About the Center

Founded in 2008 in Beirut, the Arab Center for Architecture (Association for the preservation and dissemination of modern Arab built heritage) is a non-profit organization addressing modern urban design, architecture, design, and planning in the Arab world.

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Designing Modernity

The Goethe Institute, Ramallah , in partnership with the Arab Center for Architecture, present Designing Modernity: Architecture in the Arab World 1945-1973, a book edited by George Arbid and Philipp Oswalt. The book launch and Symposium are being held live and online on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7, 2022 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.                                                        > Read more

Restoration Guidelines Manual

The Arab Center for Architecture announces the publication of "The Restoration Guidelines Manual for buildings constructed between the 1930s and the 1970s". It is published by ACA (2021) with the support of Amman Design Week and Goethe Institut. Co-authors are Naji Assi Architects and Yammine Yammine.
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Research Center

By gathering, sorting, and making its resources available to the public and the research community, ACA is aiming to serve as a platform for diffusing documentation and information about architecture and the urban environment in the Arab World.

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Preserving Creativity

Creative Scene hosted architect and co-founder of Arab Center of Architecture Dr. George Arbid for a discussion about creativity and modernism.

Listen to the full episode here.


Projects & Activities

By developing a wide range of activities, the ACA aims to build on the growing sense of awareness towards the built environment. It seeks to shed light on modern architecture, urban and landscape design, targeting the recognition of modern heritage.

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Sérof-Harfouche Discussion

ACA organized a series of discussions between a senior and a younger architect in 2015. The event was an opportunity for the senior architect to present his work and ideas, and for the younger architect to respond from today’s perspective. A debate with the public followed. The project was funded by the European Union. Sérof-Harfouche discussion is now available on Youtube.

This website has been funded by the European Union.

The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of ACA and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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