Mohammad al-Asad is a Jordanian architect and architectural historian. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman. Dr. al-Asad studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and history of architecture at Harvard University, before taking post-doctoral research positions at Harvard and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
He has taught at the University of Jordan, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was Alan K. and Leonarda Laing Distinguished Visiting Professor. He was also an adjunct professor at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Dr. al-Asad has been a member of the board of directors of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, part of the Royal Society for Fine Arts. He served as a project reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 1989, 1995, 1998, 2004 and 2007 Award cycles, and was a member of the Steering Committee in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Gulru Necipoglu, The Topkapi Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture (Santa Monica, California: The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1995).
This record contains an AutoCAD file with drawings of muqarnas. Click the download button to download a zipped file containing the .dwg file.
The layers containing the word "row" represent the various rows of which the muqarnas consists. The layer "plan" consists of the plan of the muqarnas, and the layer "grid" of the grid organizing the plan. There is also a layer by the name "copy." This contains half of the three-dimensional drawing of the muqarnas.
The historical plan represents a quarter of a muqarnas dome. This was copied to make it a half of a muqarnas dome since these vaults are usually used as half domes.