khorezm mamun academy, senior researcher and caal team leader
Gavkhar has always been motivated by the study of the technical state of architecture and ensuring the proper conditions for sustainably preserving or reconstructing a building with a focus on the architecture of the region of Khorezm, Uzbekistan. She has been a senior researcher in the Khorezm Mamun Academy since 1998. During that time she completed doctoral research on improving the methodology of the protection and restoration of Khiva’s monuments. Her successes have brought her many new connections and opportunities to work with the communities she is so proud of and address the ongoing challenges for architecture in the area. Recently she was engaged as a regional expert for the 2002-2012 UNESCO project ‘Conservation of Raw Monuments’ as well as other conferences held in France and Italy. Under her guidance the Academy has a strong scientific department working on the composition of architectural monuments in an effort to find the best way forward for preservation. A favourite spot is the mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud with its unique interior tilework and import as a place of pilgrimage for those who appreciate the poet as the patron saint of Khiva.