Architect, conservationist and director of Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme, Shadia Touqan graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in
Architecture in 1969 from Cairo University. She obtained a Masters in Urban Design
from Manchester University in 1981, and
attained a PhD in Urban Development and Planning from Development Planning Unit/ Bartlett School of Architecture
from the University of London in 1995. She worked as an architect on a number
of projects in the UK, Jordan, UAE, other Arab countries and is an expert on
urban development of Palestinian towns.
Shadia is the Chief Technical Advisor for USESCO in Yemen,
Director of the Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization plan since November 1997,
and is an expert on cultural heritage preservation and revitalization of
historic cities with a number of international
organizations such as the World Bank and UNESCO. She has not only published a
number of papers and articles on the subject of preservation of cultural heritage. She won the prestigious Aga Khan
Award for Architecture for her work in Jerusalem in 2004.
The mill occupies the ground floor of a three story building thought to date back to the nineteenth century. Abandoned for more than forty years, it was used as a flour mill and bakery, and later as stables. It comprises four cross-vaulted rooms, with a total area of 160 sq. meters.
The rehabilitation work aimed at adapting the building to be used as a modern computer center while maintaining its originality and cultural value. The restoration work eliminated humidity and dampness, allowing in more light by adding glass doors to the two entrances. The earth-compacter floor was paved with marble and two toilets and a kitchenette were added.
Source: Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme