Dr. Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat

School of Architecture
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Dr. Arch. Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat; Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) , Head of the Lab of Spaces-in-Transition

Spaces-in-Transition: "Wheat Security" project



After my graduation in 2007, I joined the faculty of Architecture and Town Planning of the Technion – IIT (Haifa, Israel), where I completed my M.Sc. The Architecture of the Palestinian 'Refugee Camps' in the West Bank: Dheisheh Refugee Camp as a case study, 1948-1967 and Ph.D Architecture in Conflict beyond the Green Line: Gaza and Yamit Cities 1967-1982with outstanding distinctions in 2011 and 2018, respectively. There, I have pursued research in history, theory and criticism of architecture in colonial contexts, with a focus on Spaces-in-Transition in conflict zones, aid and humanitarianism in the global south, forced movement and its materialization in refugee camps. My studies have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings (see publications), and has been recognized by several prestigious awards and grants, including , inter alia, the Azrieli Award, Gutwirth Memorial Award and America-Israel Culture Foundation 

 I awarded successive competitive postdoctoral fellowships (The Rothschild fellowship, The Neubauer fellowship and The Planning and Budgeting Committee (VATAT) fellowship for Arabs). Between 2019 and 2021, I joined ETH Zurich, and the Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design under the supervision of Prof. Tom Avermaete (Head of the chair). My research delved deeper on the reciprocal relations between architectural development and colonialism, asserting the East as arena of production of cultural knowledge. Much of my focus was given to the exploration of the epistemologies and methodologies that foreground the subaltern in communicating matters of history. 

Currently I am working on my forthcoming book with the tentative title Architecture in Conflict: The Right to an Urban History of the Gaza Strip, 1967-1993 (contract with the University of Pittsburgh Press).

Publications (Selected): (*) Correspondence author, (Bold) first author.


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina. Architecture in Conflict beyond the Green Line: Gaza and Yamit Cities 1967-1982, PhD Dissertation, Haifa: Technion, 2018.

Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina. The Architecture of the Palestinian 'Refugee Camps' in the West Bank: Dheisheh Refugee Camp as a case study, 1948-1967, M.Sc. Thesis, Haifa: Technion, 2010.

                                                 Refereed papers in professional journals

Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*. “Militarized Urbanism in the Cold War Era: The Resettlement of the Refugees in Khan Younis”, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. DOI: 10.1177/23996544231170571/


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*; Avermaete, Tom#. “Concrete Conflicts: The Vicissitudes of an Ordinary Material in Modernizing Gaza City”, Journal of Urban History48, no.5 (2022), pp. 1159-1173. https://doi.org/10.1177/0096144220983037.

Avermaete, Tom*#; de Lalouvière, Nicole; Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina; Zaugg, Maxime, et al.; “The Viral Balcony: Or the Vicissitudes of an Urban Element in Times of Pandemics”, gta Journal, Jasper S. Adam ed. Special Issue “Social Distance” (2021), pp. 139-151


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina* and Nitzan-Shiftan, Alona#. “Mediterraneanism in Conflict: Development and Settlement of Palestinian Refugees and Jewish immigrants in Gaza and Yamit”, Ethnic and Racial Studies 44, no. 6, pp. 987-1007, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1863443


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*; Nitzan-Shiftan, Alona#. The Right to an Urban History: The Gaza Master Plan, 1975–1982. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 39, no.2, pp. 254-270. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775820955196


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*; Nitzan-Shiftan, Alona#. “Being Citizens of the City of Gaza: The resettlement of the Al-Shati Refugee Camp at Sheikh Radwan, 1967-1982”, Citizenship Studies 24, no. 8, (2020): 1030-1046.


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*. “The Palestinian Refugee Camps: The Promise of 'Ruin' and 'Loss'”, Rethinking History Journal 19, no. 1, (2014): 72-94.



Refereed book chapters

Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina.* “In the name of Belonging: Developing Sheikh Radwan for the refugees in Gaza City, 1967-1982”, in Making Home(s) in Displacement: Critical Reflections on a Spatial Practice. eds., Luce Beeckmans, Alessandra Gola, Ashika Singh, Hilde Heynen (Leuven University Press, 2022). pp.113-135.


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*, Nitzan-Shiftan Alona#. “Mediterraneanism in Conflict: Development and Settlement of Palestinian Refugees and Jewish immigrants in Gaza and Yamit”, in Culture and Conflict in Palestine/Israel. ed., Tamir Sorek, (London: Routledge, 2021; A republication version to the original article published in Ethnic and Racial Studies Journal).


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*; Nitzan-Shiftan Alona#. ’De-Camping’ through Development: The Palestinian Refugee Camps in Gaza, 1967–1982.”, in Camps Revisited: Multifaceted Spatialities of a Modern Political Technology, eds., Irit Katz, Diana Martin, and Claudio Minca, (New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018), 137-157


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*. “To Act within the ‘Refugee Camps’: Dheisheh Camp as a case study, 1948-1967”, in Visual Culture in Israel: An Anthology, eds., Sivan Rajuan Shtang, and Noa Hazan, (Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad publishing house Ltd, 2017), 280- 309 [in Hebrew]


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*; Ben-Arie, Ronnen. "To Be at Home", in Nihilism and the State of Israel: New Critical Perspectives, eds., Nitzan Lebovic and Roy Ben-Shai, (New York: Continuum Publishing Corporation, 2014), 205-226


Refereed book chapters under Review

Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina and Katz, Irit. “Sandi Hilal”, in The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Women in Architecture, 1960-2015, eds., Lori Brown and Karen Burns [accepted]


Review books

Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina. Open Gaza: Architecture of Hope, edited by Michael Sorki and Deen Sharp, Journal of Palestine Studies, 51 (1), 1-2, 2022.



Haick, Hossam*; Lavie, Peretz; Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina.  “Arab Students Thrive in Israeli University”, Nature, 581 (7), 30, 2020.


Refereed papers in conference proceedings

Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*; Ben-Arie, Ronnen. “Recreating the Public through Transformation”, Metamorphosis, The Continuity of Change (Docomomo, Slovenia, 2018), 96-100.


Abreek-Zubiedat, Fatina*; Nitzan-Shiftan, Alona. "Transformative Destruction in Gaza City: 1967-1982".  Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies, (EAHN, Belgrade 2015), 48-53.  

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