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Suad Amiry

Architect, author; vividly narrates Palestinian life.

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Date of Birth:



Damascus, Syria

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Why Featured?

Amiry captures the Palestinian ethos through her architectural restoration projects and award-winning literary works, portraying the intimate ramifications of geopolitical strife.

Brief bio

Suad Amiry is a Palestinian conservation architect and author, known for her contributions to preserving architectural heritage and her writings that reflect on Palestinian identity and personal experiences amid conflict. She founded RIWAQ: Centre of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah and has been recognized with several international awards for her work in both architecture and literature.

Major Milestones


  • 1981: Married Salim Tamari and began teaching architecture at Birzeit University.

  • 1991: Became a member of the Palestinian delegation to peace negotiations.

  • 2004: Received Italy’s renowned literary award, the Viareggio-Versilia Prize, for her memoir "Sharon and My Mother-in-Law"​​.

  • 2013: Amiry and her organization RIWAQ were awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

  • 2018: Authored "Peasant Architecture in Palestine: Space, Kinship and Gender"​​.

  • Architectural Conservation: Founded RIWAQ, which focuses on conserving architectural heritage across Palestine, and has won international awards for these efforts...See More

  • Literature: Wrote "Sharon and My Mother-in-Law," which provides a personal account of living through the Israeli occupation, and won international recognition...See More

  • Cultural Narratives: Explores Palestinian lives and histories in her writings, including "Golda Slept Here" and "Nothing to Lose But Your Life"...See More

  • Personal Experience: Her literary works often reflect her personal experiences, including her journey to see her father’s home in Jaffa, which she never visited despite being so close...See More

  • Fictionalized Historical Account: Authored "Mother of Strangers," a novel that intertwines the lives of real people with the history of Palestine, emphasizing the importance of personal stories in understanding history.

Date of Last Update: 
December 14, 2023

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