I am a chartered architect (ARB, RIBA), accredited conservation professional (IHBC), and Lecturer in Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture (FHEA). My research is concerned with the theory, methods, and practice of architectural conservation and adaptive reuse, and I have published widely on the dynamic between architectural conservation and critical heritage theory/intangible heritage.

I am currently the BA3 Lead for the Continuity in Architecture atelier, which teaches the process of understanding the specific qualities of place to develop new architectural elements and foster new uses for historic buildings and sites.

Before joining the Manchester School of Architecture, I worked for nearly ten years in architectural practice on both new build and conservation/reuse projects (Grade II and II*). The majority of my experience in practice involved the preparation of planning, tender and construction documentation for listed buildings, including on-site coordination/delivery (RIBA Stages 3-6).

Academic and professional qualifications

  • 2021  PhD, Manchester School of Architecture
  • 2020  PGCert, Learning & Teaching in HE, MMU
  • 2018  MSc, Building Conservation & Adaptation, UCLan
  • 2011  Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice, RIBA NW
  • 2010  B.Arch Bachelor of Architecture, MSA
  • 2009  MA, Architecture & Urbanism, MSA
  • 2007  BA(hons) Architecture, MSA

Membership of professional associations

  • 2020  Member, Association of Critical Heritage Studies
  • 2020  Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 2018  Accredited Member, Institute of Historic Building Conservation
  • 2016  Conservation Registrant (CR), RIBA
  • 2014  Chartered Architect, RIBA
  • 2011  Registered Architect, ARB


Research Interests

My AHRC funded PhD thesis and peer-reviewed outputs focus on a critical deconstruction of traditional architectural conservation theory and practice, by reinterpreting architectural heritage, conservation and adaptive reuse, as inherently social, dynamic and intangible processes.

By engaging with critical themes in heritage and conservation studies, my research proposes contemporary pluralistic issues concerning social equity, equality, and mental access to heritage, can be resolved by encouraging built heritage practitioners to see themselves as narrators of intangible heritage as well as custodians of physical heritage.

My research has attracted invited talks to established architectural practices, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), and the RIBA Advanced Conservation Course, where I regularly lecture as an RIBA Academy Panellist on intangible heritage and its relationship to historic buildings.


2018  AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (Full Award) £44,331


Djabarouti, J., 2019. Material Clues: Decoding our Past to Understand our Present, Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, 1/3/2019 - 1/6/2019.

Djabarouti, J., 2010. Sound-Map City, Xuzhou Art Museum, Jiangsu, China, 14/5/2010 - 14/7/2010.

Journal Articles

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'Imitation and intangibility: postmodern perspectives on restoration and authenticity at the Hill House Box, Scotland', International Journal of Heritage Studies, pp. 1-18.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'Practice barriers towards intangible heritage within the UK built heritage sector', International Journal of Heritage Studies, pp. 1-16.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'Stories of feelings and things: intangible heritage from within the built heritage paradigm in the UK', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 27 (4), pp. 391-406.

Djabarouti, J., O'Flaherty, C., 2020. 'Architect and craftsperson: project perceptions, relationships and craft', Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, 14 (3), pp. 423-438.

Djabarouti, J., 2020. 'Listed Buildings as Socio-material Hybrids: Assessing Tangible and Intangible Heritage Using Social Network Analysis', Journal of Heritage Management, 5 (2), pp. 169-190.

Djabarouti, J., O'Flaherty, C., 2019. 'Experiential learning with building craft in the architectural design studio: A pilot study exploring its implications for built heritage in the UK', Thinking Skills and Creativity, 32, pp. 102-113.

Conference Papers

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'Building conservation as memory-making practice', The Place of Memory and the Memory of Place International Conference, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, London, 19/6/2021 - 20/6/2021.

Djabarouti, J., 2020. ''The lively development of tradition': Edgar Wood, restoration and intangible heritage', 7th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development (HERITAGE 2020), Coimbra, Portugal, 8/7/2020 - 10/7/2020, in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development (HERITAGE 2020), 01.

Djabarouti, J., 2020. 'Between feelings and things: intangible heritage from within the built heritage paradigm', Association of Critical heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference: ACHS FUTURES 2020, University College London, UK, 26/8/2020 - 30/8/2020.

Djabarouti, J., 2020. 'Dynamic interpretations of preservation: the case (encasement) of the Hill House', Cultures of Authenticity 2020, Centre for Research in Communications and Culture, Loughborough, 5/11/2020 - 5/11/2020.

Djabarouti, J., 2019. 'Understanding the Intangible Heritage of Buildings', AHRC NWCDTP Annual Conference 2019: Meeting of Minds: Collaborative Research in the Arts and Humanities, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 28/10/2019 - 29/10/2019.


Djabarouti, J., 2021. ''Intangible heritage and its relationship to historic buildings'. A presentation to candidates at the biannual RIBA Advanced Conservation Course, UK.'.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. ''The impact of "intangible heritage" on built heritage practice'. A presentation to the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) North West Branch'.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. ''The impact of intangible heritage on architectural and building conservation practices in the UK: a socio-material outlook'. Presented at the 'Researching Heritage Symposium', Manchester Metropolitan University.'.

Theses and Dissertations

Djabarouti, J., 2018. 'Conservation Education: Examining the impact of a pedagogic interface between the practical and theoretical aspects of building conservation'.