Ammar Khammash is a Jordanian architect, photographer, designer, and artist, He has completed several large-scale projects renovating ancient structures and churches throughout Jordan. He obtained a B.A. in architecture from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in the United States in 1986, and he studied ethnoarchaeology at the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmuk University in Irbid, Jordan in 1987 and 1988. Khammash has been involved with a number of significant historical-architectural constructions and renovations in Jordan that combine his architectural skills with his passion for historical preservation.
Khammash established Ammar Khammash Architects, a practice in Amman that encompasses more than just architecture; rather, his company helps clients with circulation and landscape management, building design, and interior design. He is one of Jordan’s most noted architects, and also an accomplished artist and photographer. Since 1990, he has mounted a number of solo exhibitions of his paintings in Jordan, India, the United States, and Germany.
for an Academy was originally proposed to be on a site inside a nature
conservancy reserve, but the architect convinced the client to use an adjacent
abandoned quarry which is outside the reserve. The basic philosophy was that
the building would use the parts of nature which have been injured in the past,
instead of adding a new intervention on virgin land. Encompassing an academy that
provides educational programmes on environment and features a high-end
restaurant and craft, the Academy follows a quarry cliff cut-line, creating a
linear addition of constructed stone to the bedrock. Arrival is via a stone
bridge spanning 30 metres and the longest in Jordan to the mid-point between
the restaurant and the Academy. The massive southern facade consists of very
small windows with giant vertical blade-like stone cracks shearing into zero
width.Corridors are defined by a crack in the ceiling that lets natural
sunlight in. On the opposite side, the Academy touches the forest.. The project
illustrates how to use abandoned quarries that are found in the surrounding
mountains in large numbers of 100 or more.