Meet Mahmoud Bodo, The Man who design Tent City in Mina, Umbrellas in Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Clock Tower

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Mahmoud Bodo Rasch is the Founder of SL Rasch GmbH Special and Lightweight Structures. He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and was guest lecturer at the University of Texas, at Austin. In 1974, he reverted to Islam. A year later, Rasch sealed a partnership with Saudi architect Sami Angawi, and the duo founded the Hajj Research Center at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah.

Dr Mahmoud Rasch founded architectural practice Rasch & Associates in 1980 and the firm Sonderkonstruktionen und Leichtbau (SL GmbH) in 1991, which was renamed SL Rasch GmbH Special & Lightweight Structures in 1998.

Rasch’s many years of engagement in the Near East and the implementation of extremely adaptable lightweight structures have led to being assigned by the Saudi government for some spectacular major projects for the holy sites of Islam, including the umbrellas in the piazza of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the world’s largest Tent City in Mina, and the Makkah Clock Tower – the world’s biggest.

Today the company is headed by the founder’s son, Mustafa Rasch.

SOURCE: Haramain Archive

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