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Jury Panel 2014

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 2000-2014)


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, 2014)


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, 2014)

Johannes Widodo

The co-Director of the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (Malaysia), and Executive Editor of JSEAA (Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture) at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. His research areas include Architecture History, Typology & Morphology, and Heritage Management. He is the founder of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network) and iNTA (International Network of Tropical Architecture). He has been serving as a jury member for UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, member of ICOMOS Scientific Committee and National Committee of Indonesia, founding member of ICOMOS National Committee of Singapore, and associate member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management. He is also one of the founding members of DoCoMoMo Macau. He received his first professional degree in Architecture from Parahyangan Catholic University (Bandung, Indonesia, 1984), Master of Architectural Engineering degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium, 1988), and PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo (Japan, 1996).                 (Jury member 2002-2011, 2014)

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 2012-2014)

Abha Narain

Abha Narain Lambah is a conservation architect based in Mumbai. Her architectural practice covers a range of projects across India, from master planning for the ancient Buddhist Sites of Bodh Gaya and Ajanta Caves, to conservation of 15th Century temples in Ladakh and Hampi and palace museums in Hyderabad and Gwalior. She is the recipient of the Sanskriti Award, Eisenhower Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship and has been involved with the Maitreya Buddha Temple Ladakh,  Sir JJ School of Art Mumbai, Chandramauleshwar Temple Hampi, Urban Signage & Streetscaping for Dadabhai Naoroji Road Mumbai and Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad. Abha’s work in Mumbai covers a range of colonial buildings including the Convocation Hall, Deutsche Bank, Mani Bhavan, Prince of Wales Museum and the Municipal Head Offices. She has co-edited a range of books including “Architecture of the Indian Sultanates” and “Custodians of India’s Heritage: 150 years of the Archaeological Survey of India”. (Jury member 2014)

Arash Boostani

Graduated from Azad University in Tehran, Iran in MA Conservation & Restoration of Historic Monuments & Sites, Mr Arash Boostani started to work in the field of heritage conservation and restoration since the 1990s.

He was the site manager of several heritages site including the ALSTOM in Afghanistan and the Momine Khatun and Karabaglar mausoleums in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. He also worked as a heritage consultant before he took in charge the project of Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Historic Cities Support Programme in Herat, Afghanistan. In 2009 Mr. Boostani was appointed Secretary-general for ICOMOS Iran. He also works as a consultant with the UNESCO office in Tehran.  (Jury member 2010-2012, 2014)

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, 2014)

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, 2009-2014)