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Jury Panel 2016

Richard A. Engelhardt

The former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific, a position in which he served between 1994 and 2008. The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Heritage Conservation programme was conceived and initiated during his tenure. Today he is concurrently the UNESCO Chair Professor of the Conservation and Management of Historic Towns and Urban Centres at the National College of Art in Pakistan; Honorary Professor of Conservation Architecture at Southeast University in Nanjing, China; and Visiting University Research Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Engelhardt has received numerous honours and awards in recognition of his contribution to the conservation of Asian heritage from governments of the region as well as from the Global Heritage Fund. In 1994 H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia knighted him with the title of Commandeur de l’Ordre Royal du Cambodge for his efforts in safeguarding the monuments of Angkor.

William Chapman

The Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His work has included assessments of heritage sites and training throughout the Pacific islands and mainland Southeast Asia. Professor Chapman, who holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Oxford University and an advanced degree in historic preservation from Columbia University in New York, is a frequent participant in international conferences. He has been a consultant to UNESCO in its traditional building crafts training project in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, and to the World Monuments Fund, particularly in its training initiatives in Cambodia. His most recent book is A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation, published by the University of Hawaii Press in 2013.

Gurmeet Rai

Ms Gurmeet Rai is the director of the Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative in India. A conservation architect based in New Delhi, she has worked on conservation projects throughout India, and particularly in Punjab where she has extensively documented historic buildings in the state. She serves as a managing trustee of the Punjab Heritage Preservation Trust. Ms Rai directed two projects, the Krishan Temple and Lakhpat Gurudwara, which received UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards in 2001 and 2004, respectively.

Yeo Kang Shua

Dr. Yeo Kang Shua is Assistant Professor of History, Theory and Criticism at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He also holds the inaugural Hokkien Foundation Career Professorship in Architectural Conservation. He serves on numerous non-governmental organizations, as executive committee member of the Singapore Heritage Society and Singapore Society of Asian Studies, as well as a founding member of ICOMOS Singapore (National Committee). He also serves as a member of the Heritage Advisory Panel of the National Heritage Board (Singapore) and the Conservation Advisory Panel of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (Singapore). He received his Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies), Master of Architecture and Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture) from the National University of Singapore.

Sheridan Burke

The Director of Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants in Sydney, Australia. She is a conservation planner with 35 years’ experience in cultural resource management, in both the government and private sectors. Her expertise includes heritage conservation plans and heritage asset development approvals, historic site interpretation, cultural tourism and museum management. Ms. Burke has served three terms on the international Executive Committee of ICOMOS (1996-2005) and is a member of the Steering Committee for the ICOMOS International Conservation Centre in Xi’an, China. She is a foundation member and is currently president of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage. Ms. Burke is also an expert member of the Sydney Opera House Conservation Council and an adjunct professor at the University of Canberra.

Que Weimin

Graduated from Peking University in 1991 with a Ph.D. in historical geography, he then worked as a lecturer and assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Hangzhou University and as a professor in the Department of History at Zhejiang University. Since August 2004 he has been a professor in the College of Urban and Environment Sciences of the World Heritage Research Centre, Peking University, China. Professor Que has won four UNESCO Heritage Awards: Cangqiao Historical Street (Award of Merit, 2003), Zhangzhou City Historic Streets (Honourable Mention, 2004), Houkeng Timber-Arched Corridor Bridge (Award of Excellence, 2005) and Heritage Buildings, Cicheng Historic Town (Honourable Mention, 2009). He has been the vice-chairman of the Executive Committee of UNESCO-AAHM since 2009, and is the vice-dean of the Research Center of World Heritage at Peking University.

Anna Sum-yee Kwong

Anna Sum-yee Kwong directs a private practice, Anna Kwong Architects & Associates, which undertakes projects around Asia.  With over 30 years of professional experience working at the commercial and public sector, she served as the conservation architect for many projects in Hong Kong SAR commissioned by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong; two have won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards: the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph’s Chapel in Sai Kung.  She graduated with her BA(Arch Studies)(Hons) and B Arch from Hong Kong University.  She is an Authorized Person and a registered architect in Hong Kong SAR and China. She has authored “Professional Practice for Architects in Hong Kong-Understanding the Building Ordinance”and“Architecture in Church Liturgical Design". She taught at the Department of Architecture, Hong Kong University as an Assistant Professor (part-time) and frequently serves as an external critic as well as juror for many awards and architectural/planning competitions. She is the president(2009 - 2010) of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and a member of the Town Planning Board of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Her volunteer service to the community has been recognized by a Medal of Honour awarded by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Josie J. Zhou

Graduated from University of Oxford with a D.Phil from the Department of Philology (Cognition & Communication), Dr. Josie Zhou has worked for various United Nations agencies in Paris, Geneva, Vienna, The Hague, New York, Johannesburg, Tokyo, and Hong Kong among other duty stations and international non-profit institutions. Elected member of the UK Society of Authors 1991-2013, she is an initiator of the Peace and Development Foundation, on the Advisory Board for the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation and Bridge-to-China (WZQ) Charitable Foundation. She also supports a number of public service and environmental organizations. From 2005 to 2014, she served as the Chief Advisor for Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, for UNDP China; and currently she is an honorary advisor for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Conservation programme.