2022: Marwa al-Sabouni

Syrian author and architect

Marwa al-Sabouni is a Syrian architect and author. A Prince Claus laureate 2018, and named in the BBC’s 100 Women, 2019.

Her acclaimed book The Battle for Home was chosen by the Guardian as one of best architectural books of 2016 and was named by UK Prospect Magazine as one of the Top 50 thinkers in the world. Her second book, Building for Hope, was published by Thames & Hudson in April 2021. 

She is an international public speaker, taking part in different platforms around the world such as the Sydney Opera House and the World Economic Forum. Her TED Talk was among the best of TED talks 2016 and was viewed over 1 million times. 

Co-founder of 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. 

The Architectural Digest listed her as one of the top contenders for the Pritzker Prize 2018 and her writings have been published in the RIBA Journal, Architectural Review, Financial Times, Wall Street International Magazine, Standpoint Magazine, ICRC Journal among others. 

She runs a private studio with her partner in the Syrian city of Homs.