Seif El Rashidi is an architectural historian whose work involves the preservation and regeneration of historic cities, as well as the development and management of heritage engagement projects. He is currently the director of the Barakat Trust and the Project Manager for the Institute of Historical Research’s Layers of London Project. He also is on the advisory board of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund and a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of Chichester Cathedral.
He was previously the Magna Carta Programme Manager for Salisbury Cathedral (2015-2016), the coordinator of Durham World Heritage Site (2008-2014) and a historian and planner for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Darb al-Ahmar Revitalisation Project in Cairo (1997-2008). He also previously worked for Ahmad Hamid Architects (1995-1997).
Seif El Rashidi has degrees in economics and the history of Islamic art and architecture from the American University in Cairo, as well as a degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in urban regeneration.
He recently co-authored The Tentmakers of Cairo: Egypt’s Medieval and Modern Applique Craft (2018).
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.