Architect, conservationist and director of Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme, Shadia Touqan graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in
Architecture in 1969 from Cairo University. She obtained a Masters in Urban Design
from Manchester University in 1981, and
attained a PhD in Urban Development and Planning from Development Planning Unit/ Bartlett School of Architecture
from the University of London in 1995. She worked as an architect on a number
of projects in the UK, Jordan, UAE, other Arab countries and is an expert on
urban development of Palestinian towns.
Shadia is the Chief Technical Advisor for USESCO in Yemen,
Director of the Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization plan since November 1997,
and is an expert on cultural heritage preservation and revitalization of
historic cities with a number of international
organizations such as the World Bank and UNESCO. She has not only published a
number of papers and articles on the subject of preservation of cultural heritage. She won the prestigious Aga Khan
Award for Architecture for her work in Jerusalem in 2004.
Located in the most deprived and vulnerable area of the Old City, the courtyard house or hosh housed 4-5 families living in bad physical and environmental conditions. Its restoration aimed at providing better living conditions for the residents of the hosh, as part of a larger historical urban renewal of the Arab neighborhood.
The work included repaving of concrete and cement floors with stone, replacement of aluminum and metal windows with traditional wooden windows and mashrabiyyas, provision of three new toilets and two kitchens, and the installation of new electrical wiring and lighting on the exterior and interior.
Source: Old City Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme