Seif El Rashidi is an Egyptian architectural historian and urban regeneration specialist. He is currently the Programme Development Officer for the University of London’s “Layers of London” project. Prior to this he managed the year-long celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral, and was responsible for coordinating the public consultation on the Cathedral’s masterplan. From 2008 to 2014 he worked for Durham University and Durham Cathedral, managing Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. From 1997 to 2008, he worked in Cairo, for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Historic Cities Programme, and for Ahmad Hamid Architects between (1995-1997), on a range of contemporary architecture and interior design projects drawing their inspiration from the principles of the cultural history of the Islamic World.
Mr. El Rashidi has a BA in Economics and an MA in the History of Art and Architecture from the American University in Cairo, and an MSc in Urban Design from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include the continuity of building traditions, the representation of identity in architecture, and the role of museums as educative establishments.
Shortlisted Projects: Conservation in Architecture and Plurality. Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2016.
This publication features the winners and shortlisted projects for the 13h cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
This book brings together a diverse range of exemplary architectural projects from across the globe. Carefully selected and examined by a team of experts, these projects demonstrate innovative approaches that respond to the challenges and potentials of contemporary conditions and contexts.
One guiding principle of this 13th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is the importance of plurality. Since its inception the Award has aimed to be inclusive and to embrace the engagement of a diverse group of users. But equally, it has sought projects that explore a plurality of methods and architecture in achieving that goal.
Here, the authors of the essays use that productive tension between architecture and plurality not only to provide a framework for the examination of the projects but also to explore the intellectual and projective means by which architecture are plurality can find other common grounds in the future.