Francesco Bandarin

Associate Member – Italy (April 2019)

Former UNESCO ADG Culture

Francesco Bandarin is an Architect and Urban Planner, specialized in Urban Conservation. He holds degrees in Architecture (IUAV Venice) and City and Regional Planning (UC Berkeley) and has been Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation at the University of Venice (IUAV) from 1980 to 2016.

From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Secretary of the World Heritage Convention. From 2010 to 2018 he served as Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and a Senior Advisor to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. He is member of ICOMOS Italy, of ICOM Italy and of the Board of the Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture in Turin. He has served as President and member of several international Juries and Committees, including the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Shenzhen Creative Design Award (SCDA), the Getty Conservation Institute.

His recent publications include: The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing Heritage in an Urban Century, 2012 and Reconnecting the City. The Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage, 2015, both co-authored with Ron van Oers and published by Wiley-Blackwell. A comprehensive book on the Historic Urban Landscape experience, Re-shaping Urban Conservation, co-edited with Ana Pereira Roders, has been published by Springer, 2019. He has been working since several year on Polar heritage matters, both as part of UNESCO’s Secretariat and as independent researcher. Currently, he is co-directing (with Giulia Foscari) the Antarctica200 Polar Research Lab at the Architectural association School of Architecture of London, aimed to study the evolution of Antarctic constructions, architecture and engineering, in collaboration with the main Antarctic Institutions and several National Antarctic Programs. A Symposium on the subject is planned in 2020 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica.

Research projects/interests

Antarctica200 Polar Lab at Architectural Association School of Architecture, London

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Areas of interest

Polar heritage and Architecture.

Urban conservation

World Heritage

Urban Reconstruction and Recovery


Polar Heritage, Polar Architecture