The UNESCO Chair is an honorable position hosed by the National College of Arts since 2009. The chair aims to work closely with the Department of Culture Studies and the Architecture Department at NCA to undertake diverse activities to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the fields of Architecture, archaeology, history, urban planning, anthropology, community studies, cultural studies and arts education.
The Department of Culture Studies’ focus on tangible and intangible heritage as a major area of research results in several projects around heritage management and community engagement; some of the key fields of concern for the Chair. Under the prestigious banner of the chair, significant research taking place in the Department of Culture Studies and the Center for Conservation and Cultural Heritage Managements also results in PhD and MPhil awards.
The National College of Arts has acquired an 18th century building in the oldest part of the Walled City of Lahore that presently functions as the Centre for Conservation and Restoration Studies. With the support of the UNESCO Chair, following the participatory heritage conservation approach, the building is also utilized for intangible cultural heritage activities as well as workshops designed to provide hands-on training for students on conservation and restoration.