College of Fellows Keynote

Dr. Rohit Jigyasu

clientuploads/2013_conference_art/Rohit COF Keynote.jpgThe APT College of Fellows (COF) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Rohit Jigyasu, a conservation architect and risk management consultant from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), as this year's Keynote Lecturer on Sunday evening, October 13, at APT NYC 2013,

In the light of rapid urbanization and increasing frequency and intensity of natural- and human-induced hazards, historic cities are more vulnerable to disasters than ever before. Through various examples, Dr. Jigyasu's presentation, Global Challenges and Initiatives for Disaster Risk Reduction in Historic Urban Areas, will outline various challenges confronting historic urban areas, especially in the developing world. An integrated approach for disaster risk reduction and sustainable development of historic urban areas that balances "heritage values" and "safety concerns" will be articulated. The presentation will conclude by showcasing urban heritage as a source of resilience of communities.

Dr. Jigyasu is a member of the  Executive Committee of ICOMOS and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP). After undertaking his post-graduate degree in Architectural Conservation from School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, he obtained his doctoral degree from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim Norway on “Reducing Disaster Vulnerability through Local Knowledge and Capacity-the Case of Earthquake Prone Rural Communities in India and Nepal.”

Dr. Jigyasu has been teaching as the visiting faculty at several national and international academic institutions in India and abroad. He has also been consultant to several national and international organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, National Institute of Disaster Management, UNESCO, ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute for conducting research and training on Cultural Heritage Risk Management. Dr. Jigyasu has also contributed to several international publications and is the author of the World Heritage Resource Manual on “Managing Disaster Risks for World Heritage” published by UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN and the recently published 'Training Guide on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Urban Areas.'

The presentation occurs during the installation of APT's new Fellows, as well as the presentation of the Harley McKee Award, on Sunday, October 13 starting at 6 p.m. APT conference registration includes admittance to this event and lecture. Review the full agenda>

Recent COF Lecturers include:
2009—Richard A. Engelhardt, UNESCO Charge de Mission
2010—Gustavo Araoz, ICOMOS
2011—Carolina Castellanos, Cultural Heritage Consultant
2012—Gerard Lynch, The Red Mason


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