Samia Henni was born in Algiers, Algeria. S he is an architect and researcher and graduated from the Academy of Architecture, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio, Switzerland. Samia Henni has also studied at the Ecole Polytechnique d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme, Algiers, Algeria and the ex-Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main research interest lies within space and conflict relations, politics, manifestations and representations. Samia Henni has participated in a series of research projects on Accra (British colonial planning), Algiers (Post-war public and social spaces), Athens (common spaces), Diyarbakir (housing for Kurdish), Los Angeles (Infrastructure and social classes), and Sao Paulo (slums and planning). Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Architecture Forum Aedes in Berlin, Germany and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Canada. She has lectured at the International University of Andalusia in Sevilla; Ecole Supérieure d'Architecture in Casablanca; Centre of African Studies in Edinburgh; and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Currently, she is a Ph.D. fellow at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich, Switzerland and a Guest Researcher at Curatorial Knowledge, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom. Her doctoral dissertation explores French military spatial operations (territorial/architectural) and psychological actions (textual/visual) in Algeria during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62).