HERITAGE  MANAGEMENT

Our team of experts have led some of the best practices in urban heritage management in the MENA region, earning them international recognition and awards, including the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture.  We work extensively with local actors to develop a holistic understanding of the heritage values as seen by the community; we help chart local dynamics and forces impacting tangible and intangible heritage assets; and we help in developing locally anchored processes of rehabilitation, conservation and revitalization. Our experts have worked with local and national authorities to develop policy, legal frameworks and conservation plans, and we have led discussions with the World Heritage Center at UNESCO regarding reporting and progress of conservation efforts especially for World Heritage Sites in Danger.  


Our services in this field include: 


Research & Analysis 


Scenario Development 


Advice 


Stakeholder Engagement 


Capacity Building


Monitoring & Evaluation

Related Works

Date:  20 February 2024

An interview critiques the traditional approach to heritage preservation as disconnected from modern societal needs, arguing for a more inclusive and dynamic model. We highlight an approach to blend heritage with daily community life and economic incentives to ensure it remains relevant and preserved within the fabric of modern urban life.

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Date:  2015

Publisher:  Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife

A chapter in book, about conservation and cultural management in world heritage sites, explores the economic effects of public funding in urban heritage conservation.  It critically examines how these subsidies influence heritage management and conservation efforts, emphasizing the need for sustainable and community-focused approaches in preserving cultural landmarks and landscapes.

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Date:  2013

Publisher:  Aga Khan Award for Architecture,  Lars Muller Publishers

A chapter in the book "Architecture is Life" critically examines the sustainability of traditional building crafts in the modern world. It explores the economic, social, and cultural challenges faced by craftsmanship, emphasizing the need for adaptability, innovation, and a reevaluation of its value beyond mere heritage preservation.

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Year:  2007 - 2009

Client:  GIZ , GOPHCY

A German-Yemeni cooperation project focuses on managing and developing World Heritage Sites Shibam and Zabid, along with other historic cities in Yemen. It integrates heritage conservation with economic and social development, involving local communities and various stakeholders in sustainable preservation efforts.

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Date:  2007

Publisher:  Geuthner

A chapter in "États et Sociétés de l’orient arabe" critically examines the valuation of urban heritage in Aleppo, Syria, and Shibam, Yemen. We explore the ethical implications of heritage conservation funding, the impact of urban renewal and development policies, and the challenges of integrating cultural and economic values in preserving historic cities.

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Date:  2006

Publisher:  AUB - American University of Beirut

A chapter in the book "Urban Heritage and The Politics of The Present" examines the complex challenges in conserving urban heritage in Aleppo and Shibam, highlighting the interplay of economic, social, and cultural factors. It explores the impact of public interventions and market conditions on heritage preservation and the evolution of urban spaces and social values.

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Year:  2004 - 2007

Client:  GIZ , GOPHCY

A German-Yemeni cooperation project, and recipient of the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, focused on heritage conservation, economic and community development, and infrastructure improvement in Shibam, Yemen, benefiting local communities through partnerships, training, and extensive operational programs.

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Year:  2004 - 2007

Client:  GIZ , GOPHCY

A rehabilitation program focused on preserving and rehabilitating historic houses in Shibam. It emphasized community engagement, quality management, and sustainable practices, significantly impacting historic preservation, social dynamics, and the local economy while fostering traditional skills and materials.

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Date: January 2009

An article discusses the preservation of Zabid, Yemen, highlighting conflicts between heritage conservation and community needs. The Project for the Development of Historic Cities of Yemen innovatively involved locals in restoration, aligning economic revitalization with heritage preservation, thereby empowering the community while safeguarding Zabid's architectural legacy.

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Date: September 2006

A lecture explores the challenges in preserving Shibam, a World Heritage Site in Yemen, focusing on balancing international preservation standards, local traditions, and socio-economic impacts on residents. It addresses the debate over demarcation, management difficulties, and the importance of maintaining the resident community for the site's historical integrity.

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Year:  1994 - 2004

Client:  GIZ 

A Syrian-German cooperation project aims to develop and preserve the Old City of Aleppo; a 355-hectare World Heritage Site. Our experts contribute to the project in co-creating its Development Plan, stakeholder engagement, setting up housing programs with microcredits, land use planning, preparing building codes, and drafting pilot neighborhood plans. 

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Date:  1998

Publisher:  GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit 

A plan for revitalizing and preserving Aleppo’s  historical essence while accommodating modern growth. It balances urban renewal with heritage conservation, emphasizing improved infrastructure, sustainable economic development, environmental management, and traffic management.  The plan integrates strategic zoning, action area planning, and community involvement.  

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