King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urbanism exhibition highlights a values-driven approach to inform the built-environment in Saudi Arabia

The King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urbanism has been launched as one of the first initiatives by the Architecture and Design Commission of the Ministry of Culture which oversees the development of the architectural sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • The Charter aims to inspire the design of memorable buildings and spaces to create strong regional identities based on cultural and national identity.
  • The Architecture and Design Commission has also opened an exhibition to highlight some of the iconic designs inspired by the Salmani Architecture, some of which have won several architectural awards in Riyadh.

Riyadh – The Saudi Architecture and Design Commission has announced the launch of the King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urbanism, one of the Commission's flagship initiatives, in a ceremony attended by representatives of governmental entities, senior officials from the Ministry of Culture and leading architects and designers from the Kingdom. 

The Charter aims to create memorable buildings and spaces, bringing them to life through a set of guidelines that encourage the integration of cultural and national identity into contemporary designs while meeting the needs of local communities. It draws upon the Salmani architecture, a methodology that builds on the lessons learned from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz where he served more than five decades as governor of Riyadh Region.

The CEO of the Architecture and Design Commission, Dr. Sumayah Al-Solaiman, said, "The launch of this Charter is a major step in the development of the architecture and design sector in the Kingdom. It serves as a national methodology for achieving urban excellence and improving the quality of life for all members of society."

"By creating urban environments that reflect our cultural and natural heritage, we are showing pride in our identity and embracing it for future generations. Our aim is to inspire architects and designers to create innovative and unique designs that tell stories of our past, reflect our national identity, and inspire future generations."   

The Architecture and Design Commission is also hosting an exhibition to highlight exemplar projects that reflect the Salmani architecture. and showcase several award-winning architectural projects. The exhibition is taking place at the Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh and will be open to the public until the end of December.  

The Charter intends to activate and export its values to all regions and cities within Saudi Arabia. In addition, the Charter aims to become a reference point and source of inspiration for sector professionals in other parts of the world. 

The Architecture and Design Commission is one of 11 sector commissions overseen by the Saudi Ministry of Culture. Responsible for managing the sector's development as part of Saudi Vision 2030, the Commission enacts a range of programs and initiatives designed to enhance and support a cultural ecosystem that embraces and encourages local talent.


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About the Ministry of Culture

  • The Ministry of Culture is leading a cultural transformation to develop a rich ecosystem that nurtures creativity, unlocks the economic potential of the sector and unleashes new and inspiring forms of expression.
  • As part of these efforts, the Ministry of Culture is seeking to bolster the presence of Saudi heritage and culture at events across the Kingdom and abroad, enabling participants to engage with the Kingdom's rich and diverse history and preserve Saudi heritage for generations to come.
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