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Azra Hadzic

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Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2017
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XIX
Date: 21/09/2017

“Peace is not a constant, it is not static. Peace is a choice. Peace is not a mere absence of war it is active and requires effort.”

Azra Hadzic, an architect from Bosnia and Herzegovina, spoke about her work on the reconstruction of the Mostar Bridge and the importance of protecting cultural heritage in times of war. She expressed how the literal meaning of building bridges also has a symbolic meaning in the reconciliation of communities after war.

Geneva Peace Talks 2017. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 21, 2017.

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Azra Hadzic


Azra is an architect who spent most of her career (1992-2014) at the Institute for the Protection of Monuments within the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports in Sarajevo. More than twenty years of work allowed her to gain a specific experience in the preparation of project documentation for conservation, restoration and reconstruction of architectural and archaeological heritage, supervision of building works, development of management plans, as well as to participate in the projects that included co-operation with international organizations. Until the end of 2013, she was a member of the National Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Co-operation with UNESCO and since 2014, she works as an independent expert on conservation and restoration projects both in and outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina.