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.
View of the Kabul River looking north-west, with the Pul e Kheshti mosque (restored), with the ruins of the once-covered Shor bazaar in the foreground. Already badly deteriorated before the fighting, the process of encroachment on to the historic bazaar area (see columns centre right) has accelerated. The imposing dome of the tomb of Timur Shah can be seen top left