Born in Jerusalem in 1945, Rasem Badran received his school education in the nearby town of Ramallah and later in Germany where he graduated in Architecture in 1970. Following his graduation, he worked in Germany for two years and then returned to Jordan in 1973 where he has since been practising. In 1995, Badran was a recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Great Mosque of Riyadh and the Redevelopment of the Old City Centre.
An integrated urban project, providing cultural facilities and urban green spaces. Its core is the museum, designed to be interactive and informative using theatrical and multimedia techniques. The mosque, the library and the conference building extend the cultural influence of the centre. The project also conserved a group of adobe houses on the site as exemplars of the vernacular architecture of the region. They were originally programmed to be museums, but were ultimately put to more active use, as a reception centre for major events in the city.