Prof. 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 2014 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, Senan 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, Senan started teaching at Tel-Aviv University in 1998; he then founded the “in-formal” research unit in Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 2006, giving the possibility to architecture students to critically experiment a space where formality and informality are tangled. In the year 2011, he was invited as a guest professor to the Dessau Institution of Architecture (DIA) in Germany, where he taught Informal Urbanism for graduate students.
Senan has participated in various local and international architectural Biennales and exhibitions, among which, the São Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 2007 where he published his book “Architecture of (in)Dependency”, in which he introduces the possibility of transforming the rural life that the Palestinians live, into a contemporary urban life.
In 2018 he established the Institute for the Study of Arab Culture in Visual Arts, Design and Architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.