Founder & Trustee

Tarik A. Alireza, was born in Cairo, raised and educated in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Switzerland and the USA. He completed a degree in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Alireza worked with John Laing Design Associates, London, and then Robert Matthew-Johnson Marshall (RMJM) in Cambridge on residential, commercial and industrial projects in the UK and Saudi Arabia. Further he participated in RMJM’s master planning project in the Western Province of Saudi Arabia for the Deputy Ministry of Municipalities, Ministry of Interior. In 1977, he established Tarik Ali Alireza Consulting Engineers, a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering practise with offices in Jeddah and later Athens, Greece. The international and Saudi Arabia based projects have included private residential, housing complexes, commercial towers, touristic resorts and most recently, museums. Al Daama Co. Ltd. was established in 2001 to work in tandem with the design office on projects incorporating traditional heritage arts and crafts from throughout the Islamic world. Between 2006-2008, Tarik Alireza Consulting Engineers acted as advisors to the developers WTD/Colony Capital for master planning, project planning and concept design of a number of mixed-use development projects in Jeddah and Riyadh. Tarik Alireza served as member of the first Board of Directors of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (2000-2004). Tarik Alireza is a member of the Board of Directors of Haji Abdullah Alireza & Co. Ltd., the oldest family business in Saudi Arabia, with a history dating back over one and a half centuries. Tarik is a founding member and Trustee of the Barakat Trust and for over 50 years has been an avid collector of classical philately and the postal history of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Alireza has been an active researcher, exhibitor, lecturer and author of numerous articles in the international philatelic press. He has won major awards (Gold, Large Gold, Championship Class) at International Philatelic Federation (FIP) exhibits in London, Tokyo, Granada, Istanbul, San Francisco, Milan, Madrid and Washington DC. He is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and is a long-standing member of a number of international philatelic societies, including the Saudi Arabian and American Philatelic Societies. The Collectors Club (NY) and the Society of Postal Historians (UK). Alireza was co-founder with HH Prince Faisal Ibn Abdullah Ibn Mohamed Al Saud of Attawhid Collection, commissioned oil paintings by the late American artist Gerhardt Liebmann and photographs by the Brazilian Humberto da Silveira of various archaeological and built heritage sites from all regions of Saudi Arabia. The Attawhid Collection has been exhibited in the historic Bait Nassif in Jeddah, the UNESCO Building in Beirut, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and the National Museum in Riyadh. Tarik has collected maps, engravings, photographs and books on the Near East and Middle East for fifty years. He has a passion for antiquities worldwide and is an amateur photographer.