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The Nature-Oriented Designs of Palestinian Architect Ammar Khammash

Aside from being an acclaimed architect, Khammash was also a painter, archeologist and jewellery designer.

Karim Abdullatif

Palestinian-Jordanian architect Ammar Khammash built his reputation on dirt, mud and earth. The award-winning architect laid the foundation for eco-tourism in Jordan, while grabbing the world’s attention with his work on the Nazareth Mosque in Palestine, in close proximity to the Church of Annunciation.

After studying architecture in the United States, Khammash’s career kicked off with restoration projects in Jordan. At a time when quarries were stopped due to environmental concerns, they remained abandoned cuts in the landscape until Khammash made them the sole focus of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, one of Jordan’s first eco-tourism sites.

Wadi Feynan ecolodge also displayed his ability of integrating nature and its surroundings within his designs. Relying on local building traditions and craftsmanship that’s unique to Jordan, as well as ecological and social sustainability, Khammash amplified interest in the natural history of Jordan, its landscapes and geology.

Aside from being an acclaimed architect, Khammash was also a painter, archeologist and jewellery designer. His firm, Khammash Architects, designed the fourth edition of the Jordanian paper currency.

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