Learning from World Heritage

Lessons in International Preservation & Stewardship of Cultural & Ecological Landscapes of Global Significance

25-27 March 2004
Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA

Brenda Barrett

Brenda Barrett serves as the National Coordinator for Heritage Areas for the National Park Service in Washington D.C. Her responsibilities include managing budget, legislation and policy issues for the designated and proposed national heritage areas and corridors across the nation. She was formerly the Director of the Bureau for Historic Preservation at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the state’s public history agency in Harrisburg.   She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State Harrisburg in the field of historic preservation.

Brenda Barrett received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin in 1974.  She is also a 1977 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law of Penn State and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  She writes and lectures in the area of historic preservation, heritage tourism, and cultural resource management and heritage area policy.

Olwen Barbara Beazley

Olwen Beazley is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University in the Cross Cultural Research Centre and also works for the Commonwealth of Australia’s Department of Environment and Heritage, Heritage Management Branch.  Her work for the Department has included advising on issues related to World Heritage policy reform, cultural landscapes and wider World Heritage issues.

Ms. Beazley’s PhD research considers the history of ideas in relation to intangible heritage values – including those of associative, inspirational cultural landscapes – and how these values have been included on the World Heritage List since 1978.  It charts changes in policy and attitude to intangible heritage values and incorporates this together with the examination of how and why society ascribes certain places, which have no material heritage values, with associations, meanings and memories. She is a qualified field archaeologist and heritage manager and worked in senior positions in archaeology and heritage management in the United Kingdom before completing her Master of Heritage Conservation at University of Sydney, 2000 and taking up a scholarship at the Australian National University, March 2001.

Dinu Bumbaru

Dinu Bumbaru is a graduate in architecture of the Université de Montréal.  He also studied architectural conservation at ICCROM and at the University of York.  In 1982, he joined Héritage Montréal, an independent non-governmental association seeking to enhance the protection of historical, architectural, cultural and natural heritage in a metropolitan context. He is currently Director for Programs.

Mr. Bumbaru is Secretary of the Quebec Heritage Forum, a member of the Metropolitan Montreal Board of Trade’s Urban Development Committee, of Montreal Regional Environmental Council’s and Culture Montreal’s Boards of Directors.  In addition, he has been an active participant in the Canadian Committee of ICOMOS, and has served as a member of the International Executive Committee of the organisation (1993 – 2002). He has participated in UNESCO and ICOMOS missions to assess damage to the then besieged city of Dubrovnik (1992), to Kobe (Japan) and to Bam (Iran) after earthquakes in 1995 and 2003, respectively.  In 2002, the General Assembly of ICOMOS elected him Secretary General.

Salim Elwazani

Dr. Salim Elwazani is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Architecture & Environmental Design Studies Program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Historic preservation is a steady component of his teaching activities and the focus of his research agenda. He has written extensively on heritage resources and has presented his work in numerous domestic and international conferences.  A Registered Architect in the State of Ohio, he was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bahrain, Division of Architecture, in 2001-2002.

Elery Hamilton-Smith

Elery Hamilton-Smith is a sociologist by discipline and has applied his professional understandings in many fields of practice. He headed a major consulting practice that specialized in policy advice and program development for governments, and then became an academic. He has enjoyed a lifetime interest in the natural environment, published his first paper at 16 years of age and led a successful campaign for establishment of a new national park when he was 19 years old. His central life interest has been cave exploration and research. He is currently chair of the IUCN/WCPA Task Force on Cave and Karst Protection and professor in cave and karst management at Charles Sturt University in Australia.

Feng Han

Feng Han is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Science and Tourism in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at the University of Tongji, Shanghai, China.  She received both her BLA and MLA from Tongii University.  She is also a special researcher at the Chinese Academy of Management Science.

Ms. Han has been involved in various aspects of landscape and park tourism planning for over 15 years as a government planning consultant, researcher, practitioner, and scholar. She was involved in the first general tourism plan for Hainan Island, China, which earned her the National Progress Prize.  She is currently conducting her external PhD research in Queensland University of Technology, Australia, focusing on culture-related environmental ethics, planning and management in parks and protected areas in China.

Mary Humstone

Mary Humstone teaches architectural history and historic preservation, and coordinates outreach activities in the American Studies Program at the University of Wyoming.  A specialist in rural preservation, Humstone was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Japan in 2001-02.  There, she worked under the auspices of the Japan National Trust for Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation, investigating the status of Japan’s traditional landscapes and evaluating current conservation efforts.

Humstone is the former assistant director of the Mountains/Plains Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), and co-founder of BARN AGAIN!, a national program to preserve historic farm buildings.  She has lectured extensively on rural preservation in the United States and Japan, and has been published in the NTHP Forum Journal and Successful Farming magazine.

Jane Lennon

Jane Lennon AM is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Cultural Heritage of Asia Pacific, Deakin University, Melbourne, and an Australian Heritage Councillor. She is a past president of Australia ICOMOS and a former councillor of ICCROM. She has wide experience in heritage conservation. Her most recent work has involved projects for the Queensland Heritage Trails network, the Australia State of the Environment report 2001, World Heritage property management strategies, cultural landscape management guidelines and the Getty Conservation Institute project on values –based management of cultural sites.

Nora J. Mitchell

Nora Mitchell is the founding director of the U.S. National Park Service’s Conservation Study Institute established in 1998 to enhance leadership in the field of conservation, and is also adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont.  In collaboration with partners, the Institute provides a forum for the conservation community to discuss contemporary issues and practice, conservation history, and future directions for the field. For eight years prior to this, Nora served as founding director of the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, the National Park Service’s technical center for research, planning, and preservation stewardship of significant cultural landscapes.

In her 25-year career with the U.S. National Park Service and more recently as university faculty, Nora has worked on both cultural and natural resource management of many national parks and has actively sought partnerships for accomplishing this work within the U.S. National Park Service and with academic and nongovernmental organizations. Since a 1988 four-month fellowship in England, Nora has been actively involved with World Heritage USA, serving as the first chair of the cultural landscapes committee; IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Protected Areas; and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre working on the recognition and protection of landscapes internationally. Nora is he author of numerous articles including chapters in a forthcoming book from UNESCO on cultural landscapes, Cultural Landscapes of Universal Value, and Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground.  Nora holds Masters degrees in Ecology from the University of Montana, and Environmental Planning and Policy from Tufts University, and a doctorate in Landscape Studies, a multidisciplinary degree from Tufts University.

Tomas O Caoimh

Tomas O Caoimh is a graduate in Celtic Studies and has specialized in research into lives of the saints, monastic foundations and pilgrimage sites in the early medieval period in Ireland. He has carried out research into the Lives of St. Brendan, the 6th century voyager, whose travels are narrated in the medieval classic, the Navigatio Sancti Brendani , one of the most widely copied texts of medieval Europe. He has also been drawing together material for a Calendar and Martyrology of the medieval saints of the Celtic world. Since 1992 Tomás has been a member, first of the National Heritage Council, and then of the Heritage Council, the Irish State¹s advisory body to the Government on heritage.

He has been the Chair of the Council’s Museums and Archives Committee and also chair of the Council’s Working Group on the Pilgrim Paths Project, an initiative to work with local communities in restoring a number of the medieval pilgrim routes in Ireland. He has been a judge in the Irish Museum of the Year Awards for a number of years and chaired the judging panel in 2003. He is also a member of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland, the Munster Vice-President of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and a Fellow of the Society, and the Joint Editor of the Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society. In May 2000 Pope John Paul II appointed him as a Consultor to the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church.

Patricia M. O’Donnell

Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP, chair of the Scientific Committee for the 7th World Heritage USA Symposium, is widely recognized as a leader and expert in the field of historic landscape preservation.  She received master degrees in landscape architecture and urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1981 to 1991, she spearheaded the expansion of the American Society of Landscape Architects Historic Preservation Committee.  In 1987, she founded Heritage Landscapes, a professional firm with nearly 300 landscape preservation project credits that has garnered 26 professional awards. In the 1980s and 1990s, O’Donnell actively advocated U.S. Government support of cultural landscape preservation through staffing, theme studies, legislation and appropriation. She serves on the boards of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. She participated in the 1993 cultural landscape experts’ summit organized by UNESCO World Heritage, the 1999 World Heritage USA Cape Coast, Ghana Planning Workshop as well as ICOMOS-sponsored committees and conferences.

Brian Orland

Brian Orland was appointed Head of Landscape Architecture at Penn State in 2000.  Prior to that, he was Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois.  He has degrees in Architecture, from the University of Manchester, and in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, from 1989-1996.

A Registered Architect since 1977, he has worked in Europe, Africa and the Americas, consulting in tourism development, neighborhood planning, heritage planning, and forest management.  Along with colleagues in Illinois, he participated in planning studies in India for Sarnath and for the Taj Mahal Cultural Heritage Area.   He has particular expertise in the design of on-line information systems to support community based development initiatives.

Maria Susana Pataro

Maria Susana Pataro has a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Buenos Aires University.  After working as a schoolteacher, she joined Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship as a career diplomat. She has been posted in Greece, Italy, and France, serving as Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO (1994 – 2000).

Ms. Pataro has been involved in the implementation of UNESCO Conventions for the protection of natural and cultural heritage, and was instrumental in organizing the Argentine World Heritage Committee (WHC). She serves as the representative of the Argentine Foreign Ministry in the Argentine WHC, as well as in the National Commission for UNESCO and the Argentine Committee Fighting the Illicit Transfer of Cultural Property.  She is also an ICOM member.  In 2002, she headed the Argentine Delegation to the XXVI Session of the World Heritage Committee, in Budapest. She is currently closely involved with the Qhapaq Nan project, which had its first technical meeting in Lima last April.

Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips is the Vice Chair for World Heritage of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of IUCN, and has worked on World Heritage topics for a number of years. Between 1994 and 2000 he was chair of WCPA. He is now editor of the IUCN Protected Areas Best Practice Management series.

Within the UK, he was for 11 years the Director General of the UK’s Countryside Commission, and before that an employee of IUCN and UNEP.  Until 2001, he was Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University, Wales. He now serves in a voluntary capacity in support of several conservation NGOs in the UK.

Adrian has written extensively on landscape and landscape protection issues. He has promoted the idea of ‘protected landscapes’ among nature conservationists as a category of protected area that brings together the conservation of both cultural and natural qualities; and has been a strong advocate of Cultural Landscapes under the World Heritage Convention.

Mechtild Rossler

Dr. Mechtild Rössler has a MA (1984) in cultural geography from Freiburg University (Germany) and a Ph.D. (1988) from the Faculty for Earth Sciences, University of Hamburg. She joined the Research Centre of the “Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie” (Paris, France) in 1989 on a CNRS post and worked in 1990/91 as visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley/USA (Department of Geography). In 1991 she joined UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, first the Division for Ecological Sciences, and since 1992 the UNESCO World Heritage Centre  as a  programme specialist and responsible officer for natural heritage and cultural landscapes. In July 2001 she became Chief of Europe and North America in charge of half of all World Heritage sites and 50 States Parties.  She has published 7 books, more than 50 articles, and contributes to the editorial board of three international journals.

Amita Sinha

Amita Sinha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Universty of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her research interests include Cultural Landscapes of South Asia. She has been involved in designing for three world heritage projects in India–Sarnath, Taj Mahal, and more recently Champaner-Pavagadh (to be awarded WHS shortly). She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley and is the author of forthcoming “Landscapes in India–Forms and Meanings” by University Press of Colorado.

Augusto Villalón

Augusto Villalón is a preservation architect and head of A Villalón Associates, a Manila-based firm specializing in architectural and heritage conservation. His experience involves numerous historic sites throughout the Philippines archipelago. Mr Villalón serves as president of the Heritage Conservation Society in Manila, UNESCO Commissioner for the Philippines, Chairman of the ICOMOS National Committee of the Philippines, and a co-opted member of the international Executive Committee of ICOMOS. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and the general press and, most recently, of the book Lugar, a compendium of heritage sites in the Philippines.  In 2003, he was honored with the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Culture Heritage Conservation for his work and involvement in the conservation of the historic Gota de Leche Building, headquarters for a philanthropic organization that provides free pediatric care and milk for poor children.