Life at NORR

Hassan Saffarini Attains Professional Membership to the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals

Hassan Saffarini, Structural Engineering Manager and Senior Associate

It is with great pride that we acknowledge our colleague, Hassan Saffarini, Structural Engineering Manager and Senior Associate, who recently attained his professional membership to the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP – ACECP)

For more than 30 years, Hassan has worked alongside heritage architects and archaeologists who have inspired him to appreciate the importance of the role of the structural engineer in heritage conservation. The rigor of conformance with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada have solidified his knowledge and aligned his practice in the field. One of Hassan’s references stated, “Every day we need more conservation engineers who are inquisitive, thoughtful and heritage-sensitive. Hassan is keen to contribute to the heritage conservation community of practice and has these qualities.”

NORR has an extensive portfolio of projects involving significant historic sites in Canada and internationally. For the past 12 years, Hassan has worked closely with NORR architects and other heritage architects, sharing his specialized knowledge in the conservation and stewardship of cultural heritage.

Among the noteworthy conservation projects that Hassan has worked on at NORR are the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa, Toronto’s Union Station Revitalization, Beanfield Centre of Toronto’s Exhibition Place, Royal Military College in Kingston, and the Canadian High Commission to Sri Lanka-Colombo-Oliver House, to name a few. Hassan has published papers on some of this work and presented at venues such as the APT annual conference.

Prior to joining NORR Hassan had a rich experience in the conservation field. Of worth among his projects are: Renovation of the Historic Center of the City of Salt, US AID, Crusaders’ Karak Castle museum and trails, sponsored by JICA, and Infrastructure Facilities of Al-Haram Al-Sharif – Jerusalem.

His love for heritage and cultural restoration dates back to the 90s, where he was a member of the UNESCO mission to Petra, with the task of reviewing the stability of the biggest built structure in Petra, Qasr Al-Bint. This is a 2000-year old temple built by the Romans shortly after their take over of this Nabatean city. Petra is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He also advised the American Center of Oriental Research on other archeological presentations in Petra and on the restoration of columns of the Roman Citadel of Amman.

CAHP – ACECP is a professional organization that serves qualified heritage professionals in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. CAHP – ACECP establishes standards of practice, shares knowledge about heritage conservation, and supports the involvement of heritage professionals whenever places of heritage value are being identified, preserved, restored and rehabilitated. As part of its mandate, the organization also fosters and promotes public and legislative support for heritage conservation.