A prominent architect, writer and community leader, Palestinian architect Suad Amiry is the founder of Riwaq and an award-winning author. She is also vice president of Birzeit University’s Board of Trustees and a board member for the Palestine Investment Fund and the Palestine Housing Council, as well as a jury member for The Palestine Award for Culture. Among her extensive project list, her most notable one is Riwaq’s 50 Villages project.
Launched in 2005, the 50 Villages project is a large-scale cultural heritage initiative with the primary aim to rehabilitate and revitalise Palestine’s most significant historic centres. Riwaq’s ‘Registry of Historic Buildings in Palestine’ (2006), which documented 50,320 historic buildings in 422 villages and towns in “Minor Palestine” (the West Bank and Gaza), determined that saving 50 villages and towns would result in saving almost 50 percent of the cultural heritage in rural Palestine.