Thursday, February 15, 5:00 – 7:30

Senior Architect on the Darul Aman Palace Restoration project in Kabul, Afghanistan, Masouma Delijam will lecture on the nature and scope of the project, and her work in Afghanistan. The lecture will be followed by a question & answer session.

Masouma Delijam was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, but moved to Iran during the civil wars in Afghanistan. She received her  bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kabul Polytechnic University, and began working with the Omran Holding Group, a multinational design and construction firm based in Afghanistan. For six years, Delijam worked closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers on developments in and around Afghanistan. In 2016, Delijam began working on the Dar-Ul-Aman Palace Restoration, as the senior architect.

This palace was built for Amanullah Khan, ruler of Afghanistan between 1919 and 1929, and was intended to be the center of a new capital city. While the palace was completed, the city was never realized: Khan was deposed in 1929, and his city plans abandoned, leaving the palace standing alone. From the 1970s through 2012, the palace was burned, bombed, and repeatedly damaged by the rebel groups. Still standing today, the Afghan government began a USD $20 million restoration and renovation, set to be completed in 2019 to celebrate the centenary of Afghanistan’s independence from Britain. The Palace is slated to become a Museum of Afghan culture, but there is much work ahead. Initially 600 tons of debris was removed from the interior of the 150-room building. Currently, the non structural masonry walls are being repaired, and plaster work is being removed and cleaned in preparation for plaster restoration.

Delijam relocated to Richmond, Virginia with her family in early 2017. She is currently at Walter Parks.

 

This lecture is $10 per person. Register here!

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