Alaa el-Habashi is an Egyptian architect, professor and heritage consultant. In his research and practice, el-Habashi seeks to develop a framework for preservation that respects the specificities of history and traditions, while working side by side with local communities.
In his PhD dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania (2001), el-Habashi studied and assessed the policies and practices of the Egyptian Comité de Conservation (1882-1953), the first preservation institution in the Arab World. He values and promotes the importance of the principles of the waqf (charitable endowment) system, which aims to preserve buildings in perpetuity, achieving an ethical message by involving and benefiting the local community.
Over the last 20 years, el-Habashi has worked in various Arab countries - Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Bahrain and Egypt - where he has developed architectural and urban conservation strategies tailored to different historic buildings, urban values and local traditions. As associate professor at Monofia University, he has supervised numerous master's theses and PhD dissertations on such topics as heritage conservation, the anthropological interpretation of heritage sites, and the relationship of modern architecture and historic fabric.
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