Dr Eisa Esfanjary
Over the last 15 years, Eisa Esfanjary has been immersed in the field of architectural and urban conservation, both in Scotland and in Iran. He has a PhD in Urban Conservation from the University of Edinburgh. Eisa has conservation experience of restoring over 50 historic buildings, archaeological sites and urban structures. Currently, his interests are principally concerned with the historical and morphological development of towns and cities and understanding the underlying pattern of formation and transformation; how a particular settlement is structured and how it has matured; what features have been changed over time and what elements have been sustained in the urban landscape, and how best we can preserve what we have inherited.
He has been a key contributor to 12 research grants valued over €1 million, and has managed projects in architecture and urban conservation, including works on the World Heritage City of Bam and Maibud in Iran and Edinburgh World Heritage in Scotland. In 2011 – 2012, Eisa worked as a volunteer for Edinburgh World Heritage as a Building at Risk Officer. He conducted a commission on the Priority Areas Churches of Scotland in 2014. This work evaluated capital investment in the Church’s buildings in Priority Areas, and the need for a strategy to prioritise work. He has recently completed a commission with Mapping Edinburgh Social History (MESH project), as an editor of Open Street Map (OSM), which was funded by AHRC.
His extensive teaching experience both at undergraduate and postgraduate level has produced extremely positive feedback from students and staff. He has taught Masterclasses and PhD courses at the Art University of Isfahan, and at the University of Edinburgh (HCA, ECA and OLL, 2012-15), as well as supervising six PhD and over 25 Master thesis. He has experience in large-group lecturing and small-group tutorials at honours level.
His publication record is extensive, including the edited volume Maibud the City that Exists, and a very recent book Persian Historic Urban Landscapes: Interpreting and Managing Maibud Over 6000 years, published by Edinburgh University Press, 2017. Eisa has published over twelve scholarly articles, and with his colleagues James Simpson and Tom Addyman is working on a forthcoming book entitled New Approaches to the Conservation of Edinburgh World Heritage City.
Left: Reconstruction of the Dih Nu Mosque, Maibud, Iran. Right: Open street map of the New Town of Edinburgh, 2015.