“Site Management Planning and Conservation Project Management for Professionals” Course Launched
20 October, 2016

The Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization Program (OCJRP) of the Welfare Association, in collaboration with ICCROM’s Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE (ICCROM-ATHAR) and RIWAQ, commenced an intensive course entitled “Site Management Planning and Management of Conservation Projects for Professionals” on 26 September 2016 in Ramallah. The opening session included speeches by representatives from ICCROM-ATHAR, RIWAQ and OCJRP: Christian Biggi (ICCROM-ATHAR), Khaldun Bsharra (RIWAQ), Fida Touma (OCJRP) and Bashar Husseini (OCJRP).

Ten international and local experts are involved in the training of course participants on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Conservation Principles and Theory and History (Locally/Internationally)
  • Historic Building Materials and Techniques
  • Heritage Documentation and Recording Information Management
  • Assessing Structural Behaviour of Buildings
  • Introduction to Structural Conservation
  • Humidity in Historic Buildings
  • Conservation of Stone, Plaster and Mortar
  • Conservation and Restoration of Wooden Structures and Elements
  • Site Management Planning and Management of Conservation Projects Maintenance
  • Programmes, Communication skills, Risk Preparedness

Eighteen professionals from the fields of Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning are currently participating in the course. At the beginning of the course, the participants visited a grand house called Al Huqiyeh Hosh, located in the village of Qalandiya, near Ramallah. Throughout the course, students will study and document the house, in collaboration with instructors. At the end of the course, the participants will be divided into four groups and present their findings and a Master Plan for the conservation and restoration of the structure, and proposals for its future use.

The course, which ends on 30 November 2016, is part of a series of courses originally initiated by the Welfare Association, UNESCO, the European Union, and ICCROM. It is a part of ICCROM-ATHAR’s efforts to offer capacity building and applied training for practitioners and professionals in the preservation of architectural heritage, and for engineers, architects, conservators, etc. involved in conservation.

The instructors:

  • Christian Biggi
  • Khladoon Bshara (RIWAQ)
  • Nazmi Jubeh (RIWAQ)
  • Fida Touma (OCJRP)
  • Simone Ricca
  • Mario Quintero Santana
  • Amra Hadžimuhamedović
  • Ayman Herzalla
  • Alessandro Massari
  • David Odgers
  • Paul Mordan

The participants:

  • Yousef Dartaha
  • Mai Al Batlat
  • Nour Fav
  • Kholoud Najjar
  • Bahaa Sabbah
  • Mohammed Shoibi
  • Christine Alloush
  • Shahd Farraj
  • Dana Abbas
  • Duaa Mustafa
  • Fatima Ammouri
  • Maha Mogannam
  • Husam Abu-Salem
  • Islam Liftawi
  • May Asmar
  • Hazem Afana
  • Jafar Qabaha
  • Faris Salah