Monument Conservation in Asia
Festschrift Seminar Honouring Pierre Pichard

Thursday, 31st March 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Siam Society



Since his first contribution in restoring the temple of Phimai in Thailand 50 years ago, Pierre Pichard has continuously played a critical role in the conservation of monumental heritage in Asia. Architect and Director of Research at the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), he has been a renowned conservation expert regularly called on numerous consultancies for UNESCO and other international organisations in various places in Asia, from India to Bhutan, Vietnam to Cambodia and Laos, Myanmar to Thailand. On the occasion of his 80th birthday and his retirement in France after such a long and productive stay in Asia, it is a great pleasure for the Siam Society to announce an international Festschrift Seminar in honour of Pierre Pichard.


- Cocktail reception from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Valedictory speech by H.E. Vira Rojpojchanarat, Minister of Culture
- Southeast Asian Monuments on the World Heritage List: Global Significance and Conservation Challenges, by Dr Richard Engelhardt, former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific
- Introduction and Evolution of Anastylosis in Thailand, by Dr Pornthum Thumwimol, Landscape Architect, Fine Arts Department, Thailand
- Conservation and Cultural Integrity: The Cases of Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar, by Ms Patrizia Zolese, Chief Archaeologist, and Ms Mara Landoni, Conservation Architect, Lerici Foundation
- Panel discussion with speakers moderated by Dr Christophe Pottier, EFEO
- Concluding remarks by Mrs. Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, President of the Siam Society
- Closing comments by Pierre Pichard

The lecture will be held at the Siam Society’s Auditorium and will start with a small reception at 6.30 pm.
The lecture will start at 7:00 p.m. Free of charge.

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The Siam Society is deeply grateful to the James H.W. Thompson Foundation for its generous support of the 2015-2016 Lecture Series.