In this conversation, Suad Amiry will discuss her latest book, Peasant Architecture in Palestine: Space, Kinship and Gender, published in 2018. Amiry’s presentation will trace her journey since arriving to Palestine in 1981, and her lifelong mission to document, restore and protect 420 Palestinian villages in 16 districts across the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza. In conversation with Professor Safwan Masri, Amiry will also explore the synapse between her architectural writing and non-fiction writing, reflecting back on her career as an author, architect and Palestinian conservationist.
Suad Amiry is a conservation architect and founder of Riwaq, an Aga Khan award-winning architectural conservation center based in the West Bank. Amiry is also an award-winning memoirist and author of several architecture books. Her most recent book, Peasant Architecture in Palestine: Space, Kinship and Gender, was published in 2018. Her best-selling book, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, was awarded the prestigious Viareggio Prize in 2004 and has since been translated into 19 languages. She has published several other non-fiction books including Menopausal Palestine, Nothing to Lose but Your Life: An 18 hour Journey with Murad, Golda Slept Here, and My Damascus. The Arabic translation of My Damascus is expected to be published in early 2019.