IHBC’s 2019 Annual School welcomes keynote speaker: Zaki Aslan, Conservation architect and Director of ICCROM-Sharjah

flyerThe IHBC has welcomed Zaki Aslan as the keynote Day School speaker at its 2019 Annual School – the lead event in the calendar of the UK’s built and historic environment conservation specialists – which will take place in Nottingham on 4-6 July 2019.

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Justin Webber, IHBC East Midlands Branch School Organizing Committee Chair said: ‘For the keynote speaker, we branch were keen to find an inspirational global figure that could explore the conference theme at both a high level and through the context of some of the most challenging urban environments on the planet.’

‘Dr Zaki Aslan is a highly respected figure in the international heritage sector and brings a unique perspective as the Director of the ICCROM-ATHAR Conservation Centre in Sharjah and as the Regional Representative of ICCROM for the Arab States.’

‘The opportunity to learn from a leading expert on global best practice is a rare one and we are excited by the opportunities to reappraise our understanding of conservation philosophy through the learning points he will bring.’

‘With a special understanding of building conservation in those areas of the Middle East where conflict and other existential threats to heritage assets are currently very real, this promises to be a visually arresting presentation that will provide extensive talking points.’

Zaki Aslan
Zaki Aslan is a conservation architect and Director of the ICCROM’s Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-Sharjah)

He provided technical advice to the ICCROM’s Member States on issues related including heritage conservation, management and national planning/ policies and worked as consultant to UNESCO, EU, and ICCROM on projects in heritage conservation and management in the Arab countries.

He worked as project manager in the mid-nineties, when he was engaged in the US-funded Cultural Resource Management Program in Jordan (CRM), and worked on the ‘Documentation and Conservation of Stone Monuments’ in the World Heritage Site of Petra (after studying at the Bavarian State Conservation Office in Germany in 1994).

Aslan is also honorary senior lecturer at University College London, and served as adjunct professor at the American University of Sharjah in Heritage Conservation, and Islamic Art and Architecture. He is member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites’, U.K., and Vice President of ICOMOS-UAE.

The IHBC School will cover all manner of possible risk to heritage and look at how risk can be managed and resilience developed.  The focus of the School will include Fire, Structural failure, Terrorism, Heritage at Risk, Flooding, Law & Philosophy.

Booking opens soon and details are available on the School website where you will find more information about the programme, venue and study tours is added regularly.

See more – and bookmark – at the School website nottingham2019.ihbc.org.uk and look out for updates via the NewsBlogs.

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