Omrania & Associates and the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) initiated in 2008 an Award for the best architectural graduation projects for Jordanian students. The intention was to recognize quality in the teaching of architecture and to encourage students to excel in their design performance. In 2009, the award was opened up to students of architecture throughout the Arab World.
This Award provides a unique opportunity for recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching architectural design, and also in honoring recently-graduating students as well as their instructors and universities. It also promotes healthy competition among architectural programs in the Arab World, and helps focus attention on the process of architectural education there identifying relevant opportunities and challenges.