Born in Madrid but raised in Asilah, Morocco, Youssef Melehi received his degree in architecture U.P.A 7 in Paris, and a M.Arch from Georgia Tech University in the US. In 1989, he won the prize for best young Arab architect from the Arab Council of Ministries of Urban Planning and Habitat, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for his work in Asilah.
Zahi, Sophia. "Youssef Melehi." AMush. May 31, 2012. Accessed November 30, 2017. http://www.amush.org/youssef-melehi/.
A three-storey, courtyard house occupies two thirds of an irregular plot, while the remaining space has been made into a garden. The central courtyard, covered by a pyramidal skylight, is lined on the first two levels with an arcaded gallery. The house includes reception, sitting and dining areas and a guest room on the ground floor, four bedrooms on the first floor, and a studio on the second floor.