Francesco Siravo is an Italian architect specializing in historic preservation and town planning. He received his professional degrees from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and specialized in historic preservation at the College of Europe, Bruges and Columbia University, New York. Since I991, he has worked for the Historic Cities Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a foundation promoting urban conservation in the Muslim World, and has been responsible for major planning and building projects in cities including Zanzibar, Cairo, Samarkand, Lahore and Mostar. Before joining the Historic Cities Programme, he consulted for local municipalities as well as governmental and international organizations, including UNESCO, ICCROM, the World Bank and the GCI. Previous work includes participation in the preparation of conservation plans for the historical areas of Rome, Lucca, Urbino and Anagni in Italy, and for the old town of Lamu in Kenya. He has been visiting lecturer at the University of Rome (2005-2008), the University of Pennsylvania (1996-1997) and ICCROM (1987-1992), as well as written books, articles and papers on various architectural conservation and town planning subjects, including Zanzibar: A Plan for the Historic Stone Town (1996) and Planning Lamu: Conservation of an East African Seaport (1986). Most recently, he has co-edited with J. Cody Historic Cities: Issues in Urban Conservation (2019), a selection of important writings on urban conservation published by the Getty Conservation Institute.