The award-winning Palestinian architect Rasem Badran has long been considered a pioneer of modern Islamic architecture. The recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995 for the Great Mosque of Riyadh, Badran has spent the better part of his career designing urban-scale developments and private residences across Saudi Arabia, as well as private projects for government authorities in other parts of the GCC. His office, Dar Al Omran, has three branches across the Middle East, from Jordan to Saudi Arabia to the UAE. In addition to his built work, Badran further contributes to regional architecture through public talks and engagement with regional initiatives, like the Tamayouz Excellence Award. At the end of 2017, Badran was nominated for the Nile Award by The Society of Egyptian Architects for his outstanding achievements and contribution to art and architecture. The announcement will be made by March 2018.