Dr. M.A. Yaghan,
Muqarnas for Design
P.O.Box 142042,
Bayadir Wadi elSir,
Amman 11814,
Tel : 00962-6-5859373
Fax: 00962-6-5855676

Dr. Mohammad Ali Yaghan


Ph.D. in Design
1993-1997 Institute of Art and Design - University of Tsukuba Japan
  • Specializing in the field of Islamic of Architecture and Computer Aided Design.
  • The thesis is entitled "The Islamic Architectural Element "Muqarnas": Definition, Geometrical Analysis, and a Computer Generation System."
M.Sc. in CABD (Computer Aided Building Design)
1987-1988 University of Strathclyde U.K.
  • The thesis is entitled: "Islamic Geometrical Pattern Generation System: Theory and Application."
B.Sc. in Architecture
1982-1987 University of Jordan Jordan

Professional Experience:

Nov.2006-present Muqarnas for design Jordan
Associate Professor
Sep.2007-present College of Architecture and Design, German Jordanin Univeristy Jordan
Associate Professor - Dean
Oct.2003-Sep.2007 College of Architecture and Arts, University of Petra Jordan
Associate Professor
Dec.2002-Oct.2003 College of Architecture and Planning, King Saud University Saudi Arabia
Assistant Professor
Sep.1998-Present College of Architecture and Planning, King Saud University Saudi Arabia
Assistant Professor
July 1997 - Aug.1998 College of Architecture and Arts, University of Petra Jordan
Sep. 1991- Sep.1993 College of Architecture and Arts, University of Petra Jordan
Jan.1990 - Aug.1991 Department of Architecture, Jordan University for Science and Technology Jordan
Dec.1988 - Jan.1990 Jardaneh and Co. Engineering firm Jordan


  • "'Arabizi': A Contemporary Style of Arabic Slang." Design Issues, spring 2008, Vol. 24, No. 2, 39-52.
  • "Self-Supporting “Genuine” Muqarnas Units."Architectural Science Review 48.3, Sept. 2005, 245-255.
  • "Gadrooned Dome's Muqarnas Corbel." Architectural Science Review,46.1, March 2003, 69-88.
  • Muqarnas, Phoibos Verlag, Vienna 2001.
  • "The Muqarnas Pre-designed Erecting Units: Analysis, Definition of the Generic Set of Units, and a System of Unit-Creation as a New Evolutionary Step." Architectural Science Review,44.3, September 2001.
  • "Teaching Architectural-Visual-Experience Through Virtual Reality Using VRML: Muqarnas Example." The Proceedings of the Symposium on the Development of Engineering and Environmental Design Education, College of Engineering and College of Environmental Design - King Abdulaziz Univesity-Jeddah-Saudi Arabia, 12-14 February 2001, 87-97.
  • "Decoding the Two-dimensional Pattern Found at Takht-i Sulayman into Three-dimensional Muqarnas Forms." Iran, XXXVIII, 2000, 77-95.
  • "Arch-Creating Software." Journal of King Saud University-Architecture and Planning, vol. 12, Architecture and Planning, 2000,1-36.
  • "Structural Genuine Muqarnas Dome: Definition, Unit Analysis, and a Computer Generation System." Journal of King Saud University, vol. 10, Architecture and Planning, 1998,17-52.
  • "The Design of An Arch-Creating Software As a Model For CAD Applications in Architecture." The proceedings of The Third International Conference on Resent Trends in Computer Science Applications and Information Systems, Philadelphia University, Jordan, 1998, pp. 71-80.
  • "Muqarnas Typology: A Tool for Definition and a Step in Creating a Computer Algorithm for Muqarnas Generation System." With Mitsui Hideki. In The Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the JSSD [Japanese Society for the Science of Design], p. 156. Oct. 1995.


  • Member of the advisory board of the Architectural Science Review 2004-5
  • Member of the Jordan Engineer Association
  • Member of the Japanese Society for the Science of Design


  • A Constructive Toy, a Ministry of Trade and Commerce patent, Amman, Jordan.


  • "Geometrical Dual Vision-Islamic Art and Computers," University of Tsukuba, June 28 to July the first, 1994. A one-man show.
  • "Katachi U Symmetry": An exhibition of the international symposium held in University of Tsukuba November 21-25, 1994. Participating with three-dimensional muqarnas forms.
  • The Exhibition of the "Symposium on Mosque Architecture," held in King Saud University, Jan.30-Feb.3, 1999. Participating with 3 posters.

Computer Skills:

  • Programming Languages: ActionScript, LISP, AUTOLISP, Visual Basic, HTML, and VRML
  • Graphic Applications: AutoCAD, Flash, 3DMax, Photoshop, Illustrator.
  • Projects:
    • The Design of five new Arabic fonts
    • A commercial program for muqarnas design.
    • A commercial program for designing arches.
    • A software package for creating muqarnas forms. "Structural Genuine Muqarnas Dome," A program for creating a special type of muqarnas.

Language Skills:

  • Arabic as a mother language
  • English as a second language
  • Japanese (with the ability to lead a conversation and read and write simple texts - and intensive and other courses at the University of Tsukuba).
  • French (basic level)

Current Research:

  • "Computerizing the Arabic Thuluth Font."
  • "Muqarnas-Decoding Program"

Research Interest:

  • Muqarans, Islamic Art and Architecture, and Arabic Calligraphy.
  • CAD, and Virtual Reality.

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