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).
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.