Rifat Chadirji (Arabic: رفعت الجادرجي) was born on December 6, 1926 in Baghdad, is an Iraqi architect, photographer, author and activist. He is admired as the greatest modern architect of Iraq, and taught at the Baghdad School of Architecture for many years. He, along with his brother Kamil Chadirji, documented much of Baghdad and the larger region of Iraq and Syria by photograph, fearing the regional architecture and monuments would be lost to the development that was coming with the oil boom starting in the 1920s. Rifat Chadirji's architecture is inspired by the characteristics of regional Iraqi architecture, and the time tested intelligence inherent in it. His Tobacco Warehouse, along with his other great works, are informed by natural ventilation and an architectural language of arches and monolithic piers that remind one of the great Iraqi architectural history.