Al-Alousi, Maath

(1938- )

Born in Baghdad in 1938, Iraqi architect and writer Maath al-Alousi studied in Ankara and London. He worked out of Beirut, Athens and Baghdad. His work is realistic both in the small-scale projects such as his own house on the Tigris, and in larger urban projects in Baghdad.

In 1976 he designed the Embassy of the
United Arab Emirates in Oman and various other projects for Doha, Sharjah, and Dubai: Deira Greek Corniche, Dubai, 1978; Banking Studies Center, Kuwait, 1980.

In 1982-1983 he designed changes in Medinat Saddam which helped upgrade and restore a complete neighborhood. In 1990 he built al-Basma Hospital in Baghdad, basing the design around a courtyard. He participated in the Baghdad urban renewal with the Haifa Street Development, a large public housing development, 1980-1984.