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I am an architect and urban specialist with 9+ years of experience in international development, including urban planning and development in conflict-areas. In 2008, I moved to Jordan where I worked with USAID on the Jordan Schools Project as Head Urban Planner for the construction of 128 new and rehabilitated schools around Jordan, as part of the national educational reform plan. A year later, I moved to work with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), where I still hold the post of Architect/Physical Planner in the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Department at their Headquarters in Amman, Jordan.

Currently, I am conducting my PhD studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture investigating the spatial politics of the Palestine refugee camp(s) from their inception as scattered relief tents, to the highly dense and urbanized architectural form they have become today. The research focuses on investigating the production of space throughout the 67 years of existence, and the impact on political and spatial negotiations it has provided with the Host Governments, mainly focusing on Jordan and Lebanon.

As part of my research, I have built and exhibited a spatial installation in Baqa'a camp, Jordan. Currently, I am involved in documentary filmmaking, and have exhibited my photography in the US.

samarmaqusi@gmail.com