The Palestine Regeneration Team (PART), co-founded by Westminster Architecture Senior Lecturer Nasser Golzari and Westminster Visiting Lecturer Yara Sharif, has been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2016.

The annual awards champion the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment. This year some 75 submissions from 14 countries were submitted – a record-breaking number – including 22 entries from architecture practices.

PART, shortlisted in the ‘Cities and Communities’ category, is a design-led research group that aims to search for creative and responsive spatial possibilities for Palestine and the Palestinian diasporas to heal the fractures.

It is co-founded by Yara Sharif, Nasser Golzari and Murray Fraser. Together as an interdisciplinary team of architects, spatial designers, academics and artists, they are involved in a wide range of speculative along with ‘live’ design projects with local communities in the Middle East and beyond.

The intention is to cultivate possibilities while also offering a critical form of spatial practice that questions theoretically and practically the spatial and economic potential available to disadvantaged groups.

Currently, the team is leading Qalandiya International at the University of Westminster, which is a unique event series where 100 international artists, architects, filmmakers and spatial designers are simultaneously and collaboratively exploring the subject of refugees and the sea. The programs are taking place until 30 October.

Learn more about Qalandiya International or find out more about PART.

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