Yara Saifi is an associate professor of architecture at the Department of Architecture at AL Quds University in Jerusalem, where she is the department head since 2015. She was the Dean of Hind Al Husseini Faculty for Women, at Al-Quds University. Her research interests are architectural aesthetics, design and conflict studies. Dr. Saifi is a member of different committees related to urban planning, restoration and conservation of historic buildings and the MA program in Jerusalem Studies at AQU. She was also a local juror to the 2018 RIBA Awards for International Excellence in Palestine.