Returning to Aleppo, Syria, in 1975, after 15 years studying and working as an architect in the U.S., Adli Qudsi was struck how the Old City where he grew up was being destroyed by insensitive planning schemes. He decided to do something about it.
Since winning a Rolex Award in 1998 for his project to preserve this cultural landmark, Qudsi (born in 1940), director of an architecture, planning and engineering firm, has made great strides.
He has worked with the government and international organizations to transform Old Aleppo, helping to restore its traditional courtyard homes, upgrading the infrastructure, improving the public space and environment and, significantly, revitalizing the city by stemming the exodus of people to other areas.
Although the major work and objectives have been largely achieved, Qudsi is still focused on implementing the remainder of the project as a consultant to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Published in 2009