Semah Alabduljabbar is a Saudi Architect working at IAU, Saudi Arabia since 2018. Her interest in culture, sociology, anthropology, and the urban realm led her to focus her work on the intersection of these topics.
Upon participating collaboratively in several national and international competitions, she has placed first in the "Desert Resort Competition" held by Alama real estate Company, and second in Prince Sultan bin Salman award for Urban Heritage. Additionally, she has researched various topics in urban design and vernacular architecture.
Her year1 work at the RCA dealt with themes of preservation. She proposed active archiving ‘An active recording and documentation of existing collective activities, rituals, and customs that are threatened to disappear‘ as a tool to promote resistance to acts of erasure and displacement within sociocultural environments.
Her current work at the RCA investigates interiority within the urban realm. Specifically focusing on the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, She proposes a shadow carpet embedded within the fabric of Al Khobar city, as a response to the imposed grided urban form, challenging it to act as a stage for public engagement and inhabitation.