Heritage Architect – Mud Brick International Expert
Ph.D. in conservation of mud-brick archaeological sites from Sorbonne University, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France; Post-graduate (D.E.A), History and Archaeology at EPHE Sorbonne, Paris, France; Master’s Degree in Earthen Architecture from CRATerre-ensag research Center, [l’école nationale supérieure d’architecture de Grenoble, France]; and Architectural Degree from the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism of Constantine University, Algeria. Architect Mahmoud Bendakir is an international expert and UNESCO consultant for several projects. He was also an active member of the International Center for Earth Construction – CRATerre for more than 16 years (between 1994 and 2010).
Dr. Bendakir has worked for more than 25 years in the field of world heritage conservation and earthen construction. Between 1991 and 2010, he was a member of the CRATerre-ensag team and associate researcher at the Higher National School of Architecture of Grenoble. He was involved in several conservation programs and initiated different projects as a senior expert with the CRATerre-ensag International Center for Earthen Building; he has conducted important works in the field of conservation and earth construction worldwide.
He has been a member of the French archaeological mission in Mari (Syria) for over 20 years, and directed the site conservation program there between 1991 and 2010. In addition, he has carried out academic research for more than 10 years and regularly runs international seminars and meetings in heritage conservation. He has published several books and articles in this field. In parallel, he carried out a number of expertise and training program missions as a consultant to international organizations such as UNESCO, ICOMOS, and the World Monuments Fund.
Dr Bendakir has several major projects on his resumé, such as the recent conservation project at AlUla Old Town in Saudi Arabia, the conservation and development of the Atturaif district in Adiriyah (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the renewal of AlDoho quarter in the historic center of Riyadh. In Iraq, he restored the Shihab Chalabi house in the Erbil Citadel, and he has carried out projects in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Babylon, Samarra, and Assur. In Syria, he was responsible for the conservation and development of the Mari site. He has significant experience in Central Asia, having worked in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan, as well as having worked on sites in Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Kuwait, Benin, and Nepal.