Latvia

Juris Dambis

Latvia

Juris Dambis studied in Riga Polytechnic Institute, faculty of Construction and Architecture, from which he obtained a doctoral degree in 2010. He has been working in the field of cultural heritage since 1979, initially as the chief architect in the Ministry of Culture. In 1989, he became the head of the Latvian State Inspection for Heritage Protection. He participated in the drafting of several strategic documents on cultural heritage preservation policy, as well as he proposed legislative amendments which were adopted by the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia. Between 1992 and 1994, he was Counselor to the Minister for Culture. Juris Dambis is also a member of the Cultural heritage committee of the Council of Europe since 1993, and was the chairman between 1999 and 2001. Since 2000, he has been participating to the work of the UNESCO Latvian National Commission in order to ensure the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. He is finally active in the conservation of the Historic Centre of Riga and was leading the elaboration of the project for the preservation and development of the capital city, Vision 2002/2020.

 

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