Mohammed Fikri Benabdallah graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1980. Upon returning for Morocco, he joined the architecture division at the Ministry of Urban Planning in Rabat in 1981, supervising a major architectural research program for about a decade. In 1985, he was elected Secretary General of the Association Nationale des Architectes et Urbanistes, and in 1992 he joined the Conseil Supérieur de l’Ordre des Architectes. He is also a founding member of the Comité directeur du Forum des Architectes. Between 1985 and 2002, he taught at the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Rabat.
The Najjarin Funduq was built in 1711/1122 AH by Amin Adiyil during the reign of the 'Alawid Sultan Isma'il b. Muhammad I al-Sharif, al-Samin (1672-1727/1082-1139 AH). Located in the old city of Fez, or Fez al-Bali, the funduq opens onto the square of the Najjarin, or carpenters. It provided lodging and storage space for visiting merchants in three floors of rooms arranged around the central courtyard.
The funduq's monumental portal and the adjacent fountain are focal points of the small square of the carpenters, and are decorated with carved cedar wood, colourful mosaic tile revetment, and intricately carved stucco. Their decoration and forms create visual connections between the exterior space of the square and the interior space of the funduq's central courtyard, which is decorated with carved stucco and carved wooden balustrades.
The structure was completely restored between 1990/1410 AH and 1996/1416 AH. In 1998/1418 AH, as a result of a partnership between the Mohammed Karim Lamrani Foundation and Nejjarine Ensemble, the building now houses La Musée Nejjarine des Arts et Métiers du Bois, a private museum of Wood Arts and Crafts.
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