First International Workshop on Earthen Architecture, World Heritage City of Yazd: Conservation Problems and Challenges

news / Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

About Workshop:

The main objective of this Workshop is for the participants to become more acquainted with the architectural and heritage values of the earthen architecture as well as learning, in situ, the challenges faced by conservators/restorers when dealing with its conservation. This Workshop is to be served as the first event in a series of programs to be organized in the World Heritage City of Yazd. Participants will be selected from amongst the earthen architecture experts from Iran and other countries, and in particular from the countries with earthen architecture traditions. International as well as Iranian instructors will jointly manage the Workshop. International organisations such as UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICCROM, CRAterre, and International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH) support the events. It is envisioned that this Workshop will be held in Yazd in every two years.


  • Further recognition of earthen architecture values;
  • Pathology and identification of adobe and earthen architecture;
  • Discussion and survey on earthen architecture conservation challenges;
  • Discussion and exchange of ideas regarding conservation/restoration approaches;
  • Urban sustainable development and earthen architecture.


From 10 to 16 February 2019

Workshop type:

Mostly practical with some short theoretical sessions


Yazd and Fahraj, Iran

Number of Participants:

Twenty to Thirty (20 to 30)


International and Iranian experts


Yazd Municipality

Supporters and sponsors:

Supporters and Sponsors: This workshop is organized under the auspices of the ISCEAH Committee of the ICOMOS International (International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage), in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Earthen Architecture Program (WHEAP) and the UNESCO Chair on Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures and Sustainable development”; CRAterre; Ministry of Roads and Urban Development; Iranian Organization for Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism; Yazd Governorship; Research Institute for Cultural Heritage and Tourism; Yazd Islamic City Council; Yazd University; General Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism of Yazd; General Directorate for Roads and Urban Development of Yazd; Research Center for Conservation of Cultural Relics (RCCCR); World Heritage Research Base for the Historic City of Yazd; ICOM IRAN; ICOM IRAN-Conservation Committee; Fahraj Islamic Council and Village Administratorship and Yazd Construction Engineering Organization.

Registration fee:

Four hundred (400) Euro (This fee covers part of costs for the course scientific management, educational, materials, local transportations in Yazd and to/from Fahraj, and lunch).

Registration Form Link:

In order to register for the course please download the Registration form and send the complete file to

Final Registration:

February 9, 2019

Workshop Website: