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. "The History and Fate of al-Darb al-Ahmar". 2004. Cairo: Revitalising a Historic Metropolis. (Stefano Bianca and Philip Jodidio, eds.) Turin: Umberto Allemandi & C. for Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 55-65.
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