The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2019
Berkeley Prize 2019

Faiq Mari

2013 Essay Prize Winner - Second Place

Country of Origin: Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Country of Study: Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Current Country: Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Degrees: Bachelor of Architecture (2013); Master of Science in Architecture History and Theory (2017)


Faiq Mari is an architect working in the field of architectural design, research, and education with a focus on architecture’s potential as a tool for social and political investigation and action. He currently teaches at Birzeit University and practices architecture in Palestine. Faiq recently finished a masters degree in architecture history and theory from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His thesis investigated the relationship between Zionist colonial infrastructure expansion and Palestinian resistance in the West Bank, from an architectural standpoint. Faiq had graduated with distinction from the Architectural Engineering program Birzeit University, Palestine, where he subsequently worked as a teaching assistant. At Birzeit, he focused on developing Universal Design education at the Department of Architecture, led applied research on developing localized building techniques in the occupied Jordan Valley of Palestine, and collaborated with fellow faculty on a number of other projects.

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