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Rasem Badran

Pioneer of Modern Islamic Architecture

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Rasem Badran is celebrated for his pivotal role in shaping modern Islamic architecture. His work, blending traditional elements with contemporary designs, has significantly influenced architectural practices in the Middle East and beyond.

Brief bio

Rasem Badran, born into an artistic family in Jerusalem, grew into a prominent architect who profoundly impacted Islamic architecture. He completed his education in Germany and quickly gained international recognition for his unique approach to design, which harmoniously integrates cultural heritage with modern architectural practices.

Major Milestones


  • 1969: Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

  • 1973: Returned to Jordan and began working on significant projects in the Middle East.

  • 1982: Won the Baghdad Grand Mosque competition, marking a significant milestone in his career.

  • 1995: Received the Aga Khan Award for Islamic Architecture for the Grand Mosque of Riyadh and the redevelopment of Riyadh’s old city center.

  • 2002: Received an honorary doctorate from Jordan University of Science and Technology​​​​.

  • Baghdad Grand Mosque (1982): A landmark project that significantly propelled his career in the Middle East...See More

  • Grand Mosque of Riyadh (1985-1992): An iconic project in Saudi Arabia that earned him the Aga Khan Award...See More

  • King Abdul Aziz Historic Center in Riyadh (1996-1999): A significant cultural project in Saudi Arabia.

  • Al-Bujeiri Development in Riyadh (2000-2015): A major urban development project.

  • Abu Dhabi Court House Complex (2006): A prominent architectural project in the UAE​​​​.

Date of Last Update: 
December 25, 2023

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