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IICAH Faculty and Staff

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​Object conservator Julie Unruh explains how to safely remove soluble salts from archaeological artifacts

IICAH participants are taught by and work with internationally recognized conservation professionals supported by Iraqi staff.


Project Directors

Brian Michael Lione, Executive Director Lione has been with IICAH since 2009, first as project coordinator, then as Director of the Architectural and Site Conservation program.  He was also Executive Director in 2014-2016. 

Jessica S. Johnson, Johnson has been with IICAH since 2009, first as Project Director for Conservation and then as Academic Director. 

Katharyn Hanson PhD, Hanson initiated the IICAH Archaeological Site Preservation Program in 2013.


Visiting Faculty and Assistant Faculty

  • Rima Al-Ajlouni, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Texas Tech University (IICAH Program Director, Architectural and Site Conservation 2009-2010)
  • Alaa Al-Habashi, PhD, Turath Conservation Group, Cairo, Egypt
  • Josephine Atkinson, Manager, Conservation and Collection Management, Museum and Art Gallery, Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Harriet "Rae" Beaubien, Emeritus Senior Conservation, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution and Conservator in Private Practice, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  • David Biggs, Structural Engineer in Private Practice, Troy, NY USA
  • Suzanne Bott, PhD, Urban Planner in Private Practice, Tucson, AZ USA
  • JP Brown, PhD, Regenstein Conservator, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Scott Carrlee, Curator for Museum Services, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK, USA
  • Vicki Cassman, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
  • Kim Cullen Cobb, Research Associate, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, and Conservator in Private Practice, Washington, DC, USA
  • Ann-Marie Deisser, PhD, Conservator in Private Practice, Liege, Belgium
  • Sherry Fox, PhD, Director, Wiener Laboratory, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece
  • Usam Ghaidan, Historic Architect in Private Practice, Leidschendam, the Netherlands
  • Jessica Giraud, PhD, Archaeologist, Institut français du Proche-Orient (Erbil Office), Erbil, Iraq
  • Catherine Hawks, Conservator and Educator, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA 
  • Paul Hepworth, Paper and Textile Conservator, HB Koruma ve Onarım Tic. Ltd. Ski., Istanbul, Turkey 
  • Paula Ion, Architect in Private Practice, Romania 
  • Tuna Kalayci, Geospatial Expert, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas, AR, USA 
  • Petr Justa, Conservation Scientist, Director of International Projects, Gema Art Inc., Prague; and Faculty of Restoration and Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs, University of Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic 
  • Elizabeth Louden, PhD, Professor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA 
  • Molly McGath, PhD, Post doctorate Fellow, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA 
  • Sebastian Meyer, Photojournalist, New York City, USA and Erbil, Iraq
  • David Michelmore, Director, Consultancy for Conservation and Development, Erbil, Iraq  
  • Akbar Nazim Modan, Architect in Private Practice, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Barbara Moore, Conservator in Private Practice, Rochester, New York, USA 
  • Roisin Myles, Conservator in Private Practice, Ireland 
  • Fatima al-Nammari, PhD, Historic Preservation Architect, Amman, Jordan
  • Dr. Nancy Odegaard, Conservator, Arizona State Museum and Professor, Department of Anthropology and Department of  Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA 
  • Evi Oehler, Museum Exhibit Designer, Washington, DC 
  • Abdelhamid Salah Sayed, Conservator, Giza Egypt
  • Kent Severson,  Conservator, Doris Duke's Shangri La, Honolulu, Hawaii 
  • Donna Strahan, Conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA
  • Rene Turner, Architect, Consultancy for Conservation and Development, Erbil, Iraq 
  • Julie Unruh, Conservator in Private Practice, Austin, Texas, USA 
  • Jason Ur, PhD, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA USA
  • Anna Wachtmeister, Architect in Private Practice, and Urban Programme Manager, Cortaid, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Robert Waller, Protect Heritage Corporation, Ottawa, Canada  
  • Terry Drayman-Weisser, Director of Conservation and Technical Research, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA  
  • Corine Wegener, Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, Smithsonian Institution

Academic Staff and Consultants

  • Dr. Vicki Cassman, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware 
  • Lisa Huber, Financial Manager, Institute for Global Studies, University of Delaware

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IICAH Faculty and Staff
  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489