Jolyon Leslie is a South African architect. Mr. Leslie received a bachelor's degree in architecture from Jesus College and a diploma in architecture from Darwin College at Cambridge University, United Kingdom. He has worked extensively in post-disaster and post-war reconstruction in the Middle East and in Asia, and his work has included the implementation of building and infrastructure reconstruction projects and the transfer of skills to national field staff through training. He has been involved in the development of alternative building materials for use in traditional contexts and upgrading. his recent experience has been in the management and operation of field programmes for rehabilitation and resettlement. The past decade, his position with the United Nations Development Programme involved the management of a national resettlement programme for Afghanistan which promotes the use of traditional vernacular techniques for housing. He has been involved in efforts to safeguard the cultural heritage, including historic buildings, in the region.
Eid Gah, a ceremonial square and associated mosque (restored) built during the reign of King Amanullah, looking north-west. All commercial and residential property in this area was badly damaged during 1992/3, as one of the important front-lines was on the bridge (Pul e Mahmoud Khan) to the right of this image. A fine ceremonial clock-tower at the intersection beside the bridge (far right on this image) was demolished by then-government in 1994. Beyond the Kabul River lies the ruins of a large barracks, again built during the reign of Amanullah