Mohamed Makiya was a master of incorporating traditional styles into modern architecture, whose work metamorphised Abbasid forms into modern architecture. For Makiya, the continuity of tradition as a ‘living dimension’ was the justification for his work. Mohamad Makiya was also revered as a teacher who inspired hundreds of students of architecture in Iraq, where he set up the first Department of Architecture in Baghdad University in 1959. He was also a promoter of Iraqi art, which he displayed at his Kufa Gallery in London that had been set up to build a bridge between the East and the West. This compelling biography reveals the life of a visionary who achieved remarkable feats in Iraq and whose philosophy and humanity crossed all borders and cultures.