2016 Phillips Memorial Lecture

Photo: Tom Arban for Moriyama & Teshima Architects

This event is undertaken with the financial support of

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 19:00 to 21:00

Saving Heritage: Preserving History in the Developing World

Please note that PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this lecture.

Harnessing the culture and history of a region can be a powerful driver of development and progress – but protecting and restoring historic sites and artefacts continues to be challenging in unstable and vulnerable parts of the developing world. Despite these barriers, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) works to revitalize culture and protect heritage, including projects to restore historic structures; create and rehabilitate public spaces, parks, and gardens; and support community-based projects to spur social, economic, and cultural development. 

In this lecture and Q&A, Christophe Bouleau of AKTC’s Historic Cities Programme will discuss historic sites in the context of development, how AKTC works with communities, and how an integrated development approach could be beneficial in Canada. 


Christophe Bouleau, Conservation Architect, Aga Khan Trust for Culture's Historic Cities Programme

Christophe Bouleau holds a graduate degree from the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne and a specialized degree in monument preservation from the Centre des Hautes Etudes de Chaillot in Paris. His career in historic monuments preservation began in France and Italy and he has worked on archaeological and monuments conservation projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and Egypt. Since 2001, Boleau has been working at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Historic Cities Programme.  As a conservation architect stationed in Cairo in charge of the Darb al-Ahmar district monuments conservation program, he has also contributed to architectural documentation and conservation projects in Aleppo and in Damascus, Syria. Since 2008, as a Conservation Project Officer he oversees, from the Trust’s base in Geneva, conservation and architectural programmes in West Africa (earthen architecture rehabilitation) and provides technical assistance to the wider Aga Khan Development Network’s conservation and adaptive re-use projects.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non‐profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty. AKFC concentrates on a small number of specific development challenges in health, education, rural development, and civil society. In Canada, AKFC raises funds, builds partnerships with Canadian institutions, and promotes discussion and learning on international development issues. Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network.


The Lecture is free, and will be delivered in both English and French. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by an informal reception to 9:00pm.



This special lecture event takes place at The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat.

The building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki in collaboration with Moriyama & Teshima Architects, has been honoured with the Governor General's Medal in Architecture (2012) and two awards from the Ontario Association of Architects: the Celebration of Excellence Award and People's Choice Award (2010).

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive ( use Boteler Street entrance )
Ottawa, ON K1N 1K6