AEB’s Research Department plays a vital role in the firm’s everyday decision-making, productivity and concept design.
This department focuses on the research and analysis of various types of historic architectural structures in Qatar. The data collected is studied and compared to the traditional architecture of other Gulf countries, identifying unique characteristics of the Qatari model, and of Islamic Architecture as a whole. Through this work, AEB is able to chart the development of Qatar, and predict its future development as various factors influence its economic, social and cultural growth.

This research enables the firm to create contemporary, yet authentic, Qatari architecture designed in the context of culture and climate. This results in buildings that remain in harmony with their surrounding for many years to come.
AEB’s Research Department is born out of the passion of AEB’s CEO and Chief Architect, Ibrahim M. Jaidah, who frequently gives lectures to students on this subject. It is also the responsibility of this department to liaise and provide support to leading international academic institutions.

History of Qatari Architecture

In January 2010 Ibrahim M. Jaidah’s commitment to cultural awareness and growth, and his passion for research resulted in the publication a book titled History of Qatari Architecture. This book is intended to become the key reference work for the subject, including being used for educational purposes. It is a part of Ibrahim M. Jaidah’s legacy and is dedicated to those who built the unique buildings of the past and those who strive to become the great architects of the future.

History of Qatari Architecture is the first book to examine the geographical, historical and functional aspects of architecture in Qatar. Historically, the urban development of Qatar’s cities and villages was based on the creation of agglomerations of housing units. These were the essence of traditional Qatari architecture. Derived from a combination of factors like religion, privacy and the extended family, these agglomerations were the architecture of social values.