ACA wishes to develop the cultural value of architecture and design and the recognition of the social impact it has on urban regeneration, building communities, education and vocational development.
ACA considers that it is insufficient to dwell on past glories and not recognize the value of our more recent heritage. By understanding the value of modern architecture, design and the built environment, society is far more capable of developing a contemporary image of itself.
The recent development of architecture in the Arab world calls for a platform to discuss issues pertaining to the built environment. A growing interest in the cultural importance of architecture, along with a lack of professional and public awareness, testifies to such a need.
Lebanon, where the ACA office is based, serves as a perfect example of a country lacking the needed infrastructure and debate, which in turn undermines the economic and social impact of architectural activity.
An unprecedented initiative in Beirut, ACA aims to act as a reference point for ideas and debates; a platform for the professional community and other sectors of society.