Marwa Al-Sabouni

Architect and Author

Dr. Marwa Al-Sabouni is an award-winning architect, author and an international public speaker from Syria.

She has received the Prince Claus Award in 2018, and ranked in the BBC 100 Women 2019. She was awarded the Watch Award by the World Monuments Fund in 2023. Her acclaimed book The Battle for Home was chosen in the Guardian as one of best architectural books 2016, and was named by the UK Prospect Magazine as one of the Top 50 thinkers around the World.

Her TED Talk was among the best of TED talks 2016 and was viewed over one million times. The Architectural Digest listed her as one of the top contenders for the Pritzker Prize 2018. Her second book Building for Hope was published in 2021. And she is a Fellow at Ralston College USA.

She was invited to speak at different platforms around the world such as the Sydney Opera House and the World Economic Forum. Her writings have been published in RIBA Journal, Architectural Review, Financial Times, Standpoint Magazine, ICRC Journal among others. She runs a private studio with her partner in Homs. Together, they also run Arch-news ( the world’s first and only website dedicated to architectural news in Arabic and the winner of Royal Kuwaiti award for best media project in the Arab World 2010.


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