Ziad Aazam is an architect with a professional degree in architecture from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA (B.Arch, 1989) and a Master of Business Administration from the European University in Paris, France (MBA, 1991). He practiced architecture in Honolulu, HI, USA and Jeddah, Al-Hijaz, Saudi Arabia. His shift to academia started by teaching design at the School of Environmental Design in Jeddah.
The research aims at understanding spatial, temporal and cultural meanings of the building type. The congregation mosque type, as a living tradition, is analysed for its socio-spatial properties, in which space syntax theories and methodologies are applied. The objective is to contribute to the knowledge of this building type, by investigating these properties at the settlement, context, and building levels, in the context of cultural diversity and historical continuity.