Khaldoun Bishara – the center of Riwaq

Khaldun BSHARA

RIWAQ, Nablus Road, al Bireh

P.O. Box 212 Ramallah, Palestine

t.: +970 2 2406925, f.: +970 2 2406986, Mobile: +970 599887848,

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Bshara (PhD) is an architect, restorer and anthropologist. He is currently the Director of Riwaq Centre, Ramallah, Palestine where he has worked since 1994 in documenting, protecting and restoring built Palestinian heritage. He received his B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University (1996) and his MA in Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (2000). Interested in refugees, space and memory, he joined the University of California, Irvine on a Fulbright Scholarship where he obtained his MA in Anthropology in 2009 and his PhD in 2012. Bshara carried out many architectural design and architectural restoration projects in Palestine. He is also the editor of Riwaq’s Monograph Series on Architectural History of Palestine (2010-present), and the author and co-author of number of books and articles. His most recent publications are “The Ottoman Saraya: All that Did Not Remain” (2017); “Biennales in Palestine: Thinking Art and Making Art” (2017); “The Structures and Fractures of Heritage Protection in Palestine” (2016).