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Khaldun Bshara

Influential in conserving and restoring

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Date of Birth:



Nazreth, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Khaldun Bshara's contributions to the field of architectural conservation, particularly focusing on Palestinian heritage, are noteworthy. His interdisciplinary expertise in architecture, restoration, and anthropology has been pivotal in preserving and documenting Palestinian built heritage. His efforts play a crucial role in maintaining the cultural and historical identity of the region, especially under challenging conditions.

Brief bio

As a prominent figure in architectural conservation, Khaldun Bshara has distinguished himself through his dedicated work in the preservation of Palestinian heritage. His unique combination of skills in various disciplines allows him to approach conservation with a holistic perspective, ensuring the safeguarding of important historical and cultural sites. His work not only preserves physical structures but also contributes significantly to the understanding and appreciation of Palestinian history and culture.

Major Milestones


  • 1996: Graduated with a B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine.

  • 2000: Received a Master's degree in Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

  • 2009: Earned a Master's degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, on a Fulbright Scholarship.

  • 2012: Completed his Ph.D. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine.

  • 2010-2020: Served as the Director of Riwaq Centre in Ramallah, focusing on documenting, protecting, and restoring Palestinian heritage.

  • Directorship at Riwaq Centre: As Director of Riwaq Centre, he played a pivotal role in conserving Palestinian architectural heritage...See More

  • Educational Contributions: His role as an assistant professor at Birzeit University enhances the academic landscape in anthropology and architecture...See More

  • Research and Publications: He has authored and co-authored several significant publications, including works on architectural history and heritage in Palestine...See More

  • Guiding Restoration Projects: His expertise in architectural restoration has been vital in numerous projects across Palestine, ensuring the preservation of historical structures and spaces.

  • Advocacy for Heritage Conservation: Bshara has been a vocal advocate for the preservation of Palestinian heritage, contributing to the discourse on the importance of cultural identity in architecture and conservation.

Date of Last Update: 
January 16, 2024

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