Marwa Al-Sabouni in conversation with Rachel Cooke

The Syrian architect and author speaks with the award-winning Observer journalist at Papers festival of creative responses to the refugee crisis


04:10pm, Sunday, 12 June 2016


04:30pm, Sunday, 12 June 2016


This talk is part of Papers, a one-day festival of creative responses to the refugee crisis. All day tickets are available for the festival below.

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As part of Papers, the one-day festival of the art and architecture of the refugee crisis Marwa Al-Sabouni, author of The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect, speaks with acclaimed journalist Rachel Cooke.

Al-Sabouni remained in her home city of Homs with her children, effectively imprisoned for two years, during the Syrian civil war. She has become an outspoken advocate of rebuilding following the fighting and her speculative designs for rebuilding Baba Amr national won first prize in a UN habitat competition on housing. Her writing has appeared in architectural journals and magazines the world over including the Architectural Review, the RIBAJ and Wall Street Journal.

One of Al-Sabouni's proposals for rebuilding the bombed district of Baba Amr in Homs.


Marwa Al-Sabouni is an architect who remained in Homs throughout the Syrian civil war. She is author of The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect and has designed award-winning proposals for rebuilding her war-torn city.

Rachel Cooke is a features writer for the Observer, in which capacity she recently profiled Marwa Al-Sabouni. Her book "Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties" was published in 2003.