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Professor Senan Abdelqader is a practicing architect and urban planner, founder and owner of Senan Architects (SA), which he established in 1995 in Herzeliya, in Jerusalem in 2004, and in 2015 in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

Through working on numerous private projects and other public ones, that try to influence and are influenced by social and political variables, Abdelqader has created a public platform where the process of planning is considered to be a collective act and a space for civil practices.

During his practice in SA, Abdelqader started teaching at Tel-Aviv University in 1998; he then founded the in+Formal Research Unit at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 2006, giving the possibility to architecture students to critically engage the entanglement of formality and informality. In the year 2011, he became a visiting lecturer at the Dessau Institution of Architecture (DIA) in Germany, where he taught Informal Urbanism for graduate students.

Senan has participated in various global architectural Biennales and exhibitions, among which, the São Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 2007, where he published his book Architecture of (in)Dependence, in which he introduces the possibility of transforming rural Palestinian life into contemporary, contextualised urban life. 

In 2018 he established the Institute for the Study of Arab Culture in Arts, Design and Architecture. 


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Haaretz | גם במרחץ הדמים צריך ליצור דור משכיל


Globes | עכשיו מכל פינה בבית רואים את הים


Haaretz | מה גרם לאדריכל הפלסטיני הנודע לעזוב את ירושלים


Haaretz | תחרות להקמת מרכז קהילתי במקום שוק העלייה בת"א



New York Times | Upending the Traditional Arab Countryside Home


Walla | אדריכלי הניצחון


Architecture of (in)Dependency by Senan Abdelqader

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New York Times | Balancing Love of the Land  and an Escape Fantasy

Senan Abdelqader
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