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Saving Aleppo’s Heritage Stories from Local Graduate Architects

22 June 2022

12:30 -14:00

London Festival of Architecture in collaboration with Places of ARcture with the support of the British Council are inviting Local Graduate Architects who practice in Aleppo, Syria to host a talk and debate at the Victoria & Albert Museum discussing the importance of protecting cultural heritage in their home city of Aleppo, within their own practice.

In a country devastated by 11 years of conflict, this event will highlight some of the surviving architectural heritage in the ancient part of the Aleppo city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The discussions will explore the challenges of preserving and restoring a living heritage site, whilst respecting and incorporating the needs of the local people connected to the area.

Through a series of presentations, short film screenings and a Q&A, we will discover the different ways that these architects are positioning the identity of the city, its tangible and intangible heritage, as the cornerstones of its reconstruction.

- Laura Searson, Cultural Heritage Preservation Lead, V&A (Host)
- Muhammad Achour, Director and Founder of Places of ARcture
- Dania Al-Shelhawi, Graduate Architect, Projects & Events Coordinator at Places of ARcture
- Mohamad Al-Assali, Architect, PhD student majoring in Archaeology at the Higher Institute for The History of Arabic Science, Aleppo Syria.

This event is programmed in collaboration with the V&A’s Culture in Crisis Programme, and was made possible with the support of the British Council.



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The Hochhauser Auditorium

Victoria & Albert Museum,
Cromwell Rd,



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