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Dr. Rasem Badran, received his degree in architecture from the University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany. Holds an honorary PhD in Architectural Design from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and a recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the design of the Grand Mosque of Riyadh and redevelopment of Riyadh Old City Center. Dr.Badran is an architect whose works are based on a methodological approach in defining Architecture as a continuous dialogue between contemporary needs and historical inherited cultural values. He founded the regional architecture, planning and engineering office Dar Al-Omran in 1980.
The colossal vocabularies of a mosque take on more than one dimension, the most important of which is the relationship of the mosque with its surroundings, a ‘harmony’ which initiates the seeds for a rather strong relationship to exist between the mosque and its surroundings. An architectural design that has at its stake ‘modesty’, instead of “monumentality”, that respects the contemporary values of a particular region as well as enriches the social environment and ‘cultural heritage’ of each place. A composition that adjusts the space to a human scale, by breaking the internal space with columns that bring one closer to the corners of “the house of God"