ICCROM-ATHAR is pleased to welcome two new visiting researchers.
Joanne Lisinski, Australia, is currently pursuing an MSc Conservation Studies at University College London (UCL) in Qatar. Her interests are in Arab world heritage preservation, risk management in times of conflict and local strategies in collection care and management.
Prior to taking on her placement as a visiting researcher at ICCROM-ATHAR, Joanne worked at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art as Acting Head of Research, Qatar. The work of the research department facilitated documentation and knowledge production around the collection at Mathaf. Her major projects included the Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World. Prior to her position at Mathaf, Joanne held various roles in the arts, heritage and preservation sectors, in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine over the past 10 years. In addition to her studies in Conservation, she completed an MA in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and a BA in Arts, at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
Immediately upon her graduation in 2004 from the Holy Spirit University, Lebanon, with a Master’s degree in architecture, Lara Elias, Lebanon, worked with the international consultancy firm HEBERGER– UAE as a design engineerو where she spent five years developing her skills relevant to different aspects of architectural and urbanism projects. Working on a variety of projects allowed her to enrich her knowledge in comprehensive implementation of project phases, from design to execution.
In 2014, she pursued her studies to obtain a Master’s degree in restoration from the “Centre de Restauration et de Conservation des Monuments et Sites Historiques”, Lebanese University. Lara joined ICCROM-ATHAR as a visiting researcher, where she hopes to be a key player in the development and improvement of her knowledge in the area of reconstruction of heritage sites in the Arab world, while gaining experience in working on multinational projects.