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

Not only has she received the Prince Claus Award in 2018, and ranked in the BBC 100 Women 2019, but her TED talk has been viewed over a million times. This all comes off the back of Marwa’s acclaimed book The Battle for Home, which was chosen by the Guardian as one of the best architectural books of 2016, and led her to being named by the UK Prospect Magazine as one of the Top 50 thinkers around the World.

From speaking all over the globe to writing for platforms like the Architectural Review to the Financial Times, Marwa has even found time to publish a second book called Building for Hope. She also runs a private studio with her partner in their city Homs, where they founded Arch-news, the world’s first and only website dedicated to architectural news in Arabic.

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