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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Seif El Rashidi

Seif El Rashidi is the coordinator of Durham World Heritage Site. By training, he is an art and architectural historian and urban conservation specialist, with experience in Egypt and the UK, specifically in the preservation and interpretation of historic buildings and places.

His previous work in Cairo included the coordination of the Museum of Historic Cairo project, being implemented by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and involved developing a narrative and selecting the appropriate objects and artefacts to tell the story of that city.

 His work in Durham has included the commissioning of films and site-specific theatre to tell the story of the World Heritage Site, its buildings, and its people. Durham a Living World Heritage Site and Durham Diaries He also lectures on the MA in International Heritage Management and in the art history department of the School of Education at Durham University. His research interests include the ways in which architecture reflects identities, the continuity of visual traditions over time, and cross-cultural links as reflected in historic buildings and objects, specifically looking at the Islamic world. In 2013, he was a technical reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.