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I am an architect and urban specialist with 11+ 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 held the post of Architect/Physical Planner in the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Department at their Headquarters in Amman, Jordan.

In 2018, I earned my PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. During my PhD, I investigated 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 focused on investigating the production of space in the Palestinian camps throughout the 72 years of existence, and the impact it had on political and spatial negotiations with the Host Governments, while mainly focusing on Jordan and Lebanon.

As part of my PhD research, I have designed, built and exhibited spatial installations in Baqa'a camp in Jordan, Burj el Barajneh camp in Lebanon, and in London. Currently, I am involved in documentary filmmaking, and have exhibited photography in the US.

Currently, I hold the post of Research Associate at the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Department at UCL. As part of the research, I am working with the RELIEF Centre on studying Displacement and Prosperity in the context of Lebanon.

samarmaqusi@gmail.com