History is a constant struggle between those who build and those who destroy. You have to decide which team you’re on.
Culture is both our past and our future.
Having traveled extensively throughout Iraq and Afghanistan I have seen first-hand the existential threat that exists to the cultural heritage of those nations. ARCH’s mission is to do something about it.
I admire countries that protect and restore their heritage sites in a manner that transcends political viewpoints and modern day conflicts. Afghanistan has a rich but troubled history, and I believe the restoration of her heritage sites can be a source of healing past traumas and providing hope for the future.
Culture is the sum of those things that enable a community to find and understand its identity and to carry it forward into the future. In returning to the roots and origins of its cultural heritage, it can adapt and renew itself with thoughtful and considerate deliberation.
Marietta was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. At the age of 16 she participated in a student exchange program, which opened her eyes to cultural diversity and the benefits of mutual learning.
Marietta holds a PHD in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna, and an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration from the WU Wien and the Carlson School of Management in Minnesota.
Her work life is focused on a multi-generational family business. In 2003 she and her husband founded a high tech spin-off of the traditional firm: Securikett® is on the cutting edge of security measures that enable retailers and customers to distinguish authentic products from counterfeit or illegally trafficked items. Counterfeiting is a widespread problem, harmful not only to the legitimate producers and the deceived users but, for example in the case of medicines, presenting an imminent danger to life and health.
Marietta also is an active member of international standardization in the areas of identification and authentication, to combat counterfeiting and illicit trade. Technical Committee 292 for “Security and Resilience” is a subdivision of ISO, the International Standards Organization.
Marietta is inspired by the goals of ARCH and is a founding member.
For much of my working life, my office was underwater.
Nic Flemming was born in Stratford East London before WW2, and went to university in Cambridge in 1957 to study physics and chemistry. In 1958 he led an expedition of 8 undergraduates to Libya where they mapped the submerged Greek city of Apollonia. This led by tortuous paths to the development of new underwater technology and diving systems, the study of global sea level change, and the regional tectonics of earth movements in the Mediterranean. He has published over 300 scientific and technical papers and written or edited a dozen books. He has been a founder member and/or Chairman of the Society for Underwater Technology, the British Sub Aqua Club, the Underwater Association for Scientific Research, the Scientific Committee of the World Federation of Underwater Activities, and the International Oceanographic Data Exchange Committee of UNESCO. He represented UK at the UN Law of the Sea Conference, and was Secretary of the UK Committee on Marine Science and Technology. He was Director of the European Office of the Global Ocean Observing System. He made the first outline map of Pavlopetri in 1967, and has participated in several technical surveys of Pavlopetri in 1968, and 2008-2011.
Anthony Jones is a barrister in London, but grew up near the harbour in Sydney, Australia. Called to the bar in 2011, he practices in public law and international law, human rights, and commercial law, and frequently appears on behalf of non-government organizations in public interest litigation and advocacy before domestic, regional, and international courts and bodies. He holds a BA in Law from Oxford with First Class Honours, and a BA and MA in Classical Chinese from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours and the University Medal. Before becoming a lawyer, Anthony worked as a advisor to the Attorney-General of New South Wales and a speechwriter and advisor to the Australian Foreign Minister. He is a strong supporter of protection for cultural rights and the world’s shared heritage.
Culture is a funny thing…dive into it and you’ll get immune to it.
Arsalan Lutfi was born in the capital city of Kabul, Afghanistan. At the age of 13, right at the cusp of the Afghan Civil War, Arsalan and his family left their native country to continue their education and start a new life in the United States. From a very young age, it was evident that Arsalan was a born artist. He and his siblings used their passion for the arts and creatives to start a business called TriVision. Today, TriVision is an award-winning creative marketing and media communications company with locations in downtown Washington, DC, Northern VA, Baltimore, Miami and Kabul. As the Creative Director and Executive Vice President of TriVision, Arsalan is the driving force behind the company’s design and marketing departments. Arsalan is a multifaceted, solution-oriented, gifted leader who has managed several projects involving branding and strategic marketing campaigns for clients like the Export Import Bank of the United States, the World Bank, and the Department of Commerce. Arsalan’s passion for the arts combined with his dedication to his native Afghan culture is manifested in many projects he has been involved with over the years, positively impacted Afghan society and culture. These projects include the Afghan Songbook Project, the Afghan Women’s Rights nationwide media messaging campaign, National Geographic, Arch International, the National Gallery of Art, AUAF, Sesame Street, and many more. In addition, Arsalan is one of the founders of Tuti TV, the first live-stream television channel of its kind targeted to the Middle Eastern and South Asian audience, with the mission to promote and keep alive the indigenous music of that region which is nonetheless a major part of their culture but also fulfills the region’s need for creativity, expression and positive change.
Karlyn Stanley, Senior Researcher (adjunct), and Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School, RAND Corporation. Senior Researcher (adjunct) and lawyer at RAND Corporation, where she has published reports on automated, autonomous, and connected vehicles, among other technology-related research. She is a Professor of Law and Policy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Ms. Stanley began her legal career as a Trial Attorney in the Fraud Section, Criminal Division, at the U.S. Department of Justice. Subsequent to her legal experience at DOJ, she was a Senior Attorney at AT&T for five years, where she was responsible for major litigation on behalf of AT&T. She left AT&T to become a partner in a Washington, DC, law firm for eight years, where she represented and advised U.S. mobile carriers and technology companies. She was appointed Associate Vice President at Infosys Technologies, a global technology and research company based in Bangalore, India, in 2007 and moved to New Delhi, India, in 2009 to become Director-Legal Services for CPA Global, a UK-based technology and research company. She joined RAND in 2012. She has served as pro bono General Counsel for ARCH, Inc. since 2011.
Being proud of your culture and your heritage means also respecting that others have the same feelings of pride and attachment towards theirs. This doesn’t mean conflict. It enriches all of us.
Murat Palta was born in 1990 in Antakya, better known to the world as Antioch – the famous Silk Road city dating back to the fourth century BC. In this southernmost part of Turkey, next to the Syrian border, he grew up with many influences from varied cultures, religions and ethnic groups. After graduating from Dumlupinar University in Kütahya, an area known for its traditional art and ceramics, he decided to highlight his multicultural background through the medium of art. Ever since he’s been working as an illustrator, and his hallmark is a quirky mixture of Ottoman/Persian traditional art with modern elements. His poster series of Hollywood blockbusters transformed into Persian miniatures brought him international attention. For ARCH, he shines as the illustrator of our Storybook Series.
The failures of the present and anxiety for the future are directly proportional to our failures to learn from history and respect our past heritage.
Wouldn’t most of us wish to leave something behind on this planet, a creation of some sort, a legacy or a diary? I think heritage sites embody this fingerprint someone has left here for us. A feat of beauty of another time that managed to stick around for thousands of years – still here to fascinate and move us.
Sophia Schultz grew up in the baroque district of the small town of Kirchheimbolanden in South-West Germany, in a house that was built more than 200 years ago. Her journey into a career in cultural heritage began with her interest in contemporary art and the Middle East. After studying Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina close to Berlin, she began publishing in art catalogues and worked on political contemporary art and film projects. Her involvement in ARCH’s first project – the Bamiyan Project – began while she was a Middle East Politics postgraduate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Sophia has always admired the “troublemakers”; the people who courageously stand up for the greater good of humanity. In working to protect our shared history, she looks for the emotional connections to the past, and the universal experiences found within them. Sophia’s imperative is to communicate these personal stories to a wider audience, to foster a broader idea that we all share responsibility and ownership for the world’s heritage.
It is not political correctness to recognize the sensitivities of the particular customs, histories, and expressions of beauty unique to every culture. It is common human decency and an expression of our own thirsts for knowledge and understanding, crucial for fostering respect and empathy.
We can only preserve what we know. That’s why the study and sharing of knowledge about cultural heritage are essential to its protection.
Pavlopetri is important to the entire world. We are the local stewards of the site, with the responsibility to preserve, protect, and promote it, so we may learn what it has to teach us – and our children.
History is exciting and entertaining!
Culture is what we inherit from our ancestors.
Pavlopetri should be cherished and appreciated for it is truly remarkable.
Born in South Africa but both her parents come from Laconia. Magda holds 2 Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in English Literature, the other in Interpreting and has been working as a freelance conference interpreter since 1992 .Her working languages are Greek , English and Dutch . Magda is actively involved in the protection of Vatika Bay which has been so adversely affected by the anchoring of ships which started almost 15 years ago. Vatika Bay is home to loggerhead turtles which come every year to lay their eggs on the sandy beaches . The coastal area is part of the Natura 2000 network of the European Union and although it should be protected it is not as it has no Management Body. Tractors and quad bikes zoom over the sand dunes crushing the endangered sea daffodils and creating a death trap for turtle hatchlings which get disoriented and die of exhaustion. Pavlopetri, the oldest submerged city in the world also lies in the shallow waters of the Bay between the island of Elafonisos and the shore on the mainland. So far the shipowners have been able to enter the Bay and anchor their ships ,the aim being not just to acquire provisions but also to engage in polluting activities. Magda is an active member of the Greek Chapter of Arch International which is trying to protect Pavlopetri and Vatika Bay . She has helped in many of the efforts to promote sustainable tourism in the area (raising funds for the restoration of the Aghia Paraskevi Castle) and is a true nature lover.
The greatness of civilizations is measured by the quality of their public realm.
President of Lee and Associates, Inc. headquartered at Gallery Place in Washington D.C. He received the Presidential Citation from The American Society of Architects: AIA, for leading the design team for The Pentagon 9-11 Memorial. In 2007, he was inducted into The American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows; this is the highest honor achievable in the profession and he is the first Korean-American landscape architect to receive it.
During the past 25 years, he has crafted a body of work which integrates the complex relationship between man and nature to design ecological and sustainable solutions promoting responsible stewardship of our land, waterways, cities, gardens, parks and ultimately, the public realm. His focus on beauty and function along with a deep commitment to history and culture of natural and built places has produced many unique, award-winning projects in the U.S. and throughout the world. These have included the Cultural Tourism Master Plan for two centuries of Buddhism in China(Dazu); connective spaces for the Hajj(Mecca); and the bringing to renewed life of a historical Ottoman Pasha’s Palace(Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul).
Lee was a scholarship student at the University of Virginia in the School of Architecture in landscape architecture, fine arts and architecture. After working in Seoul, Korea; Doha, Qatar and on projects throughout Asia and the Middle East, he returned to the U.S.A. to launch his career in landscape architecture. He started his own firm in 1987 with high profile projects including the Finnish Chancery; The Korean Embassy Residence; The International Culture & Trade Center at the Ronald Reagan Building; Fort Belvoir Community Hospital; and the recently completed City Center. Lee serves on the Board of Managers for UVA Alumni Association; Council Member of FONA(Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum) and is a former Vice Chairman and Life member of The Committee of 100 on The Federal City, an organization founded in 1923 to safeguard and advance Washington’s historic distinction, natural beauty and livability.
Preserving and rebuilding their ancient heritage could help unify the Afghan population by giving them a deeper understanding of how much they share and what great things they are capable of accomplishing.
Historic sites are like a mirror, an honest picture, of ancient cultures.
Cultural awareness is not only seeing how one’s culture affects one’s own life, but also seeing that that may be different from another’s and how that difference may also enrich and broaden one’s life. Cultural awareness and diversity are what enhance the human experience, and therefore it is vital that we learn about it and restore its landmarks.
Cultural heritage is a bridge in so many ways, not just between past and present within a particular society, or between different societies and countries, but also as a personal bridge between one’s own past (their family history and cultural narrative), and one’s own personal identity.
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