Rania Qawasma is a Palestinian-American Architect working in the areas of social equity, affordable housing, and community-based design projects. She is a project manager at Koz Development an affordable micro-housing company.
Rania works actively with local and international organizations tackling the displacement crisis and advocating for refugees. She’s part of the international Architecture for Refugees organization and founded Architecture for Refugees-USA with the vision to engage architects, designers, and community members to raise awareness of the issue of displacement.
One of the projects she created is “This is Home”, an award-winning infographic guidebook to help newly arrived refugees to navigate through the neighborhoods they’re settling in. it’s designed to be a template to be used in several languages and different regions. The book is converted to an APP which will be launched in early 2020.
Recently, she co-founded “Color my Home” a community-based educational architectural design program which takes participants who faced displacement on a journey to trace, dream and imagine their personal concepts of home. Everybody deserves a place they call home.
In addition, Rania is promoting Green Block, a post-war waste material that utilizes the debris of bombed-out neighborhoods in Syria as a new ecofriendly building block similar to concrete.