Salem Al Qudwa

PhD

Architecture of the Everyday as a Responsive Possibility in Gaza, Palestine

Qualifications

BArch and March. Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine
Part-time teacher in Department of Architecture, Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine

Supervisor(s)

Dr Brigitte Piquard, Dr Nasser Golzari, Dr Aylin Orbasli, Professor Nabeel Hamdi

Research project

My search for aesthetics values and applied arts; understanding their role as in the quality of architectural thinking and creative design, are key factors of my professional practice and teaching philosophy. My research concerned how to validate the use of ordinary objects around us and minimal spaces in which we are forced to live; ideas that I have been testing through daily observations in poor rural areas in Gaza.

As an architect, researcher and educator, this experience had been developed further through a PhD practice-based research titled: Architecture of the Everyday as a Responsive Possibility in Gaza, Palestine. My research curiosity resides in how to engage local affected communities in the reconstruction process and to empower them to build their own appropriate homes that respond to their socio-cultural practices while using efficient resources. This design project will develop several series of self-help housing prototypes that can meet the dire housing need in Gaza, making use of existing materials and developing earlier work but with more simple and deliverable schemes.

Publications

Al Qudwa, Salem (2014). Economic Buildings in the Gaza Strip Using Minimalist Architecture Concept. The 5th International Conference for Engineering and Sustainability, Faculty of Engineering, the Islamic University Gaza, Dec. 2014.

Al Qudwa, Salem (2014). Reinventing Aesthetic Values of Minimalist Architecture in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. The First Jordanian International Conference on Architecture and Design, April 2014, the National University of Amman, Jordan.

Other relevant information

For more information, see: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/designtheorypractice/salem-al-qudwa.html

Salem Al Qudwa

PhD
Architecture of the Everyday as a Responsive Possibility in Gaza, Palestine

Supervisor(s)
Dr Brigitte Piquard
Dr Nasser Golzari
Dr Aylin Orbasli
Professor Nabeel Hamdi