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In pictures: 10 works by the late, great Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji

Take a look back at some of the works by the noted master of 'international regionalism'

Celebrated Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji died on Friday, April 10, aged 93.

He was the mind behind the design of more than 100 buildings across Iraq, including the Tobacco Monopoly Headquarters, the Central Post Office in Baghdad and the National Insurance Company in Mosul.

Chadirji's style has been described as "international regionalism".

"From the very outset of my practice, I thought it imperative that, sooner or later, Iraq create for itself an architecture regional in character yet simultaneously modern, part of the current international avant-garde style," he said of the description of his work.

Click through the gallery above to see some of his most notable architectural works.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 24, 2009, Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji is pictured at his home office in the coastal Lebanese town of Halat. The "father" of Iraqi modern architecture, Rifat Chadirji, died late on April 10 in the United Kingdom after contracting the novel coronavirus, friends and Iraqi officials said. / AFP / Joseph EID
Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji in 2009. AFP

In 2017, to mark his 90th birthday, the Rifat Chadirji Prize was launched under the Tamayouz Excellence Award programme, an international award championing the best of architecture in Iraq and worldwide.

"The prize is named after Dr Rifat Chadirji, the great Iraqi architect whose influence and importance is far beyond built work," organisers said.

"The Rifat Chadirji Prize is a thematic open international prize that focuses on proposing designs responding to local challenges in Iraq.

"This prize aims to introduce Iraq and its challenges to the world and invite them to submit their ideas and to establish an uncompromising open source of ideas tackling social issues in Iraq through design."

Updated: April 13, 2020 10:32 AM

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