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.
The Historic Walls-Bridge and Barrier. In Cairo: Renewing the
Historic City, edited by Philip Jodidio. Munich: Prestel, 2018.
Restoring the Historic Wall, a medieval City Wall marking the eastern edge of Cairo cannot de dissociated from the adjacent al-Darb Al-Ahmar district and its residents and businesses. The uncovering of the earlier Fatimid remains of the mudbrick City Wall launched the restoration of the 1.3 km long Historic Wall, a standard setting initiative transforming the landmark into a bridge between Al-Azhar Park and al-Darb Al-Ahmar. This section contains the following three articles:
El Rashidi, Seif. "The History of Darb al-Ahmar". In Cairo: Renewing the Historic City, edited by Philip Jodidio, 103-126. Munich: Prestel, 2018.
Pradines, Stéphane. "Discovering The Fatimid Walls". In Cairo: Renewing the Historic City, edited by Philip Jodidio, 113-125. Munich: Prestel, 2018.
Siravo, Francesco. "Conserving The Ayyubid City Wall". In Cairo: Renewing the Historic City, edited by Philip Jodidio, 127-143. Munich: Prestel, 2018.