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.
This complex is part of the Saudi National Museum and is built over the old King Abdul Aziz quarter, a mud brick ensemble dating from the early 1900s. The project contains a memorial hall, a car exhibition, an academic section, and a recreational garden, and is designed to wrap the existing mud brick structure with a new envelope to achieve urban and temporal continuity.