Two young Arab architects studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Design are working to address political and social issues in the Gulf region through a radical thought experiment in urban planning.
Fatima Abo Alasrar
Former Research Associate
Fatima Abo Alasrar is a former research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington as well as an independent policy analyst from Yemen. She is the co-founder of Basement Foundation, a youth driven organization that promotes the use of arts and culture for social change. Between 2002 and 2005 Abo Alasrar worked for the Department for International Development (DFID) in Yemen, where she advised on development and governance issues. She also worked in an advisory capacity for the Embassy of Yemen in Washington, DC between 2007 and 2012. Abo Alasrar is a former fellow of the Open Society Foundations. She obtained a master’s in public administration from Harvard University, a master’s in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Sanaa University in Yemen. Abo Alasrar’s fieldwork focuses on conflict management, and her research experience is on international development, ethics, and political institutions.
March 26 will mark one year since the Saudi-led coalition began launching airstrikes in Yemen at the invitation of the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.