Aminah Hamad al-Kanderi
PhD Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture
2014 - MS. Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University
2010 - BA. Architecture, Kuwait University
Aminah's research investigates theories of postcolonialism in the Arab world based on the notion of socio-cultural and socio-economic exchange between Levant area and Arabian Peninsula. Her work seeks to question modes of translation, mobility, and regionalism in the Global South through the practice of Arab intellectuals, practitioners, and professionals. While focusing on the translation of the general practices of modernization as a finished project in the Arabian Desert during the late fifties and early seventies, she also explores the transformation of urban forms and architecture theories propagated through national and cultural movements such as pan-Arabism, decolonization, and the pursuit of modernity.