About us

iDAR- Jerusalem is a non-profit organization. It was established in 2012 as the initiative of a group of architects and academics from Palestinians. Initially, it was the idea of PhD group of independent researchers, named iDAR (Interdisciplinary Design, Architecture, and Research) from Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University in the UK.


Developing democratic and just foundations for architectural debate and practice among Palestinians, and enhance the role and the presence of Palestinian architects in global architectural debate and practice.

Mission Statements

Culture is one of the pillars for sustainable development.  In such a contested context as in Israel, Palestinian heritage and Culture are victims of negligence and demolition. Embracing the Palestinian culture is an instrument of resistance against obliteration, exclusion, and meltdown, and it is an inspiration for innovation and continuity.

Establishing foundation of Palestinian contemporary architecture or a “state of architecture today”, as spatial event in the village/city matrices,  that empowers Palestinian architectural practice and debate from the invisible margins to the vibrant performance of Culture.

Commitment to “Green Urbanism and Architecture” as an implementation that is rooted deep in the Palestinian architectural heritage, embracing a wise combination of environmental conscious and intelligent design to manage assets, resources and services efficiently, and encouraging the emergence of environmentally aware generation of designers, architects and urban planners

Establishing a tectonic development of Cities, villages, and Culture.


Keen to a just, enlightened and tolerant city/village growth

That constructs a spatial trust and challenges spatial boundaries through the values of:

Establishing and producing an interdisciplinary & cutting-edge Knowledge

Building a world class body of knowledge, collaboration and sharing through:

Enhancing the role and the presence of Palestinian architects in global architectural debate and practice.

  • Promoting collaboration in research and practice for professionals and students, crossing fields between architecture, engineering and policy-making.
  • Promoting outstanding practices that combine creativity, scientific knowledge, innovation, social engagement and environmental awareness