EU-level Network Dialogue on guidance and standards for Security by Design’ (online event)

29 maaliskuun, 2022

Dear Members,

We are pleased to invite you to the ‘EU-level Network Dialogue on guidance and standards for Security by Design’ online event on Tuesday 29 March 2022. The event is organised in the framework of the EU-funded SOAR project in which ACE is a partner.

SOAR stands for ‘Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities’. It aims at increasing the awareness of, and capacity to prevent and mitigate physical and human security threats to places of worship through Security by Design (SBD). The concept of ‘Security by Design’ incorporates security features into the design and fabric of the building and its urban context. You can find more information on the SOAR website:

This network dialogue meeting seeks to contribute to the development of bespoke standards in relation to places of worship. This activity shall include consideration by working groups of whether standards or best practice guidance is required specifically for ensuring security by design for religious sites, whether planning for new construction, renovations, or security upgrades of existing facilities. This activity may explore aspects such as:

  1. The architecture, windows, structure, landscaping, perimeter, entrances/exits and all other physical elements.
  2. Surveillance, the control room, access control, screening equipment, alarm, detection systems, information security, and security related technology.
  3. Sensitive design principles for religious sites shall be explored to balance the need to provide a secure environment while creating the atmosphere of self-reflection that manifests from the form, space, scale, materiality, and light, in spiritual spaces.

Further details can be found in the agenda attached to this email.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the ‘EU-level Network Dialogue on guidance and standards for Security by Design’. Please register at:

Date and time: 29 March 2022, 10:00 – 12:15 CET

Location: online on the Zoom platform.

Best regards,
Gloria Oddo
ACE Assistant Project Officer

Catalina Olteanu
Administrative Assistant
Architects’ Council of Europe

Tel: +32 2 543 11 40

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