Alessandra Gola is an Italian architect and researcher. After graduating with an MA in Architecture (Honours) from the University of Ferrara (Italy) in 2008, she developed her expertise as an urban researcher and designer. Working between Europe and the Middle East, she collaborated with international institutions such as DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, Palestine), UNESCO, UNIBO UNITWIN (Chair of Culture, Tourism, Development Jerusalem) and several European and Middle Eastern universities. She has worked as an urban planner (Jericho Master Plan, 2011), and coordinated applied research projects (Battir International Summer Program, 2010) and a number of exhibitions within international events (Biennial of Oslo, 2010; RedCat Gallery, 2011; Biennial of Graz, 2011) . Her research interests focus on the relationship between society, the built environment and legal/rights framework, with a particular concern for the experience of displacement within the context of various forms of conflict. In 2012, Alessandra joined The University of Leuven (KUL), where she graduated with a Masters of Human Settlements (Honours). She is currently working on her PhD thesis which focuses on the formation and nature of spatial domains in contexts of conflict and displacement in the Middle East and is entitled Architecture of Sociability in the Middle East: building spaces, building relations. The case of Ramallah, Palestine.