Born in Jerusalem in 1945, Rasem Badran received his school education in the nearby town of Ramallah and later in Germany where he graduated in Architecture in 1970. Following his graduation, he worked in Germany for two years and then returned to Jordan in 1973 where he has since been practising. In 1995, Badran was a recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Great Mosque of Riyadh and the Redevelopment of the Old City Centre. (Source: AKTC)
Firm with Laith Shubeilat, formerly named Shubeilat Badran Associates, renamed Dar al-Omran.
The 11,000 m2 building site is located in a low density, residential area on the outskirts of Amman and is surrounded by main and secondary streets. The completed kindergarten and primary school comprises two sections. The school is characterized by a spinal pedestrian mall connecting the various courts and pathways. The kindergarten is a cluster of octagonal modules of various heights arranged around a network of courts and walkways. The modules are used to house activity and dining rooms in addition to a kitchen. A central cluster rises to three storeys. The taller, primary school adjacent to the kindergarten rises to four storeys. It contains one main building and a separate library. From the exterior, the kindergarten and primary school are integrated by the consistent use of large circular or semi-circular windows with grills. Reinforced concrete columns, slab, and beam construction construction have been used for the structural system. Exterior façades are of traditional stone.