iicas, specialist in international relations and caal team leader
Farukh’s passion lies with applying technologies and design such as 3D modelling, art and graphic design to save cultural heritage. His career in the field began in 2015 with the private archaeological firm, Archaeological Expertise with whom he participated in numerous expeditions in Kazakhstan including leading several expeditions. In 2016 he participated in the Newton Al-Farabi partnership program as a GIS expert. He has conducted Heritage Impact Assessments for the new Spiritual and Cultural Centre and Eski Turkestan Archaeological Park (both related to the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi) in Kazakhstan. He has also participated in assessments at Bukhara‘s Shakhristan. Currently, Farukh is a specialist in international relations for IICAS and a team leader for the CAAL project. His favourite site is the Junghar Buddhist monastery of Ablaikit erected in the mountains of Eastern Kazakhstan. Its state of preservation and picturesque situation in the mountains only lend significance to its original dual function as a holy place and a citadel. The contour of the walls are in perfect synergy with the surrounding landscape manifesting a perfection achieved in its relationship between architecture, archaeology, culture and environment.