Principal Rasem Badran


Rasem Badran who graduated in Architecture from the Former West Germany in the late sixties, inherited and Steamed his talent from his father, a well-known Islamic Artist in the Middle East. Rasem was gifted in the ability of utilizing his inherited skills with the modern science of Architecture to breath life into the long forgotten Islamic Rich Architecture. For this, he is recognized in the Middle East as the Reference Encyclopedia of Modern Islamic Architecture. His magnificent achievements are very much evident throughout the Middle East, and well recognized worldwide.

During his study in Germany he was very active and futuristic in his design approach. Some of his study projects have been published in the late sixties in Europe. In early seventies he was involved professionally in many prestigious projects in West Germany such as Munich Olympic Stadium Complex and others before he coming back to Jordan to explore the hidden values of the local culture.

Badran’s works are based on a personal Philosophy in defining Architecture as a continuous dialogue between contemporary needs and historical inherited cultural values.

International Competitions:


  • 1997 – Winner of theQatarIslamic arts museum international competition inDohaQatar. Among 84 internationals will reputable architects, Eight architects were selected to participate in the competition, where Rasem Badran won the project.  This competition was/sponsored/by the Agha Khan Geneve office in cooperation withQatarstate government.
  • 1996 – Sidon Sea Front development Competition/Lebanon (1st  prize).
  • 1995 – King Abdulaziz Mosque in Al Kharj / Saudi Arabiafor Arriyadh Development Authority (1st prize).
  • 1994 – Winner of the Darat Al Malik Abdulaziz upgrading :-
  • King Abdulaziz Mosque, Renovation of Murabba’a Palace, Museum for Arriyadh Development Authority.
  • 1992 – “Residential and Commercial Complex” for private investment company in Sana’a -Yemen.
  • 1985 –  The “Royal Academy of Islamic Research (Al – Albeit)” – Amman, Jordan(1st prize).
  • 1985 – “Al Masjed Al Jame’ State Mosque and “Kaser Al- Hokm” RulerPalacesponsored by Al-Riyadh Development Authority (ADA) – Saudi Arabia    (1st prize).
  • The last two projects above  were executed and officially opened in ceremonial onthe 10th of March 92.
  • 1984 – “Jame’ Ali Bin Abi Taleb” mosque for the Awqaf. Doha- Qatar(1st prize).
  • 1982 – The “State Mosque of Baghdad” – Baghdad, Iraq(60,000 MS) (1st prize).


  • 1993 – “Residential and Commercial Complex” in Riyadh- Saudi  Arabiafor Al -Riyadh Development Company (150,000MS) (1st prize).
  • 1991 – National Archeological Museum of Amman – Jordan (1st prize).
  • 1990 – Winner of the “Science and Space Complex” (The Science Oasis) for Al-Riyadh Development Authority (ADA).
  • 1990 – Al Jamaliya Urban Development Scheme in Cairo- Egypt. Financed by the French Government (1st prize).

Architectural Awards

  •  2007   “Al-Hussein Order for Distinguished contribution of the first degree” For his great distinguished efforts in enrichment of modern Islamic architecture
  • 1997 – Palestine Award for Architecture.
  • 1997 – Arabic Architect first prize-of Arab Housing Ministers Sponsored by Arab League/Cairo.
  • 1995 – The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, received for the design of the Grand Mosque of Riyadh and redevelopment of Riyadh Old City Center.
  • 1990 – Arab Architecture Award received in Morocco at the general conference of the Arab City Organization.

The Architecture of Rasem Badran

Narratives of Peoples and Places

James Steele

Rasem Badran’s influence is rapidly spreading throughout the developing world. His work involves the full spectrum of the built environment, from urban planning to individual residences. He concentrates on making architecture that meets the social and cultural requirements of the people who use it, as well as being place-specific in response to environmental conditions. Born in Jerusalem in 1945, Badran was educated in Ramallah and then in Germany, which had a profound impact on his approach to design. His well-balanced education, beginning with a traveling apprenticeship with his father and continuing through a fertile and exciting time of experimental architecture in Europe, has allowed him to weave a systematically rational, Western methodology with the intuitive traditions inherent in his own cultural background.

Badran designs buildings and environments that stand in stark contrast to self-conscious, anonymous architecture devoid of any reference to people, place, or culture. He offers a humane option to the deliberately commodified, blatantly branded, aesthetically objectified, and environmentally inarticulate architecture that is becoming the norm in the developed world today.

James Steele

“I considered architecture as an extension of humane morals, combining knowledge, conduct, culture and a sense of belonging . “

Rasem Badran

“I didn’t import any European styles, or schools of thought, but I dealt with the design process as an extension of what I had started in Europe:

  • To respect the environment with its socio-economic and political forces .
  • To find a basis for a comprehensive intellectual dialogue, By analyzing the problems and diagnosing their causes, By seeking solutions that stem  from  that environment itself.

A vocabulary is then devised which translate into built form the changing aspects and the continuities of civilization. “

Rasem Badran

“His designs combined traditional Arab Islamic architectural materials and styles with modernism, reinterpreting the past to serve the future. He defines his architecture as a continuous dialogue between contemporary needs and inherited traditional values.”

Salwa Mikdadi