Dr. Thant Myint-U, founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust, explains how Yangon's priceless architectural heritage is under imminent threat, in a slide lecture and in conversation with architect Bill Greaves.
Bill Greaves is an architect and the director of the Vann Molyvann Project. As project director he worked extensively in Phnom Penh with Cambodian and international architects and students to document the work of Cambodia's most important architect of the 1960's. Now based in New York and Toronto, he continues to research and speak on issues related to architectural heritage in Cambodia and to advocate for the preservation of urban landscapes in Southeast Asia as the region develops. Mr. Greaves has a particular interest Rangoon and Phnom Penh as the last two major Southeast Asian cities to have avoided large scale, unplanned and destructive development.
Dr. Thant Myint-U is the founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust (yangonheritagetrust.org). He is also a Special Advisor to the Myanmar Peace Centre (the secretariat of the peace negotiations currently underway) and a member of the Myanmar president's National Economic and Social Advisory Council. He was educated at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and taught history for several years as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as well on three United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia, and worked for seven years at the UN Secretariat in New York, including as the Chief of Policy Planning in the Department of Political Affairs. He is the author of three books, including most recently The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma and Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia.