The Battle for Home

The Memoir of a Syrian Architect


The ‘visionary memoir’ (Observer) of a young female architect in war-torn Syria, and the role architecture plays in whether a community crumbles or comes together, now available in B-format paperback.


ISBN: 9780500292938 Category:

Marwa Al-Sabouni


‘Everyone in Syria has lived his war. Every day people have fought for their lives, every day has brought a bid for survival, but it is not only bodies that suffer; souls, too, go through these battles, dying a thousand times in anticipation, only to rise up wearily to face another day.’

So begins the eyewitness account of Marwa al-Sabouni, a young architect based in war-torn Homs, on Syria’s bitter conflict. Seen through the revealing lens of architecture and depicted with clarity, conviction and deep intelligence, she shares her personal experience of how the built environment directly affects the community that inhabits it, how the stage for civil war has long been set in her country, and how architecture might play a role in reversing the damage.

The Battle for Home reveals uncomfortable truths and asks important questions, but ultimately offers hope for rebuilding both a proud country and a much-needed sense of identity.

Additional information

Weight 217 g
Dimensions 13.4 x 19.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2017
Number of pages 192
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 13.4 x 19.3 cm
Weight 217 g


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Marwa al-Sabouni has a PhD in Islamic Architecture and runs a private architectural studio in Homs, Syria. She is co-owner of the first and only online media site dedicated to architectural news in Arabic: