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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is deeply rooted in the belief that our architectural work should strive for humanity and sensitivity to the living environment, inspired by Dr. Rasem Badran's school of thought. At DAO, we continuously explore living models and paradigms to prevent cities or buildings from becoming monotonous, lifeless, and devoid of identity. This ideology stems from understanding who we are as people or who we are designing for while considering where we are located or for which place we are creating.

Our mission is to develop human and environment-friendly architecture in Saudi Arabia that is not imposing but welcoming, fostering social cohesion and inclusion rather than segregation. We prioritize sustainable design that encompasses not only climate and environmental factors but also social and cultural sustainability. By specializing in Architecture for Islamic civilizations, including Najdi, Hejazi, and Salmani styles, we aim to create spaces that reflect our deep understanding of local heritage and traditions.

In summary, our philosophy revolves around creating value through design, adding meaning as another dimension, and enriching the sense of belonging to places. As a leading Architecture & Engineering consultancy, we work with multidisciplinary teams of engineering consultants in Riyadh, Jeddah, and throughout Saudi Arabia to achieve these goals and set the benchmark for excellence in the industry.

Rasem Badran

Dr. Rasem Badran

Founder & Principal Architect 

Born in 1945, the internationally renowned Palestinian-Jordanian architect, Dr. Rasem Badran, graduated with B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from the Technical University T.H. of Darmstad, Germany in 1970. He received an honorary PhD in Architectural design from the Jordan University of Science and for his achievements in the field of Architectural Design and theory in 2002.
Dr. Rasem Badran’s works are based on a methodological approach in defining Architecture as a continuous dialogue between contemporary needs and historical inherited cultural values. His belief shaped our path at DAR AL OMRAN “We derive from the past what we design for today to withstand the future.” The team of highly qualified architects design contemporary solutions derived from regional and cultural heritage that is compatible with the local environment.
Dr. Rasem Badran’s is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Tamayouz Lifetime Achievement Award for Architecture.

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About us

At DAO, we are a group of multidisciplinary architecture & engineering consultants based in Saudi Arabia, comprising trusted planners, architects, designers, engineers, scientists, and environmentalists. Our collaborative approach embraces shifting paradigms that foster alliances between professionals from different fields, ensuring comprehensive understanding and expertise in every project.

Our extensive track record showcases our proficiency in various building and infrastructural projects. We offer a wide range of professional services, including Urban Planning and Design, Architectural and Engineering Design, Landscape Design, and Interior Design. With our teams in Riyadh, Jeddah, and across the country, we are dedicated to delivering sustainable and culturally sensitive solutions that cater to our clients' unique needs, reflecting our deep understanding of local styles and heritage.



Planning &

Urban Design





infrastructure design



building information modeling


Information Modeling

Quantity Surveying

& Cost Management

technical assistance



Sustainability &

Green Design

drone surveying




project management



Design Review

& Verification

Construction Management

& Supervision

3d laser scanning

3d Laser


Landscape design



Aga Khan Award For Architecture
Jordan Engineers Assosciation
otherways management and consulting
world of facades
Internationl Property Awards
International Council of Shopping Centers
arab architects awards
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Our Achievements

DAO is ISO 9001 certified since 1998, and has a Quality Management Certificate that meets the new requirements and standards of ISO 9001:2015, ISO14001, and ISO 45001. DAO is also annually ranked among the top 225 international design firms (2021) in the Engineering New Record (ENR) survey.

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