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About The Speaker

Dr. Dalila Elkerdany

Dalila ElKerdany is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University; an adjunct Professor of Architecture at the American University in Cairo; a practicing architect; and a Chairman of MIMAR Engineering Consultancy. She obtained her B.Sc. in Architecture Engineering, M.Sc. in Architecture, as well as Ph.D. in Architecture from Cairo University in the years 1979, 1986, and 1992. During the years 1989-1992 she was a visiting fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. She is involved in research, education, as well as practice in the fields of design, conservation, and heritage. Among the rehabilitation projects that she undertook are: restoration and rehabilitation for Royal Horserace Pavilion in Heliopolis (Under construction since 2017), Damnhour Creativity Center for Art and Culture (opened 2013) and won a recognition as Best Practice of Conservation in the Arab Region from ICCROM ATHAR. She has been funded for her research projects; such as: the EU funded research projects “HAMMAM” (2005-2008), and “Hammamed” (2009-2011). Both projects dealt with putting strategies for the sustainable conservation of Islamic public bathes within the Mediterranean area in a multidisciplinary approach, while considering both tangible and intangible heritage of this unique building type. Newton-Musharafa program funded her more recement research on “Sustainable Conservation for Historic Markets” (2017-2019). ElKerdany has been a consultant and committee member for may governmental institutions in the fields of architecture, urban design, heritage and development. Among which, the Permanent Committee of Islamic and Coptic monuments at the Ministry of Antiquities, the Historic Areas Committee at the National Organization for Urban Harmony, Ministry of Culture, and Chairperson of the Architecture Committee at the Supreme Council of Culture at the Ministry of Culture. During her academic career, Prof. Elkerdany has been offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in both Cairo University and the American University in Cairo dealing with Heritage, Culture and Architecture; Urban and Architecture Conservation; and Studio Design for Architecture in Context and Rehabilitation. She has co-founded a Double Master Degree, titeled: “Urban Regeneration of Historic Cities and Districts” with Professor Heinz Nagler at Cairo University in Giza Egypt, University of Brandenburg in Cottbus Germany, and University of Alexandria.