RASEM BAD­RAN

Middle East Architect - - POWER LIST -

The award-win­ning Pales­tinian ar­chi­tect Rasem Bad­ran has long been con­sid­ered a pi­o­neer of mod­ern Is­lamic ar­chi­tec­ture. The re­cip­i­ent of the Aga Khan Award for Ar­chi­tec­ture in 1995 for the Great Mosque of Riyadh, Bad­ran has built an ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of more than 400 rep­utable projects across the Mid­dle East that span the re­li­gious, cul­tural, ed­u­ca­tional and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tors, as well as res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and health­care. His of­fice, Dar Al Omran, has three re­gional of­fices, in­clud­ing Jor­dan, Saudi Ara­bia, and the UAE. In ad­di­tion to his built work, which in­cludes the Abu Dhabi Court House Com­plex, the King Ab­dul Aziz His­tor­i­cal Cen­tre and the Bu­jeiri de­vel­op­ment, all of which have largely con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment and no­tions of iden­tity and con­text across the Mid­dle East, Bad­ran fur­ther con­trib­utes to re­gional ar­chi­tec­ture through pub­lic talks and en­gage­ment with re­gional ini­tia­tives, like the Ta­may­ouz Ex­cel­lence Award, for which he judges on the Ri­fat Chadirji Prize. With Bad­ran re­ceiv­ing an award in the past year from the So­ci­ety of Egyp­tian Ar­chi­tects for his achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions to art and ar­chi­tec­ture, his pro­gres­sion and pro­mo­tion of mod­ern Is­lamic ar­chi­tec­ture con­tin­ues to in­spire gen­er­a­tions of Arab ar­chi­tects across the re­gion.

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