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World Heritage - An Introduction

This video provides a brief introduction to World Heritage as an international concept that exists on the basis of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. It explains the institutional structure of the Convention, the basic principles, including Outstanding Universal Value or OUV and the criteria used to assess if a place, or a series of places should be included on the World Heritage list.


We further briefly explore how the Convention is operationalized and what first steps are that built environment practitioners should undertake when encountering World Heritage in practice. 

Video Summary


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Dr Nicholas J Clarke


Heritage and Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Technology

TU Delft

Nicholas Clarke is a South African architect and lecturer at the section of Heritage and Architecture at the Delft University of Technology, where he defended his PhD thesis How Heritage Learns in 2021. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of award-winning publications on architectural heritage and conservation, focusing on shared heritage, resilience and sustainable development, including Eclectic ZA-Wilhelmiens: A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa (LM: Pretoria, 2014, co-edited with Karel Bakker and Roger Fisher).

His architectural practice focuses on restoration and impact assessment. Nicholas has worked in World Heritage for over a decade and is active in ICOMOS International’s World Heritage reactive monitoring and advisory processes.

  • Brown, N. E., Liuzza, C., & Meskell, L. (January 01, 2019). The Politics of Peril: UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger. Journal of Field Archaeology, 44, 5, 287-303. DOI: 10.1080/00934690.2019.1600929

  • ICOMOS (8 May 2022). World Heritage.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre (8 May 2022). The World Heritage Convention. 

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