- MA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- B. Eng, Birzeit University
Rula is a designer at PORT focusing on architecture, landscape, and urbanism projects. She joined PORT as a recent graduate from the Master of Architecture program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a Pritzker Graduate Fellow. While at SAIC, she worked as a Research Fellow in Architecture and Urbanism focusing on workforce and economic development in an underserved neighborhood in Chicago and did a summer internship at Gensler after winning the national Gensler Diversity Scholarship. Her graduate thesis, which investigates a geopolitically complex urban condition in a Palestinian neighborhood at the periphery of Jerusalem, won the Chicago-based Schiff foundation fellowship, was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal, published in Mas Context, and got her featured in the Funambulist Magazine as a ‘Game-Changing Architecture Graduate’.
Prior to starting graduate school and joining PORT, Rula worked as an architectural and urban designer at firms of various scales for 5 years in Palestine and 1 year in Texas. Her experience spans multiple project scales, scopes, and types, including residential, commercial, hospitality, cultural, and civic.