Jukka Jokilehto

Jukka Jokilehto is a Finnish architect and urban planner. A graduate of Helsinki Polytechnic University in 1966, he joined ICCROM in 1972 as professor and coordinator of the programme in architectural and urban conservation. After specialist studies at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of York in the United Kingdom in 1986. Deputy Director-General of ICCROM from 1995 until his retirement in 1998, he worked then for ICOMOS from 2000 to 2006 as an evaluator and presenter of World Heritage nominations. In recent years he has been involved in the development of conservation plans and management plans, such as the one in Bam, Iran, and has advised many countries (China, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Norway, etc.) in their preparation of World Heritage nominations. He is also an honorary professor at the University of York and special advisor to the Director-General of ICCROM.


Mariana Correia

Mariana Correia is an architect, with MArch, DPEA-Terre, PhD. President of Escola Superior Gallaecia, and Director of Ci-ESG Research Centre, she is an ICOMOS International Consultant in World Heritage, with several international missions in different continents. She develops scientific assessments, technical reviews, and requests for international Funds from different international organizations. As Project-Leader, she successfully accomplished fund in several national and international research projects. She is President of ICOMOS-ISCEAH, ICOMOS-Portugal Board member, ICOMOS-CIAV expert, and PROTERRA Coordination Board member. Author and co-editor of 23 books, she wrote more than 150 chapters and papers; giving lectures, classes, and keynote openings in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, in more than 30 countries.


Thierry Joffroy 

Thierry Joffroy is an architect (at the CRAterre-ENSAG laboratory), researcher and President of the International Centre for Earth Construction, Laboratory of Excellence, Architecture, Environment & Constructive Cultures, National Superior School of Architecture in Grenoble (CRAterre-Labex AE &CC/ENSAG) at the Université Grenoble-Alpes, France. He is responsible for the Heritage topic of the scientific program and has conducted over 250 study and consulting missions in over 40 countries.

Rasool Vatandust

Rasool Vatandoust, BSc in chemistry and PhD in Conservation Science from University of London, began his professional career from the early years of 1970s in the Iranian Archaeological Center where he contributed in the establishment of the Conservation Laboratory and Workshop there and since then he has played a crucial role in development of the specialized field of conservation and restoration of historical-cultural properties in Iran. Founder and the first chairman of the Research Center for the Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR), Dr. Vatandoust has also been among the prominent experts of UNESCO, member of the ICCROM Council as well as a member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS, and different regional and international committees for cultural heritage.

Dr. Rasool Vatandoust, as one of the founders and organizers of training programs, as well as professor and lecturer, has been involved in different universities of Iran in conservation and restoration since 1976 and conducted many university students in PhD, MA, and MSc degrees. As a specialist author and translator, he holds many books and papers in conservation and restoration field.


Manijeh Hadian Dehkordi

Manijeh Hadian Dehkordi is basically chemist (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran) and had a PhD in Art technology and conservation and restoration of art and cultural objects from HfBK-Dresden, Germany). She has been working in Research Centre for Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR) since 1990. She is member of scientific board and head of Material science and technology research group in RCCCR. She is expert in monitoring and measurements of indoor environment and manager of the major Green Museum project in Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) is another her responsibility in term of Preventive Conservation.

Manijeh Hadian Dehkordi had cooperation with several international projects.Since 1997 she has been lecturer for material science, and Application of scientific and lab. methods to study on the historical and art works at the Faculty of Art and Architecture, Azad University and Faculty of Architecture, Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.


Mohammad Hassan Talebian

Mohammad Hassan Talebian has got his PhD in architecture, with focus on cultural heritage from Tehran University in 2005. Among other positions, he was the General Director of ICHO provincial office in Fars Province, the General Director for Technical Office of ICHO, Director of the World Heritage Sites of Tchogha Zanbil, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Bam and at the moment, he is the Deputy for Cultural Heritage in ICHHTO. Among his professional activities, his numerous works in the field of conservation and restoration, moderating and preparation of World Heritage nomination files for example historical city of Yazd are worthy of mentioning. He has also organized a number of training workshops on management, conservation and restoration for training experts at national, regional and international levels. In addition, he has carried out multi-disciplinary projects in different historical-cultural sites as well as other related researches.


Mehr Azar SOHEIL

Mehr-Azar Soheil has an MSc in Architecture from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University. In 1975, she attended the International Architectural Conservation Course at ICCROM in Rome, Italy. In 1982 she obtained the diploma of the Scuola di Perfezionamento in Restauro dei Monumenti from La Sapienza University of Rome, followed by a PhD in the conservation of cultural heritage at the Department of History of Architecture in 2001, from the same university.

She has worked as architectural consultant in Tehran, London and Rome, has collaborated with ICCROM on the organisation on of international training programmes, participating in technical missions. She has collaborated on the preparation of urban conservation plans and management plans in a number of countries, including the Cultural Landscape of Bam (Iran), the Historic Centre of Baku (Azerbaijan), the modernist historic city of Asmara (Eritrea), and the historic city of Shiraz (Iran). She has lectured in several universities and has published on various aspects of conservation and restoration of historic architecture, including the World Heritage Site of Persepolis in Iran. She is a member of the scientific committee of ARCo, Associazione per il Recupero del Costruito and International Training Committee, ICOMOS CIF.


Afshin Ebrahimi

Afshin Ebrahimi is a Restorer and conservator and Ph.D. Student in Restoration and Conservation of Historic and Cultural objects (Art University of Isfahan). He has been working in Research Centre for Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR) since 2005. He is a member of the scientific board and head of Public and oversight policies research group in RCCCR. He has started research studies on Earthen material and architecture since 1998 when he had worked as an art conservator Expert in Chogha-Zanbil World Heritage Site.  In addition to working in Chogha-Zanbil and Persepolis, He had worked as site manager of Arg-e Bam, Qehi Historical Village, Firoozabad historical site, Sarvestan Historical Site, Bam and its Cultural Landscape and Ghasem Abad and Akbar Abad Persian Qanats and now he is the site manager of Pasargadae World Heritage Site. He has done over 60 Research Plans in Research Centre for Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR) and has written more than 33 papers in national and international Journals and Conferences in Earthen Architecture context.


Mojtaba Farahmand

Born in 1979 in Yazd, is an architect, receiving his MA in Architecture and Urban Planning from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2003. Since graduation he has been active on a number of projects and accepted and fulfilled a number of responsibilities. He was instrumental in preparation of Yazd Historic City nomination file when he was the head of Yazd Historic city research Base from 2015 to 2018. He is currently member of several scientific and executive committees within the province of Yazd. Apart from his official duties, he has served as a university professor in various universities of Yazd since 2003. He has also supervised a number dissertation in BA and MA levels.

He was appointed as the Deputy Mayor for Architecture and Urban Planning in October 2017 and in October 2018 was elected as the Mayor of Yazd by Yazd City Council.


Faramarz Parsi

Faramarz Parsi (born in 1963, Tehran), finishes his master education in Architecture and Urban Design in 1989 (Science and Technology University) and started his professional career in the technical office of the IUST under the supervision of Dr. Moradi till 1999, as well as at Arseh Consulting Engineers Co. After that, he continued to work for 10 years at Bavand Company, and simultaneously he established his own company called Emarat Khorshid in 1998 in cooperation with Behrouz Mansoori (PhD) EK has carried out more than 300 different projects in the field of architecture, restoration and urban planning.

His most important professional projects includes the restoration and reconstruction of the Iran National Parliament (1999), Restoration & Rehabilitation Design of Shahrbani Palace (2001), Restoration of the historica Sepah street in Gazvin (2006), Restoration & Renovation of Tejarat Bank (Imperial Bank) in Toopkhaneh Sq. (2012), Reconstruction of the historic village of Esfahk in Tabas, South Khorasan Province (2015) & etc. which some of them has won national & international Architectural Prize.

Faramarz Parsi has taught in various universities including Tehran, Science and Technology, Cultural Heritage, Azad University of Tabriz, Azad University, Tabriz. During this time, he has provided more than 100 articles and lectures in prestigious journals and national and international conferences. His authoritative paper on “language, evaluation and architecture” and “an analysis of the Iranian genealogy of architecture” has made him one of the experts in field of Iranian architecture.


Seyyed Hadi Razavi

Gratuated from bachelor of architecture from Yazd university and a masters degree from the university of Tehran, college of fine arts.

Since 2005 he has begun his co-operation as a teaching assistant in study of monuments and islamic architecture with yazd university, Hadi Razavi has done detailed studies on Yazd historic homes since 2006 and studied nearly 1700 of them. He has been the designer and executor of 23 projects for the restoration of masonry and historical architecture and has been operating in cities such as Yazd, Tehran, Bushehr, Tafresh, Gorgan, kashan, Najaf, karbala and Samarra.

In the context of refurbishment’s details and research methods in the repair workshops, the vernacular and non-academic education of the brickwork architecture, he has had valuable experience in his work. He also served as a consultant tutor for a number of master’s theses.

Hadi Razavi is currently a member of Torab House and a visiting teacher


Mohammad Reza Owlia

M.R. Owlia born in 1952 in Bam, received his B.A in architecture in 1980 from U.T.A University, and started his professional career at the “Iran National Organization for Conservation of Historical Monuments, the Organization which later was reorganized and promoted to the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization. The Occasion helped Owlia to practice “ta’mir” in historic buildings restoration workshops. Later, he was appointed as the Director General of the Department of Conservation and Rehabilitation of Historic Monuments, where he served for four years and complemented the act of restoration with theoretical principles and practices.

He has concentrated for ten years on collecting Persian architecture terminology from verbal sources, using them as an asset for his resourceful research. Part of this work was presented and defended as his PhD dissertation in architecture in Tehran University. This thesis theoretically investigated the relationship between linguistics, concepts and architecture. Following pioneers such Iraj Afshar, M.k. Pirnia and M. Tavassoli, Owlia tries to recognize and identify Yazd Architectural School as an epistemic system.  He believes that it may one day be used for correcting a common fake civilization and its taslih (repair).  Creation of the first faculty of architecture outside the capital is among his most important theories, a faculty within an immense university with the extent of historic city of Yazd, – which later became a focal point in the history of education in Iranian architecture.


Nariman Farahza

Nariman Farahza, restoration architect, born in 1963, was graduated with master’s degree in Architecture from Shahid Beheshti university, faculty of architecture and urban planning, in 1995. In 2009 he received his PhD degree by defending his dissertation subjecting “Regeneration of Earthen Architecture in Social Productive Space”. He started teaching as an instructor in Yazd university, faculty of art and architecture since 1995 and continued as an assistant professor since 2009. According to his professional career he studied, conserved and restored some historical buildings and surrounding ancient fabrics in Yazd. Since 1995 he has contributed in “Technical board of Cultural Heritage Organization. He founded and directed Vernacular Architecture Research Center (VARC) in 2011 which has earned  position in UNESCO Earthen Architecture Program since 2014. He has held many workshops, festivals and lectures about regeneration of earthen architecture heretofore.


Pouya Khazaeli

Born in 1975 – Tehran, he is the Director of  Esfahk Mud Center  (Research Center for Earthen Architecture, Khorasan-Iran). Post Master of Earthen Architecture (DSA-Terre) from CRAterre – University of Grenoble. Worked with leadiding architectural firms such as « Shigeru Ban Architects » and « Architecture for Humanity ». » He is also a winner of « World Design Impact Prize – 2016 » and « Emerging Architecture Awards – 2015 ». in 2015 he was named as the Iranian architect of the year and also won the first place as the selected Iranian architect  in 2010.


Mohammad Khalil Kargar Bideh

Born in 1959 in Yazd, master craftsman Mohammd Khali Kargar, first concluded his elementary school and then because of his immense interest in Iranian architecture left the school and attended practical workshops, learning from the expertise and skills of master craftsmen such as Mr. Hossein Madad and later Mr. Rahim Sadeghieh, Mr. Hossein Sadeghieh and Mr. Ali Akbar Khorrami. In 1997 he joined Yazd Cultural Heritage Organization as a restorer of artistic materials. His first project was the restoration of Bazar-e khan ceiling. In 2001 he worked on restoration of chaparkhneh entrance gate in Meibod. Restoration of stucco work decorations in Kkolahdouzha House (Yazd water museum) in 1996; restoration of architectural decorations in Arabzadeh House (Yazd coin museum) in 2006; examination and restoration of Seti Fatemeh Mausoleum in yazd as the sole remaining example of fluted domes in Iran in 2004; the dome’s cover of Yazd Shahi Chahrseuoq and restoration muqqarnas decorations below the dome, from 2004 to 2017, are among some of his other works.


Mohsen Abbasi Harofteh

MOHSEN ABBASI HAROFTEH, Is an assistant professor of the conservation of architecture and a faculty member of the Faculty of Art and Architecture in Yazd University. He has researched and lectured in the field of Islamic architecture and urban conservation and protection in the Faculty of Art and Architecture in since 10 years ago, a period which resulted in publishing five books and about 50 scientific articles in various Journals, proceedings of conferences, and newspapers. He has also been involved in a number of conservation and restoration projects among which the project on Restoration and rehabilitation program for the historic residence of Jerry Pullack (Hormoz Island Cultural Centre) and Khan historic garden in Yazd can be singled out.

He is currently the head of Yazd World Heritage base as well as a member of Yazd City Council.