When architect Zaid Masannat designed the Petra Visitor Center in 2014, the foremost attraction in Jordan and the jewel in the crown in Jordanian tourism, he embarked on a journey of discovery that would take him deep into museum and exhibit design. The Petra Visitor Center was the first world-class museum exhibit about Petra (later replaced by the Petra Museum in 2019). He then designed the Jerash visitor Center with the same flare for museum and exhibit design integrated with the story telling and interpretation of the site.
Between the years 2019-2019 Zaid worked on a number of museums and exhibit designs:
- The Petra Visitor Center
- Jerash Visitor Center
- Sharif Hussein Museum in Aqaba, Jordan.
- Jordan Tourism Board international trade shows booths
- USAID Water Operators Project trade show exhibit
- The Ottoman Building in Jerash
- Member of steering committee for the design of the Founding King’s Palace Museum in Maan, Jordan.
- Worked with a team from the Smithsonian Institute (Washington DC) and Think Design (New York) on schemes to upgrade the Jordan Museum.
- Currently working with Maisam Architects on the design of Deiseh Museum in Wadi Rum.
Zaid’s passion for graphic design, architecture and museum design helped place him on the map as one of Jordan’s few museum design experts.