Past Conservation Guest Scholars


David Bourgarit, Head of the Metal Group. Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, Paris. "A technical database on French bronze sculpture: Design and data analysis," April–June 2014

Francesca Merrick Esmay, Conservator, Panza Collection. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. "Research on the methods and materials of two American artists: Dan Flavin (1933-1996) and John Chamberlain (1927–2011)," January–March, 2014

Filiz Kuvvetli, Senior Conservator. The Art Conservation Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. "The colour of Functionalism," January–March, 2014

Ruven Lucio Saravana Pillay, Research Scientist. Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, Paris. "Computational image analysis and visualization for art conservation," April–June, 2014

Paul Schwartzbaum, Independent scholar; formerly Senior Technical Advisor and Conservator for Museum Construction and Overseas Exhibitions, Guggenheim Foundation, New York. "The history and potential downside of preventive conservation in the exhibition of works of art," September–December, 2013

Marianne Elizabeth Webb, Conservator, Webb Conservation Services, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, Canada. "Understanding the discoloration of Asian lacquer," January–June 2014

Gregory Cyril Young, Independent scholar, Sydney, Australia. "Building capacity in cultural sustainability: A shared model for conservation, sustainability, and culture," April –June, 2014


Lynn Pamela Campbell, Conservator, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand. "An Investigation into New and Recent Methods and Processes Involved in the Salvage of Heritage Collections in an Earthquake Zone." September–December 2012

Neil McKerrow Thornton Jackson, Professor of Architecture, University of Liverpool, England. "Conserving the California Steel House: A Guide to Good Practice." January–March 2013

Katarina Kristianova, Professor, Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Bratislava. "Gardens of MoMo in Slovakia: Aspects of Preservation and Restoration." January–March 2013

Marina Pugliese, , Director, Comune di Milano, Museo del Novecento, Italy. "The Impact of Lucio Fontana's Research on Environmental Artworks and Installations Between 1950 and 1970: Historical, Documentary, and Conservation Issues." April–June 2013

Donald Shelby Sale, Preventive Conservation Manager, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, England. "Developing a Methodology for the Evaluation of Adhesives and Consolidants for Sculpture and Objects Made of Transparent Plastics Using Accelerated and Natural Long-Term Aging." October 2012–March 2013


James Ashby, Independent Scholar, Ottawa, Canada. "Meddling with megastructures; developing a heritage conservation approach for building complexes of the late Modern era". April – June, 2012.

Tharron Bloomfield, Independent Scholar, Melbourne, Australia. "Engaging indigenous participation: toward a more diverse profession". September – December 2011.

Stephen Hackney, Independent Scholar; formerly The Tate, London, UK . "The interaction between a painting and its immediate environment". January – March, 2012.

Yvonne Shashoua, Senior Researcher, National Museum of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. "Investigation of the effectiveness of adsorbents to inhibit degradation of cellulose nitrate and acetate". January – June, 2012.

Heather Viles, Professor, Oxford University, UK. "Green ruins? Linking biodiversity and cultural heritage conservation". September – December, 2011.


Dr. Thalia Kennedy, Independent Scholar, former Director, Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture. "The Appropriate Revival of Artistic Traditions".

Dr. Ian MacLeod, Executive Director, Collections Management and Conservation, Western Australian Museum. "Conservation of Shipwrecks: Sites and Collections".

Dr. Tim Winter, Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney. "Remains to be Seen: How Asian Societies Negotiate their Past".

Dorji Yangkii, Independent Scholar, Thimphu, Bhutan. "Preservation of the Vernacular Architecture of Bhutan".



Dr. Dina D'Ayala, Senior lecturer at the University of Bath. "Ensuring Safety, Preserving Significance: A Significance-Based Seismic Safety Approach for the Protection of Architectural Heritage."

Dr. Roy Stephen Berns, R. S. Hunter Professor in Color Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Center for Imaging Science. "The Use of Color and Imaging Sciences in the Analysis and Display of Visual Arts."

Monique Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator, North East Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). "Characterization of Digital Output Media."

Dr. Daniela Pinna, Scientist, Opificio Delle Pietre Dure. "Assessment of Methods and Products Applied for the Control of Biodeteriogens Growing on Artificial and Natural Stone Objects. State of the Art and Perspectives."

Michael Taylor, Cultural Resources Manager and Historic Architect, National Park Service. "Cultural Routes: Preservation, Protection, and Interpretation Strategies."

Dr. Christina Young, Senior Lecturer, Courtauld Institute of Art. "An Experimental Investigation into the Interpretation of the Glass Transition Temperature in the Context of Paintings."

Ronald Van Oers, Program Specialist, UNESCO. "City under Siege—Preserving Heritage in the Urban Century."



Richard Mackay, Partner, Godden Mackay Logan (heritage consultants, Sydney, Australia). "Critical Factors in Cultural Heritage Management."

Christian Ost, Dean, ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium. "A Guide for Town Planning in Historic Cities Using Economics of Conservation Methodology."

Lassana Cissé, Head, Cultural Mission of Bandiagara, Mali. "The Conservation and Management of African Living Cultural Sites: The Case of the Bandiagara Cliff Dwellings."

Silvio Zancheti, Professor, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. "Indicators of Authenticity and Integrity for Urban Heritage Areas."



Nancy Odegaard, Professor, University of Arizona. "Conservation and Conservation Science: Guidelines for Collaborative Study."

Marcelle Scott, Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia. "Conservation Interdisciplinarity and Pedagogical Implications."

Franziska Frey, Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. "Connections between Imaging Practices and Digital Preservation."

Véronique Vergés-Belmin, Laboratoire de Recherche des Monuments Historiques, Paris. "Toward Guidelines for Reducing the Risks of Pushing Salts in the Substrate (Stone or Brick) in the Case of Poultice Desalination."

Zhang Yanhua, National Research Center for Historic Cities, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. "Creating Partnerships Between the Public and Private Sector for Urban Conservation Implementation and Management in China."



Gilberto Artoli, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Milan. "Analytical Methods and Techniques in Cultural Heritage."

Dr. Brian Egloff, Professor, Heritage studies, University of Canberra. "Drafting ICAHM Charter Guidelines: A Theoretical Review and Applied Process."

Sophia Labadi, Project Coordinator, UNESCO World Heritage Centre. "Outstanding Universal Value—Contradictions, Problems, and Perspectives."

John Fidler, English Heritage. "Raising the Bar: setting standards for the achievement of competency in building conservation by the design of model curricula, lesson plans and resources guides for the raining of architects in higher education and continuing professional development."

John McElhone, Photograph Conservator, National Gallery of Canada. "Photographic printing media from the 1850s."

Bertrand Lavédrine, Director, Conservation Training Program, University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne. "Reshaping a Conservation Science Programme for Conservators."

Dr. Maria Nuria Sanz, Program Specialist, Latin American and Caribbean Unit of the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO."Nomination of the Qhapaq Ñan (QÑ) to the UNESCO World Heritage List".

Iwona Szmelter, Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland. "Advanced Study on the Contemporary Theory of Conservation-Restoration."



Mary-Lou Florian, Emeritus research associate and conservation scientist, the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC. "Analysis of discoloration in irregular-shaped fungal fox stops."

Lorenzo Lazzarini, Professor of Applied Petrography, Department of Architectural History, Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy. "The colored stones of ancient Greece: quarries, history of use, characterization, deterioration."

Alan Phenix, Senior Lecturer, Conservation of Fine Art Department, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Northumbria University, UK. " Environmental dynamic mechanical analysis of artists’ and conservation materials and a textbook for conservation provisionally titled Use of Organic Solvents in Art Conservation: Theory and Practice."

Henri Van Damme, Professor, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris, France. "Traditional mineral materials: a gentle introduction to their chemomechanics."

Dr. Jan Wouters, Laboratory for Materials and Techniques, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (IRPA), Brussels, Belgium. "A contribution to the characterization of ancient Chinese colorants."



Dr. George Okello Abungo, Heritage planning and management consultant; former Director General, National Museums of Kenya. "Developing strategies for sustainable management and use of intangible heritage in Africa."

Dr. Maria Barbara Bertini, Director of State Archives, Milan, Italy. "Preventive conservation and emergency planning for archives."

Ulrich Birkmaier, Conservator, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, USA. "Investigation of a painting support utilized by Marsden Hartley: the Webster Academy Board."

Dr. Andreas Krase, Curator of the Hermann Krone Collection, Dresden University of Technology, Germany. "The memory of the material: studies on an expanded understanding of historical photographs."

Dr. Maria Pia Riccardi, Researcher, mineralogy and petrology of ancient artifacts, University of Pavia, Italy. "Investigation of ancient technologies as a prerequisite for the conservation of lime plasters and windowpanes: a research model extendable to other contexts."



Denis Byrne, Manager, Research Unit, Cultural Heritage Division, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, Australia. "Religious value—Asia and Australia."

Gerhard Eggert, Head, Objects Conservation Study Program, Department of Cultural Heritage Conservation, State Academy of Art and Design, Germany. "Textbook: iron conservation and corrosion."

Jane Lennon, Adjunct Professor, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia. "Planning and management of historic sites."

Alice Paterakis, Head Conservator, Agora Excavations and Museum, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. "Problems of bronze storage in museums."

Hans-Jürgen Schwarz, Research Scientist and Project Coordinator, North German Center for Material Science of Cultural Property, Germany. "Salt damage on porous materials."

Daniel Torrealva, Principal Professor, Department of Engineering, Catholic University of Peru. "Seismic strengthening of stone masonry in architectural heritage."

Isabelle Vinson, Editor in Chief, Museum International, Sector for Culture, UNESCO, France. "The concept of international heritage: international values versus global market forces."

Antoine Wilmering, Professor, Wooden Objects Conservation, Graduate Institute of Conservation of Cultural Relics, Tainan National College of Arts, Taiwan. "Historic developments in furniture restoration and conservation."



Alicia García Santana, Ministerio de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y el Medio Ambiente, Cuba. "Study of Hispanic vernacular houses of the Caribbean region."

Setha Low, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. "Social sustainability in heritage conservation: people, history, and values."

Carl Pruscha, Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. "Preservation and conservation of vernacular architecture in mountainous regions."

Aparna Tandon, Amar Mahal Museum and Library, India. "Developing a preservation manual for Indian collections of cultural heritage artifacts."

Koenraad Van Balen, R. Lemaire Centre for Conservation, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. "Lime mortars and plasters: their histories, compositions, carbonation mechanisms, and potential contribution to sustainable building techniques."

Albert Wiedemann, Technical University of Berlin, Germany. "Simple geodetic and photogrammetric methods for conservation purposes."



Mary M. Brooks, Head of Studies and Research, and Senior Lecturer, Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, UK. "Research on regenerated protein fibers—developed and used in the first half of the twentieth century—to enhance recognition and develop effective conservation protocols."

Angel E. Cabeza, Archaeologist, professor of cultural heritage conservation, University of Chile, and Executive Secretary, Chilean Council of National Monuments, Chile. "Elaboration of a protection plan for the archaeological monuments of Chile."

Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, Conservator of Historic Buildings, Historic Landmarks Office, Berlin, Germany. "Methodology for identifying and protecting the most significant monuments, sites, and landscapes of Berlin."

Catharina M. Groen, Conservation Scientist, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. "Research on colored ‘double ground’ (red with gray above), a type of preparatory layer often used in European canvas paintings during the sixteenth to twentieth centuries."

M. Isabel Kanan, Architect, Instituto do Patrimônio Historico e Artistico Nacional (IPHAN), Florianópolis, and Lecturer, Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil. "Technical manual for the training of Brazilian conservation professionals and practitioners working with architectural lime materials in historic structures."



Dr. Raquel Carreras, Laboratorio de Investigaciones, Centro Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museología, Cuba. "Manual for identification of the main woods used in historic edification, fine furniture, and sculpture."

Dr. Leonardo Barci Castriota, Chair, Department of Architectural History and Theory, and Professor of Architecture, Minas Gerais Federal University (Brazil). "Conservation areas: the management of change."

Sharon Cather, Deputy Director, Conservation of Wall Paintings Department, Courtauld Institute of Art, UK. "Conserving wall paintings: a comprehensive new book."

Giacomo Chiari, Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Scienze Mineralogiche e Petrologiche, Università di Torino, Italy. "Study of Maya blue by various means of synthesis and thermoanalysis of the products."

Dr. Thomas Learner, Conservation Scientist and Conservator of Twentieth Century Paintings, Tate Gallery, UK. "An examination of the extractable components from acrylic emulsion paints."

Blanca E. Niño Norton, Architect, UNDP Voluntarios and University Francisco Maoruduin, Guatemala. "Documentation and inventory of cultural property as a tool against illicit traffic of cultural heritage, and working kit."

Olga Pizano, Architect, consultant in cultural heritage, Columbia. "Protection instruments on the international level and the education and management of architectural and urban heritage in Columbia in the twentieth century."

Eugenio Yunis, Head, Sustainable Development of Tourism, World Tourism Organization, Spain. "Tourism and heritage conservation: economic and cultural dimensions."

Last updated: July 2014