Fersana Hashim
COUNTRY : United Arab Emirates
CITY : Stone Town of Zanzibar
STRUCTURE : Architectural conservation
FUNCTION: Conservation Architect

Main tasks

Conservation of architectural heritage, listing and grading of heritage structures, material mapping, condition assessment and archival research.

About us

To preserve and safeguard the natural and cultural heritage resources and valuable historical assets so that they continue to inspire and educate future generations while harmoniously integrating them into the evolving urban landscape. To celebrate the cultural, historical, and architectural treasures of our past.
With a Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch) followed by a specialized Masters in Architectural Conservation (M.Arch), Fersana has also authored many papers in the domain of community aspects in the conservation of cultural landscapes and risk management of heritage resources.
As a Conservation Architect, Fersana has collaborated with national, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations since 2019. She began as a trainee in ICCROM’s Regional Conservation Center in UAE, conducting a research on 15 historic cities in MENA region as a part of ICCROM MEDINA initiative. Her research was exhibited during the 43rd annual UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee meeting held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
She also documented historic coral houses in Sharjah for the Heart of Sharjah project. In 2021, she played a key role in preparing the UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination dossier for 37 historic stone temples from 5th- 8th century CE in southern India. Fersana currently serves as the resident Conservation Architect for a prominent modern heritage building in Abu Dhabi.

Current projects

Preservation of a prominent modern heritage building in Abu Dhabi.
Devising strategies for preventive conservation of historic architectural finishes, documentation and condition assessment of built heritage elements.


Traditional knowledge system.


Conservation of Cultural landscapes, Risk management of heritage resources and Traditional knowledge systems in architectural conservation.