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 Maison Du Maroc is part of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, opened in October 1953. It was constructed with funding from Mohammed V, King of Morocco, who financed the first edirice, and Jean Walter, who had made his from the mining company he owned in Zellidja, south of Oujda in eastern Morocco, who financed the second wing. Walter also went on to be an architect in his own right. Renovations made in 1982 by Andre Paccard added the patio to the building. Further renovations were made in 1992, 2002, and 2008, overseen by Moroccan architect Mohammed Fikri Benabdallah.
Originally the first wing of the residence had 161 rooms for student housing; the second wing had 48 The second wave of renovations created 53 studio flats with kitchenettes and bathrooms in the second wing. In addition to lodging, the Maison du Maroc has a library and space for cultural activities.
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