Sawsan Abou Zainedin

Syrian architect and urban development planner

Sawsan Abou Zainedin is a Syrian architect and urban development planner based in London. Her work addresses the spatial, socio-political, and socio-economic manifestations of the Syrian conflict through research and practice.


She is a co-founding director of Sakan Housing Communities, a non-profit social enterprise for developing inclusive and socially just housing solutions to aid recovery in Syria. Additionally, she works as a researcher with the Syrian Centre for Policy Research and consults regularly for other institutions including the Arab Reform Initiative, the European Institute of Peace, and the Syrian Women’s Political Movement.


Sawsan holds an MSc in Urban Development Planning with distinction from the Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit of University College London. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Integrated Planning and Urban Strategies from the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University and a bachelor’s degree of Architectural Engineering from the University of Aleppo.