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Lecturer in Architectural Conservation


Depute Director, Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies


Minto House, Room 4.08, The Maltings


Ruxandra is a registered architect and urbanist specialising in the historic environment. She teaches and undertakes professional training and consultancy work in the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies. After graduating from Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, she studied Medieval Studies at Central European University, before pursuing PhD research on “Ideology of Urban Conservation” at the University of Edinburgh.

Ruxandra worked as inspector of historical monuments at the Romanian Ministry of Culture, consultant to the Heritage Settlements Unit, ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) in Rome, and contributed to Europa Nostra, ICCROM, and UNESCO international projects dealing with technical aspects, management, and awareness in heritage conservation and cultural landscapes. She was co-ordinator of the Edinburgh Cast Collection project (awarded £0.5 mil. Heritage Lottery Fund grant) and editor of the Edinburgh Architecture Research journal. Ruxandra is an expert member of the International Scientific Committee for Theory and Philosophy of ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites), Forum UNESCO – University and Heritage, and co-founding member of the Schools of Architecture in World Heritage Sites network.


Courses: Urban Conservation, World Heritage, Building Analysis, Design Intervention, History and Theory of Conservation

MSc and PhD supervision

Lectures/seminars for Architectural History and Heritage in Practice, Cultural Landscapes Colloquium, Architectural Design: Tectonics


Research interests: 

  • urban conservation
  • history of urbanism
  • history and theory of conservation
  • memory and identity


Current and past PhD students

  • Ezequiel Colmenero Acevedo. Investigating Activism Around New Developments in Edinburgh’s Historic Centre: The Internet, Sense of Place and Place Identity
  • Georgina Ritchie. The Influence of Shifting Values on the Acquisition, Conservation and Perceived Authenticity of Scottish Heritage Sites in State Care
  • Giovanni Spizuoco (Visiting PhD). Patrick Geddes e la città antica dalla Old Town di Edimburgo all’esperienza indiana, 2020
  • Lizzie Induni. Corrugated Iron Buildings in Britain: Cultural Significance and Conservation Challenges, 2020
  • Chuan Wang: The Ambiguity and Mutability of Labels for Urban Futures: Re-thinking through Terminology-based and Lacanian Discourse Analyses, 2019
  • Nikolia Kartalou. Dissolving [In]Tangible Cultural Heritage: Exploring material performative endurance in a locus of temporal transition, 2019
  • Hiba Alkhalaf. Sense of Place: Towards Integrated Conservation and Sustainable Urban Development Practice, 2018
  • Elisa Pilia (Visiting PhD). Urban Ruins: Memorial Value and Contemporary Role, 2017
  • Mohd Sabere Sulaiman. Challenges in the Conservation of the Negeri Sembilan Traditional Malay House (NSTMH) and Establishment of a Conservation Principles Framework, 2017
  • Caroline Engel Purcell. Modern Movement Conservation: International Principles and National Policies in Great Britain and The United States of America, 2017

Current PhD students

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