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).
El Rashidi, Seif. Beneath the Golden Crescent of Islam. In Medina Issue Six: Architecture, Interiors & Fine Arts. British Virgin Islands: Medina Magazine. (February - March 1999): 52 - 58.
Medina Magazine is a unique and ambitious project in the Middle East by a group of architects, designers and artists to collaborate to present both architecture conceived and created in Egypt, and examples from other contexts that contain elements relevant to architectural designers, students and educators working in Egypt.
This magazine that has been published in Arabic and English since 1998 is divided into three sections to aid the reader in critiquing their built environment; to see that each component negotiates with the other to form our visual world. Structure, decorative details and interpretations of spaces and how society reacts to them anchor Medina's founders' conception as apparent in the selection of articles presented on ArchNet.
Medina goes even further than presenting architectural, design and art projects; as part of their design revolution in Egypt, Medina also organizes annual design competitions for students and professionals, as well as supporting symposiums and art projects.