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Jafar Tukan

Pioneering Arab World Architect

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Jafar Tukan is renowned for his significant contributions to architecture across the Arab world, particularly in Jordan. His innovative and regionally integrated architectural designs have left a lasting impact in the field.

Brief bio

Jafar Tukan, a Jordanian architect of Palestinian origin, is celebrated for his regionalist approach to architecture, blending modern techniques with traditional Arab aesthetics. His work spans various countries, including Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates. Tukan's designs are widely recognized and praised for their cultural resonance and architectural innovation.

Major Milestones


  • 1960: Graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Engineering from The American University of Beirut.

  • 1968: Established his own architectural practice in Beirut.

  • 1973: Co-founded Rais and Tukan Architects through a merger, later becoming Jafar Tukan and Partners Architects and Engineers.

  • 2001: Received the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

  • 2005: Selected to oversee the design selection for Yasir Arafat's mausoleum in Ramallah​​.

  • Amman Municipality Building (1997): A landmark building in Jordan, showcasing Tukan's architectural prowess.

  • Prototype Kindergarten School in Dubai (1980): An innovative approach to educational architecture in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Jubilee High School in Amman (1999): A significant educational structure reflecting modern architectural design.

  • SOS Children's Village in Aqaba, Jordan (2001): Award-winning project recognized for its architectural and social impact.

  • Design and oversight of the Yasser Arafat Mausoleum in Ramallah (2005): A significant cultural and political project in the West Bank​​​​.

Date of Last Update: 
January 16, 2024

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