Lama is an assistant lecturer at the Architecture Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University. She obtained her Bachelors in Architecture from Alexandria University in 2011 and her MSc in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh on a Chevening Scholarship (2016), where she wrote her dissertation on Heritage and Nationalism in Nasser’s Egypt.
She is also a part-time volunteer with Save Alex, an initiative committed to protecting Alexandria’s built heritage within the wider urban context of the city. She has worked as an architect and researcher at Mouseion, a private architectural firm that specializes in museography, museum display and exhibition design.
During her internship at ICCROM-ATHAR, she will be assisting in the planning and implementation of this year’s short courses including the “Introduction of Stone and Mortar conservation”, assist in the Tracking Trends project, and surveying publications produced in the Arab Region.
Hafsa is currently working on her MA in Cultural Heritage Management at the French University in Egypt partnered with Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Her thesis examines the relationship between notions of traditional and modern architectural heritage in Cairo. Her interests focus on mobilization of heritage elements for economic development, adaptive reuse of built heritage, and the merge of contemporary design with traditional roots.
During her internship at ICCROM-Sharjah, Hafsa has worked on researching and compiling data on higher education training programme in heritage conservation within the Arab region for ICCROM’s Tracking Trends project aimed to map current training opportunities for cultural heritage conservation around the world. She also worked on updating information on higher education courses offered in the Middle East and North Africa, along with other basic information for a first training and capacity overview of the region, which could be juxtaposed with the global heritage context and issues identified in the World Heritage Monitoring reports as well as ICCROM-ATHAR Higher Education initiatives that have been held since 2008.
Anisha is currently pursuing her M. A. degree at the World Heritage Studies programme at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany (BTU. At BTU, she worked on projects like developing a documentary on the significance of art conservation in Florence and analysing the format of nominations to the World Heritage List.
In 2012: she completed her Bachelors in Architecture from the Dr. B. N. College of Architecture, Pune, India and has worked as a teaching assistant in the design studio undertaking various vernacular settlement studies in India. Anisha has also been a part of various initiatives of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) Pune Chapter such as heritage listing, heritage walks and capacity building. As an intern at the ICCROM- Sharjah Centre she will be assisting with publications, World Heritage advice, and upcoming conferences.