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Max Cardillo

Teaches architectural design, historic preservation, and urban design. Mr. Cardillo is a practicing architect who has worked in Rome, New York and Milwaukee. Since 1999, he has been Director of the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program and Project Architect for the Archaeological Excavation of the Public Baths at Carsulae. He is presently director of the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies.

M. Arch., Columbia University;
B.A., University of Wisconsin;
Laurea di Architettura, Università di Palermo

Adjunct Professor, Parsons School of Design, 1980-1984
Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin, SARUP, 1995-2008
John Cabot University, Rome 2009

Nikolas Vakalis

Professor Nikolas Vakalis is an internationally renowned conservator-restorer with 40 years of experience in the field. His areas of expertise include stone artifacts, easel paintings, wall paintings and polychrome wooden sculptures.
In addition to being a restorer Professor Vakalis has been involved in field of education, restoration planning and running his own restoration business in Rome.
Since 2010 he is a Co-Director of the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies and instructor at the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program. He is also in charge as Restoration Consultant for the Archaeological Excavation of the Public Baths at Carsulae.
He has worked extensively in Italy but has also worked on projects in many countries including China, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kosovo, Albania, Libya and the USA.
He is presently director of IIRPS Athens program.

Master’s degree in Conservation by the Istituto Centrale Per Il Restauro, Rome

Adjunct Professor: Higher Institute for Restoration and Conservation (IsCR) 2016 to present
Adjunct Professor: West Virginia University 2018 to present
Adjunct Professor: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (SARUP) 1999-2008
Adjunct Professor: John Cabot University 2009

Instructor of Restoration in various international programs of technical training: in China, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Kosovo and Albania sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other organizations, including Unesco, Iccrom and the World Monuments Fund.

More information is available on his website.


Dr. Jane Whitehead

Jane Whitehead is presently a professor of Modern and Classical Languages at Valdosta State University. She is also chief editor of the journal Etruscan Studies and director of the archaeological excavation at the public baths in Carsulae. She has been director of the excavations at “ La Piana” an Etruscan agricultural settlement near Spannocchia.


B.A. Wellesley College

M.A. Trinity College

Ph.D. Yale University, Classical Archaeology

Bianca Fossà

Since 1984 works for the Italian Cultural Heritage Ministry and since 1997 at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (previously Istituto Centrale per il Restauro), where she’s Director of the Conservation Laboratories for “Ceramic & glass” and “organic material finds and artifacts”. She’s also Didactic Coordinator of the Conservation Courses-Objects Area of ISCR post-graduated School for Conservators. She’s been director of numerous laboratory and field didactic activities, tutor of degree-thesis and member of Entrance and Degree Commissions.


Degree in conservation from the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro in Rome (Italy, 1980)

Degree in “Cultural Heritage Conservation”, University of Paris I-Sorbonne (France, 1995)

Internship at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (USA, 1981/82)

Dr. Massimo Vidale

Massimo Vidale is an eminent Italian scholar in the field of Archaeology. He specializes in ancient craft technologies, on surveying, recording and conserving of archaeological artefacts and sites. Besides having studied and worked with early cultures and civilizations in the Mediterranean Basin, he has published extensively on Early Central Asian and Hindus Valley Civilizations.

Prof. Vidale is currently Archaeological Curator at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro (ISCR), Rome, and teaches at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”.

Prof. Vidale has published many books and articles, some of which are listed in the catalogues of the following libraries:

NY Public Library Harvard libraries


Elena Raimondi

Elena Raimondi is a restorer living and working near Viterbo in Italy. She holds a degree from the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Rome (Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro). This is her 5th year teaching the course and restoration workshop: Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramic in Italy. Her specialty is archeological ceramic sculptures and she is currently involved in restoring a group of 15th Century Italian ceramic sculptures.



Degree in conservation from Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration, Rome

Degree in History of Art from Roma Tre University, Rome

Graduate in Art and Architecture from the VI Art School, Rome

Elena Gabriella Lorenzetti

Elena Gabriella Lorenzetti is an archaeologist specializing in Roman ceramics. She studied at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. She has worked on the excavations of the Palatine Hill and the Testaccio Market in Rome. Recently, she participated in the restoration of the Domus Tiberiana, the imperial palace on the Palatine hill in Rome. She will soon take part in cataloging the ceramics raised from the excavation of the Cibele temple area at the NW corner of the Palatine hill. Elena lives in Terni and has also been involved with excavations in South Umbria, including an Italic Sanctuary in Monte Moro (TN), the excavations of the Vicus ad Martis Tudertium with Drew University and, more recently, the excavation of two medieval buildings at the top of San Gemini.

Dr. Konstantinos Choulis

Is currently an Assistant Professor of Book and Paper Conservation & Restoration – Department of Conservation & Restoration of Antiquities and Works of Art, Technological Educational Institution, Athens.


2013 PhD in the History of the Book, University of London.

1990 International Course of Lectures on Book Restoration organized by UNESCO, Venice.

1986-1988 Scientific Research on Byzantine Bindings of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, financially supported by the Italian Institute of Culture in Athens

1984-85 Diploma in Greek Palaeography – Scuola di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica, Vatican City.

1983-86 Scholarship obtained by the Hellenic Scholarship Foundation (I.K.Y.) Specialisation in Paper Conservation and Restoration – Istituto Centrale per la Patologia del Libro, Rome

1982 – 1983 Diploma in Mosaic Techniques, University of Athens – School of Fine Arts.

1977 – 1982 BA in Fine Arts, University of Athens – School of Fine Arts.

Nella Poggi

Nella Poggi, conservator of work on paper has operated her Paper Conservation Studio in Verona, Milan and now in Bergamo, Italy, since 2007. She holds a B.A. in Conservation and Certification of Advanced Studies from the post-secondary program in Art Conservation at the ENAIP Lombardia Foundation, Italy.

Prior employment includes position as Associate conservator of Paper  in the private practice of Lisa Forman at the Hudson Conservation Studio, Los Angeles, Assistant Conservator of Paper with the Balboa Art Conservation Center, San Diego, Mellow Fellow in Paper Conservation with the Balboa Art Conservation Center (San Diego), Summer Internship in Paper Conservation with the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), Spring Internship in Paper Conservation with the Museum of Modern Art (New York).

Nella Poggi since 2007 is cooperating with several museums and public institutes between South Korea and Italy with the intent to promote cultural exchange programs between Korean Paper Craftmanship tradition and Paper Conservators.


Flavio Marzo

Flavio Marzo was born near Turin and now lives and works in London. He has a broad and interesting experience in the field of book conservation. He has worked for various prestigious libraries, such as the British library, the Vatican Library, and the libraries of Queens and Magdalene Colleges in Oxford. He has also worked on various conservation projects in Italy, Greece and Sinai, Egypt.

Presently Flavio Marzo has a position as book conservator at the British Library where he manages the conservation studio for the Qatar Ditigisation Project.


Fondazione per la Conservazione e il Restauro dei Beni Librari Spoleto (PG), Italy

Laboratorio di Restauro del Libro Antico Abbazia Benedettina della Novalesa, Novalesa (Turin), Italy

Here’s a recent interview with Professor Marzo that was published by the Book and Paper Gathering: Under Raking Light’s first specimen is Flavio Marzo from the British Library.

Marco Di Bella

Marco Di Bella is a freelance book conservator who graduated from the European Course for Conservators-Restorers of Book Materials in Spoleto (Italy) in 2001, and has worked in conservation, assessment and training projects for the Camberwell College of Arts (UK), UNESCO, Yemeni Social Fund for development, ISCR (Italian Institute of Conservation), ICPAL (Italian Institute of Book Conservation), National Archive of Tripoli (Libya), University of Palermo, the Hiob Ludolf Center for Ethiopian Studies (Hamburg University), the American University of Beirut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

He has worked for private book conservation studios in Italy and lectured in international conferences, researched and published on archaeology of early Islamic bookbinding and book conservation.

Between 2015 and 2017 he has been the senior manuscript conservator at Trinity College Dublin for the Early Irish Manuscript Project.

Recently he has been part of the Clarkson Slide Archive Project.

Dr. Nikolas Sarris

Dr Nikolas Sarris is a book and paper conservator at the National Library of Greece. He has been a lecturer of book and paper conservation at undergraduate courses at the Department for the Preservation and Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Zakynthos, Greece and a conservator at the British Library where he took part in the conservation project of the Codex Sinaiticus. He has worked as the supervisor of the conservation laboratory at the monastery of St John Theologian, Patmos, Greece, where he has also organized international conservation and bookbinding workshops.

He has collaborated since 2001 with the Ligatus Research Centre, UK on bookbinding research related to the St Catherine’s Library Conservation Project in Sinai and since 2006 with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation for conservation and training projects at the National Library of Egypt, Cairo.
He collaborated with Hamburg University on the EU funded project Ethio-SPARE for the preservation and on-site conservation of Ethiopic manuscripts from Tigray, Ethiopia and with UNESCO for the training of conservators and librarians in libraries of Iraq.

He has lectured widely on the topics of manuscript conservation and historic bookbinding.


Eugénie Knight

ENTrained in paintings conservation in Rome at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro 19821985.

Specialization in Stone conservation in Rome at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro 1986.

The following year was spent working  in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, acquiring experience on structural treatments (in particular hot table treatments) on paintings on canvas. This experience led to further research in this specific field due to the personal conviction that Italian renown tradition had to merge with innovations coming from abroad.

Eugenie Knight generally works for both private and public commissions, and has been giving seminars in various institutions (Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro, Vatican Museum, La Sapienza University in Rome, University of Urbino, Scuola di Alta formazione in Venaria Reale, Central Institute for Conservation in Belgrad).

Currently, Eugenie Knight is consultant for international auction houses in Rome and in Vienna.


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