Rifat Chadirji

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Rifat Chadirji
Born (1926-12-06) December 6, 1926 (age 90)
Baghdad, Mandatory Iraq
Nationality Iraqi
Occupation Architect
Awards Aga Khan Award for Architecture

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. [1] [2]


Site Location Country
Central Post Office Baghdad Iraq
Hamood Villa Baghdad Iraq
National Insurance Company Mosul Iraq
Offices and Tobacco Warehouses Baghdad Iraq
the Unknown Soldier Baghdad Iraq


Associated publications[edit]

His publications are primarily in Arabic and include:

  • al-Ukhaidar and the Crystal Palace (1991)
  • A Dialogue on the Structure of Art and Architecture (1995).[4]
  • Regenerative approaches to mosque design-competition to State Mosque, Baghdad. In Mimar 1984,11 page 44-63 ISSN 0129-8372.
  • Concepts & Influences: Towards a Regionalized International Architecture, 1987.ISBN no. 0-7103-0180-4.
  • Internationalised Tradition in Architecture, 1988. ISBN no. 1-85035-146-5.[1]
Author Title Year
Chadirji, Rifat Introduction to Urban Design and Architecture in Lebanon 2004
Chadirji, Rifat Medina Interviews Architect 1999
Khan, Hasan-Uddin Regional Modernism: Rifat Chadirji's Portfolio of Etchings 1984
Chadirji, Rifat Concepts and Influences 1986[5]




  1. ^ a b c Rifat Chadirji at the archINFORM database.
  2. ^ http://archnet.org/authorities/11
  3. ^ a b http://www.archnet.org/library/parties/one-party.jsp?party_id=13
  4. ^ http://www.csbe.org/avisors2.htm, The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE)
  5. ^ "Rifat Chadirji Architect, Iraq". architectural-world. May 2005. Retrieved March 3, 2011.