Industry: Culture & Society
Country: Saudi Arabia
Sami Angawi is a prominent architect in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia. In 1975 Angawi, who studied architecture in the United Kingdom and the United States, founded the Haj Research Center.
Dr Sami Angawi has a Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. Since 1988 he has been the Founder and General Director of the Amar Center for Architectural Heritage in charge of supervising all activities in areas of architectural designs, planning, conservation and development of architectural heritage, documentation of traditional architecture and analyzing its elements, research work in the fields of restoration of traditional architectural heritage and its relation to environmental and socio-economic factors, traditional arts and crafts. The Amar Center for Architectural Heritage is a private organisation located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Center has developed architectural library containing more than 50,000 images of traditional architectural elements and buildings stored in the computer using the laser disc technology, as well as a library of architectural drawings of many elements with varying designs and styles.