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College of Environment and Design

James Reap to receive top US/ICOMOS award

James Reap speaking

 

College of Environment and Design Professor James Reap has been awarded the Ann Webster Smith Award for extraordinary and sustained achievement in support of conserving the world’s cultural heritage by US/ICOMOS, the United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. The Ann Webster Smith Award is US/ICOMOS’ s highest honor for service.  

A network of experts, ICOMOS is a professional association that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world.  ICOMOS promotes the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage. Founded in Warsaw, Poland in 1965, and now headquartered in Paris, ICOMOS evaluates, monitors, and advises entities such as UNESCO concerning World Heritage Sites, including those threatened by war and natural disasters. ICOMOS has more than 10,000 members in over 150 countries across the globe.

According to US/ICOMOS president Douglas C. Comer, “James Reap has been a wise counselor to US/ICOMOS and ICOMOS, and a stalwart member of both. By his work and his personality, he has provided an invaluable connection among our own United States national committee, ICOMOS International, and the full array of ICOMOS scientific committees. He has the rare gift of being able to provide straightforward and clear observations in ways that lay out paths for cooperation and progress.”

Reap, who directs the Master of Historic Preservation program at UGA CED, is a former member of the Board of Trustees and a Fellow of US/ICOMOS. He is also a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of State, Secretary General and past President of the Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues of ICOMOS; a member of the board of directors of the United States Committee of the Blue Shield; and a past board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Professor Reap has worked on preservation issues in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, and has taught heritage conservation not only in the United States but in Russia and in Jordan as a Fulbright Scholar.  In 2016, he was appointed by President Obama to a three-year term on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Reap holds a JD from the University of Georgia and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.