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 published in both Arabic and English on the architecture of the Islamic world, in books and academic and professional journals. He is the author of Old Houses of Jordan: Amman 1920-1950 (1997) and Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East (2012); and co-author, with Ghazi Bisheh and Fawzi Zayadine, of The Umayyads: The Rise of Islamic Art (2000) and, with Sahel Al Hiyari and Álvaro Siza, of Sahel Al Hiyari Projects (2005). He has also edited the proceedings of three Aga Khan Award for Architecture seminars: Shaping Cities: Emerging Models of Planning Practices (2016), Workplaces: The Transformation of Places of Production: Industrialization and the Built Environment in the Islamic World (2010) and (co-edited with Majd Musa) Architectural Journalism and Criticism: Global Perspectives (2007).
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.
Drawings of Jerusalem -- Byzantine, Umayyad, and Fatimid Periods. Courtesy of Architect (submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), 1995.
This is file is a
Windows self-extracting folder consisting of 29 files. 24 of these are AutoCad
drawing (dwg) files, one is an AutoCad xref log (xlg) file, and three are
AutoCad script (scr) files. The files present reconstructions of the major
urban and architectural components of the city of Jerusalem during the
Byzantine, Umayyad, and Fatimid periods.
In order to view the reconstruction of the city
in any of these three periods, open the master file, jer1.dwg, then freeze
all layers (except for layer 0, which is the current layer), type in the
"script" command, and choose "Byzantine," "Umayyad,"
or "Fatimid," depending on the period you wish to view. From
there use the Zoom - Extents command to obtain a bird's-eye view of the whole
One can also view any of the drawing files
separately. In this context, please note that, for these files, the layers
containing the word "plan" consist of plan drawings, and the layers
containing the letters "sur" consist of three dimensional drawings. A
description of the layers is as follows:
Aqsa3.dwg: al-Aqsa Mosque during the Umayyad period Aqsafat.dwg:
al-Aqsa Mosque during the Fatimid period Barclay.dwg:
Barclay's Gate Church.dwg:
Smaller Byzantine churches of the city Contour.dwg:
Topography of the city Dome3.dwg:
Dome of the Rock Double.dwg:
Double Gate Fabric.dwg:
Urban fabric located between al-Haram and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Gatefat.dwg:
Fatimid gate leading to al-Haram Golden.dwg:
Golden Gate Miraj.dwg:
Dome of the Miraj Mizan.dwg:
Dome of the Mizan Nabiyy.dwg:
Dome of the Prophet Nea.dwg:
Nea Church (New Church of the Virgin Mary) Riwaq.dwg:
Fatimid arcades in al-Haram Sepul.dwg:
Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Byzantine and Umayyad periods Sepulfat.dwg:
Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Fatimid period Silsila.dwg:
Dome of the Chain Stables.dwg:
Stables of Solomon Street.dwg:
City streets Ummpal.dwg:
Umayyad Palaces Wall1.dwg:
City walls and gates Wall2.dwg:
City walls and gates from the Umayyad and Byzantine periods Wallfat.dwg:
City walls and gates from the Fatimid period
additional information about these drawings and about the reconstruction of the
city of Jerusalem during the Byzantine, Umayyad, and Fatimid periods, see Oleg
Grabar, The Shape of the Holy: Early Islamic Jerusalem. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton
University Press, 1996.