Jamal El Karkouri, standard-bearer of Moroccan architecture

The brain drain is a growing challenge for Morocco. Doctors, engineers, technicians and even students leave the country in order to seek a better opportunity for development and integration, certainly in other places.

However, other cases arise and stand out, these are Moroccans residing abroad who join Morocco to share their know-how, contribute to the development of their country of origin, and generate opportunities for their compatriots. Such is the case of the brilliant Architect – Designer, Jamal El Karkouri.

Thanks to his talent, the Moroccan architect Jamal El Karkouri was able to easily convince various international juries of the excellence and meticulousness of his projects. Very proud, El Karkouri returns in a statement to MoroccoLatestNews, on the prizes he has won internationally since his return to the country, to which he has contributed in a personal capacity, and which he dedicates on behalf of his native country, the Morocco.

Through his testimony, he specifies that “For the first prize, it is the DIWAN AWARD BERLIN 2017, which I had in the category of architecture”. The Diwan Awards being a considerable event in view of the world of Architecture, it rewards the professional achievements of German-Moroccan skills, allowing in this sense, to set an example for the younger generations.

The second prize won by Jamal El Karkouri was the “African Property Awards”, which was won in London in 2020. His agency, having competed alongside representatives from 25 countries, was able to fully distinguish itself. “It’s an event 100% dedicated to architects, where I won the prize in the category of cultural and leisure projects. I participated by presenting the project of the Theater and Cultural Complex of Kenitra”, confides the Architect who proudly declares to have had the “badge of honor” by presenting this project also in front of King Mohammed VI.

Regarding his 3rd prize, the Moroccan Architect specifies that it is the one received in Dubai in 2022. project of the agrifood factory of the Danone plant in Meknes”, he underlines.

He adds that “the last two projects mentioned have been tested by an English organization which invites architects from all over the world to present their completed works, which must meet the design criteria and integration of ideas into the project. The latter are divided into different categories and are selected and judged by a jury composed of neutral specialists who can study and evaluate these projects”.

The experiences and skills that Jamal El Karkouri has accumulated since the beginning of his career have enabled him to carry out a large number of projects in several sectors, whether cultural, industrial, sports, tourist, residential or urban planning.
The renowned architect has also won other architectural projects on a continental scale in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Gabon, which are in progress.

Jamal El Karkouri studied architecture at the Higher University RWTH-Aachen in Germany, an institution in which studied the great and famous Mies Van Der Rohe, creator of the BAUHAUS, and native of the same city of Aachen. He worked in his host country for 12 years in many offices and architectural firms that manage the largest projects in the federal republic.

However, he made the decision to return to Morocco and found his own architectural firm, in order to carry out a number of projects, including the Theater and Cultural Complex of Kenitra, the agri-food factory of the Centrale Danone in Meknes, sports hall, youth center, courthouse, tourist and residential complexes, etc.

The architect, based in Kenitra, has brought together a work team made up of young architects, interior designers, designers, and specialized technicians, whom he describes as “innovators capable of achieving other successes in the future, by exporting Moroccan architecture abroad, and not only by promoting it at the national level”.

Its agency in Morocco is “considered as one of the main institutions of Moroccan Architecture and Urbanism in the implementation of major projects at national and international level, because it relies on the mixture between authentic Moroccan architecture distinguished by its ancient art, and German architecture known for its functionality and technology”.

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