Born in Madrid but raised in Asilah, Morocco, Youssef Melehi received his degree in architecture U.P.A 7 in Paris, and a M.Arch from Georgia Tech University in the US. In 1989, he won the prize for best young Arab architect from the Arab Council of Ministries of Urban Planning and Habitat, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for his work in Asilah.
Zahi, Sophia. "Youssef Melehi." AMush. May 31, 2012. Accessed November 30, 2017. http://www.amush.org/youssef-melehi/.
A new railway station has been inserted in roughly ten hectares of track and switching yards in Marrakesh, providing a modern facility the designers hope will be emblematic of the city. The designs include references to the Almohad gate, Jamaa al Fna, and other urban landmarks in Marrakesh. The architects have also followed an urbanistic program that responds to the street grid: the site internalises external streets, and interfaces with pedestrian and vehicular access. It is estimated that 60% of the costs of construction have been covered by rents for commercial spaces - shops and restaurants - and it is also estimated that two thirds of visitors to the station are non-travellers.