Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect, writer and community activist. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut, Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and a PhD in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. Amiry and has taught at the Departments of Architecture in the University of Jordan and Birzeit University. She is the founder and the Director (1991-2012) of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation, which received the Prince Claus Award (2011) and the Aga Khan Prize for Architectural Restoration (2013).
In addition to her numerous books on architecture, Amiry is the author of the internationally acclaimed memoir Sharon and My Mother-in-Law (2006), which has been translated into 20 languages and was awarded the prestigious Viareggio Prize in Italy in 2004. She is also the author of Nothing to Lose But Your Life (2011); and most recently Golda Slept Here (2015) which won the Italian Nonino Prize 2014
Amiry is a member of Birzeit University Board of Trustees and was its Vice President. Presently Amiry lives in Ramallah, Palestine and New York.