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.
Detail of damage to the north façade of Darulaman Palace. The building, then housing the Ministry of Defence, had suffered damage during the attempted coup of 1991, after which it had been repaired by the government. It again became the focus of intense fighting between mujahadeen groups after they took the city in 1992, when it was looted. The building now lies in ruins