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 Palestinian Museum is a recent winner of the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture, one of the most important prizes in the world of architecture.
Lara Zureikat is a Jordanian landscape designer and architect whose work is inspired by the spirit of a place. Her design for the landscape of the Palestinian Museum has brought her international acclaim as somebody changing the way “the world, lives, thinks and builds.” She is also associate director of the Centre for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) in Amman, Jordan.
This podcast is part of the Barakat Trust's Converging Paths and Arts In Isolation, a partnership with Asia House,kindly supported by the al-Tajir Trust and theAga Khan Trust for Culture’s Education Programme.