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Jury Profiles 2013

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. (Jury member 2000-2011, 2013)

H. Detlef Kammeier 

He held a position at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok between 1976 and 2000, during which time he conducted research and taught in the field of urban, environmental and regional development and planning. Since leaving AIT, Professor Kammeier has continued to maintain his primary residence in Thailand, although international consulting work often takes him to other countries in Southeast Asia and to the Middle East. He also continues to teach as a visiting lecturer in various countries. His long-term interest in urban conservation is reflected in his teaching and research for the postgraduate programme in World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus, Germany (2002-2005). Since 2005 he has also been part of the international postgraduate programme in Urban Management at the Technical University of Berlin. (Jury member 2000-2002, 2008, 2013)

Gurmeet S. Rai

The Director of the Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI), a company she founded in 1996. CRCI has undertaken a wide range of projects in cultural heritage conservation and management practice in India. The work of CRCI includes architectural documentation, historic building conservation planning, cultural heritage tourism and management, capacity building and training. Significant projects Ms. Rai has headed include preparation of site management plans for the World Heritage Sites of the Red Fort in Delhi, Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar and the Grand Trunk Road in Punjab. Her vast experience in conservation and heritage management has been recognized by the World Monuments Fund. Ms. Rai has directed two projects that received UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards: Krishan Temple and Lakhpat Gurudwara, awarded in 2001 and 2004 respectively. (Jury member 2005-2007, 2010-2011, 2013)

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. (Jury member 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013)

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. (Jury member 2000-2013)

Laurence Loh 

He is recognised as a leading conservation architect and cultural heritage expert in Malaysia and in the Asia-Pacific region. Best practice exemplars of his work in Malaysia include world-renowned Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (2000 Most Excellent Project), Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (2003 Award of Merit), Merdeka Stadium (2008 Award of Excellence) and Suffolk House (2008 Award of Distinction). He lectures frequently at the University of Hong Kong and at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome. In 2012, he worked closely with the Getty Conservation Institute to create an Urban Conservation Planning course for Malaysian planners. Currently, he is the deputy-president of the Heritage of Malaysia Trust, an adviser to the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists and a director of Think City. (Jury member 2001, 2003-2007, 2009-2013)

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. (Jury member 2012, 2013)