Omniya Abdel Barr
Omniya is an architect and specialist in cultural heritage conservation, working with the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
I'm joined by architect and a specialist in cultural heritage conservation, Omniya Abdel Barr. Omniya has worked on some landmark projects in the region, and now divides her time between the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation (EHRF) in Cairo and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. Omniya was also one of four co-curators of the Islamic Art Biennale in Jeddah.
Omniya talks about the effort that goes into maintaining our historical sites, including raising funds from across the region’s benefactors and institutions. My conversation with Omniya is a reminder that cultural heritage is as important to a nation’s foundation and economy as tangible industries like manufacturing or oil.
As always, we'll have a bonus episode with a few more details about her projects and what's in her cultural inbox. That'll be out for members next week.