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 of the 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.
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Architect’s Record of Dar Benaissa II. Courtesy of Architect (submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), 1988.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the architects of projects engaged in the nomination process receive an Award documentation package which describes the standardised presentation requirements. In addition to submitting photographs, slides, and architectural drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed Architect's Record pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context.