Syria/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.5 Architecture and spatial planning

The establishment of the Syrian Architects Association (a scientific and cultural body) was done by virtue of a decision issued by the General Meeting of the Syndicate of Engineers in 2008, is considered the latest development that took place in the Syrian architecture community. This association looks after the country's architectural heritage and seeks to develop Syrian architecture and elevate its educational, technical and professional standards. It also seeks to shed light on the role of architects in the development of society in addition to working on developing the skills of Syrian architects and raise their educational, professional, technical, cultural, and material standards.

Added to mentioned, this association seeks to employ architecture for the service of society and its environmental, urban, and social texture; preserves the architectural heritage, and promote the study of architecture.

The State Ministry of Environmental Affairs participated in the commission, established for setting an encyclopaedia for green architecture which was completed in March 2013. In addition, the ministry participated with the Ministry of Housing and the Ministry of Electricity in setting a project for spreading knowledge and consciousness in matters of using alternative power systems and green architectural standards[1].

The Syrian president issued law No. 17 of 2013 stipulating the creation of a Fund for solar energy domestic water heating at the Ministry of Electricity, the Fund would provide monetary support by 50 % of the solar water heating device’s price as long as the price does not exceed 20,000 Syrian pounds. In a related context, the administration council of Real Estate Development Commission had agreed, earlier in 2010, on granting the final permission for two companies while the initial one was given to five companies[2] during a project entitled “green architecture”.

In January 2013 the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection ratified its decision No. 747 concerning the main structure of the “Green Initiative” limited liability company for architecture consulting and green architecture. The company aims to offer engineering consultancy, design and management services, studies and contracting, as well as applying green standards and clean technology in the field of green architecture and energy, and clean energy.   

Chapter published: 06-05-2016