Graduate Architecture

Dalal Musaed Alsayer

PhD Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture

Dalal Musaed Alsayer is a PhD Candidate in History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where her dissertation, titled “Experts in the Desert: Design and the Environmental Imaginaries of Modern Arabia, 1949-61,” examines the ways in which Americans attempted to physically, ideologically, and socially transform the region during the postwar years. Dalal holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture from Kuwait University, a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, and a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University. She has taught at Kuwait University and University of Pennsylvania, practiced professionally in Kuwait and she has published in Metropolis, MONU (volume 21 and 22), Essays, Arguments & Interviews on Modern Architecture Kuwait (Niggli, 2017), and Mapping Migration, Identity and Space (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). She is currently co-authoring Pan-Arab Modernism: History of Architectural Practice in The Middle East (Actar) which examines the transfer of ideas, techniques, and practices in and around the Middle East from the 1960s to the present.

Dalal is the recipient of several awards and grants including the Kuwaiti Ministry of Higher Education Offset Scholarship; the Kuwait University Master and PhD Scholarship; the Penny White Fund Grant from Harvard GSD; the Philippines Grant and NRC Funds Grant, both from Asia Center, Harvard University; and the Will M. Mehlhorn Scholarship from Weitzman School.