Dr Al Maqdissi holds a PhD from the Sorbonne in Oriental Archaeology (1994). He taught oriental archaeology and Phoenician civilization at the University of Damascus and at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He was also a visiting Phoenician Archaeology Professor at Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne University, a Middle Eastern Archaeology Professor at Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi, and recently a Professor at Louvre School of Levantine Archaeology.
In addition to his academic career, and since 2000, Dr Al Maqdissi has directed excavations and archaeological studies at the General Department of Antiquities and Museums of Syria. Lastly, he was also the project manager and a scientific researcher at the Oriental Antiquities department at the Louvre Museum. He has published the bulk of his archaeological research in three series of articles: Notes on Syrian Ceramology, Notes on Levantine Archaeology, and Material for the Study of the City in Syria. In Damascus, he has founded a newspaper (Studia Orontica) and a collection (Syrian Archaeology Documents) to publish recent research in several languages (Arabic, French, and English).