18th of March 2018
Sponsored by the Deanery of the College of Engineering, A symposium was held in the Department of Architectural Engineering on Sunday the 18th of March 2018, titled:
“Collection of Archival Material available in the UK for the Documentation and Preservation of Prestigious and Infrastructure Buildings built during British and the Royal Rules 1917-1958”
Speakers in this symposium were Dr. Saba Sami Al-Ali and Dr. Mohammed Qasim Abdul Ghafoor.
Dr. Al Ali presented her project under the same title, on which she was granted a visiting Iraqi scholarship from the “British Institute for the study of Iraq” and visited the UK for the period 15 November to 15 December 2017 for this purpose. Her trip mainly included visiting the British Library, The National Archives, The RIBA library, the ICE library and the Wilson Mason Architects firm in London. She elucidated her aim of – Initiating a local digital archive of the modern movement architecture in Iraq, starting with early modernity of the 20th century. This archive would provide indispensable material for writing comprehensive historiography of any of these buildings, and make it available to Iraqi researchers as well as interested individuals.
Dr. Abduul Ghafoor spoke about the necessity of stimulating the documentation of Iraqi Architectural Heritage through the founding of an academic research entity that undertakes the task of forming a “Bank of Information for Iraqi Heritage Architecture”. This entity would establish relations of partnerships with other international organizations involved in such topic.
The symposium was attended by researchers and representatives from Baghdad Municipality, the Awqaf of Kerbala directorate, the departments of Architecture in the universities of Baghdad, Technology, Koya and the Center of urban Planning and Design in the University of Baghdad, as well as academics and students from the hosting department.