Perhaps the most vivid memory i have of Mohamed Al Mufti (We used to call him ‘Momo’) is the day he finished reading the French version of Ayn Rand’s epic “The Fountainhead” (French title: “La Source vive”). It was late night on “The Bronx” A locally famous Studio 14 (“Atelier 14”) mezzanine of The ENSA-V. After reading the very last words of the Novel, Momo solenly declared that “Every Architect that respects himself should read that”. I did. Not because he said so, it was an old friend of mine who had sent it to me 2 years later as a birthday present. When i read it, (Being still an Architecture student at the time) i understood why Momo liked it so much. Momo was, and still is, a man with a well defined set of values. Quite like Howard Roark.
Momo was a skillful “pre-CGI era” architectural perspective artist. The perspectives he could draft rapidly with a pencil and some crayons could take even the most mediocre of designs and make it look appealing and brilliant. People knew that, and his perspectives would appear on many Diploma projects. His style is so distinguishable that the professors used to approach the panels and say “that’s a Momo, Right?” His images were his trademark.
There are many currents and trends in architecture today. But the only viable style is quality. I always felt “Levi’s” slogan “Quality never goes out of style” should have been the architecture world motto. I definately think Mohamed Al Mufti’s architecture is fullfilng just that premise. Architects and architecture critics tend to “over verbalize” designs. I think this architecture speaks very well for itself.
Mohamed Al Mufti has Offices in Paris and in Damascus. Visit his newly created site to see some more of his work and Art.