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.
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.