theory.
Prior to joining The Cooper Union, Nora taught urban design and history/theory at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University.
Nora holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and a Master of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.