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Rana Abughannam

Contract Instructor


Rana Abughannam is a PhD candidate at Carleton University’s School of Architecture and Urbanism in 2017. She obtained her professional degree in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University in 2012 and was granted her post-professional Master’s of Architecture degree from the History and Theory Program at McGill University’s School of Architecture in 2013. Rana is a Registered Architect in both Palestine and Jordan, where she practiced as a freelance architect. She is co-founder and a coordinator to CR|PT|C (Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative) which pursues research in the humanities with a diverse research agenda that reflects the interests of the collaborators through the Practice of Teaching in academic settings in architecture.

Rana is currently teaching Morphology of the City at Carleton University, an undergrad theory course that focuses on the spatial and formal organization of cities throughout history. Previously, she had also co-taught graduate studios that revolve around architectural design, urbanism, and spatial formations within colonial and post-colonial settings. Prior to joining Carleton, Rana had taught at the Canadian University Dubai as a visiting lecturer at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Architecture and Interior Design. Between 2013 and 2015, Rana was also an instructor at the Department of Architecture at Birzeit University teaching courses including history of architecture, architectural representation, and architectural design studios.

Her research interests revolve around architecture and urbanity and the socio-political conditions which govern them. Her Ph.D. dissertation builds on her previous research and focuses on spatial forms of colonialism and resistance in Palestine.


Post-Professional Master of Architecture, History and Theory of Architecture – McGill University

Bachelor of Architecture – Birzeit University


ARCU 3100- Morphology of the City



Book Contribution: Goffi F, Ed. (2020). InterVIEWS- Insights and Introspection on Doctoral Research in Architecture. Routledge

Conference Presentation & Proceedings Publication: Abughannam, R & Khasib, S. (2019, July 1). Palestine’s Spatio-Temporal Fragmentation: : Mapping the narrative Hebron’s division. Paper presented at the “ISUF 2019 XXVI International Seminar on Urban Form: Cities as Assemblages” in Nicosia, Cyprus

Book Contribution : Hilal, S., & Abughannam, R. (2018). Return to Gaza – Agency. In A. Petti & S. Hilal (Eds.), Permanent Temporariness (pp. 329-337). Art and Theory Publishing

Journal Publication: Nazer, S., Abughannam, R., & Khasib, S. (2018). “Landscape change in Ramallah – Palestine (1994-2014)”. Landscape Research. DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2018.1495184

Presentation: Abughannam, R. (2018, November 22). Destruction and Reconstruction: physical evidence of a post-conflict condition. Paper presented Afternoon Intersections at Carleton University Art Gallery. Ottawa, Canada

Conference Presentation: Abughannam, R. (2018, June 01). Ruins Before Victims: The primacy of the object in reconstructing the city. Paper presented at Art, Materiality and Representation at British Museum, London, UK