The most established figure on the Jordanian architecture scene, Jafar Tukan runs a thriving practice in Amman. Born in Jerusalem in 1938, Tukan went to school at the Al-Najah National College in Nablus until he joined the American University in Beirut in 1955, graduating in 1960.
He worked for the Jordanian Ministry of Public Works as a design architect, and then joined the firm Dar Al-Handasah Consulting Engineers at their headquarter offices in Beirut. In 1968, he established a private practice in Beirut, and in 1973, formed the partnership Rais and Tukan Architects, which was later changed to Jafar Tukan and Partners Architects and Engineers and relocated to Amman. Mr. Tukan's work has extended to nearly all aspects of architecture and planning, and amongst his most notable projects are the new City Hall for Amman (1997), prototype kindergarten schools in Dubai (1980), the Jubilee High School in Amman (1999), and the SOS Children's Village (1991) in Aqaba, Jordan, which was presented with an Aga Khan Award for Architecture during 2001. Mr. Tukan is active in professional organisations for architecture, engineering, protection of the historic built environment, and the fine arts in Jordan and Lebanon.