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Seif El Rashidi

Seif El Rashidi

Historical Cairo

Seif studied City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a degree in History of Art and Architecture from the American University in Cairo. He works as senior planner at the Aga Khan Cultural Services in Egypt, a branch of the Historic Cities Support Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Geneva.

Historical Cairo
Seif works on a project which focuses on developing a new area conservation plan for the southern part of historic Cairo.

The master plan includes proposed land-use and conservation measures for every plot, a register of significant, previously un-listed buildings and architectural elements, revised building codes/development control measures, traffic measures, and infrastructure requirements. Developing a comprehensive urban revitalization strategy for two historic inner-city neighborhoods in al-Darb al-Ahmar, (Aslam Neighborhood, and Burg al-Zafar Area), including urban design and planning schemes to conserve the built environment, upgrade key public spaces, and improve the quality of public life.

In the past, he has undertaken social, economic and physical surveys in al-Darb al-Ahmar to identify community needs and development potentials and available physical and economic resources. He conceptualized the subsequent development of appropriate conservation and urban design proposals in line with planning laws and regulations, integrating the conservation and reuse of listed and significant buildings, with the amelioration of existing housing and the redesign of public spaces.

He has also carried out documentation research for the restoration and re-use of a former school (1911), two eighteenth century houses, and the eastern Ayyubid city wall (1171-1250); identifying architectural typologies, deciding on suitable materials and fittings, as well as the overseeing the procurement and manufacture of necessary architectural fittings appropriate for the buildings in question.