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In memoriam: Dr. Ron van Oers



It is with the deepest sorrow that we learned of the unexpected passing of our respected colleague and our dear friend Dr. Ron van Oers. As a representative of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Dr. Ron van Oers participated in the Reactive Monitoring mission in Lhasa and passed away at 15:30 on 28 April 2015 in Lhasa, Tibet, China, during the mission.

Born and raised in The Netherlands, Ron received his Master Degrees in Urban Planning (1993) and Technological Design (1996), from the Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology respectively. He went on to receive his Doctorate Degree on 17th and 18th Century Dutch colonial town planning (2000).

Prior to joining the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research in Asia and the Pacific Region (WHITRAP), Ron held a successful career in the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris. From 2003 to 2005 he was ‘Chief of Unit’ for the Latin American and Caribbean Region, and since 2005 he coordinated the Small Island Developing States Programme, as well as the World Heritage Cities Programme.

Since 2009, Ron has become affiliated with WHITRAP, and in 2012 he officially joined WHITRAP as the Vice-Director in Shanghai. He devoted his expertise and extensive knowledge to heritage conservation and sustainable development through training, research, publications, and the continuous promotion of best practices. He also contributed greatly to the institutional development of WHITRAP through network and visionary strategy. He was instrumental in developing the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach, which was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2011. Also holding the position of Research Fellow at the Advanced Research Institute of Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai, Ron co-chaired the project Road Map for the Application of the HUL Approach in China and achieved fruitful results.

Ron was invaluable to the worldwide heritage discourse. He was particularly treasured by the staff of WHITRAP, who benefited closely from his knowledge and enthusiasm for heritage conservation, as well as his friendship and passion for life. Ron will be long remembered by the staff of WHITRAP and the world heritage community. We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Ron van Oers. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this difficult time.


The World Heritage Institute of Training and Research in Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO
Advanced Research Institute of Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai



Contact in China: SHAO Yong; Contact outside of China: LI Hong (English)
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Ron's photos during his lifetime

 

2012年历史性城镇景观(HUL)国际研讨会合影,2012年10月12日(Group Photo,2012 HUL International Conference, Oct

Group Photo (Ron was seated at the fifth from right in the first row)
2012 HUL International Conference, Oct. 12, 2012

Ron在湖南怀化五宝田古村考察,2013年6月2日 Ron was taking an on-site visit at Wubaotian Acient Village, Huaihua County, Hunan Province, China

Ron was taking an on-site visit at Wubaotian Acient Village, Huaihua County, Hunan Province, China, June 2, 2013

 

Ron在柬埔寨暹粒考察,2013年6月25日(Ron had an on-site visit at Siem Reap in Cambodia, June 25, 2013)s

Ron was taking an on-site visit at Siem Reap in Cambodia, June 25, 2013

 

Ron(主席台右二)和妻子Christina(主席台右一)一起作为导师为2013历史性城镇景观(HUL)国内培训班学员授课,2013年11月12日s

As the tutors of HUL Domestic Training Course in 2013, Ron (seated at the second from the right of platform) and his wife Cristina (seated at the first from the right of platform) were giving a lecture to the trainees, Nov. 12, 2013

 

Ron的日常工作照,2014年1月9日(Daily Working Photo of Ron at WHITRAP, Jan

Daily Working Photo of Ron at WHITRAP, Jan. 9, 2014

 

Ron在中心接受《文汇报》采访,2014年3月5日(Wen Hui Daily interviewed Ron at WHITRAP, March 5, 2014)s

Wen Hui Daily interviewed Ron at WHITRAP, March 5, 2014

 

Ron参加UNESCO对中心的外部评估会议,2014年5月24日(Ron paticipated in the UNESCO External Evaluation meeting, May 24, 2014)s

Ron paticipated in the UNESCO External Evaluation meeting, May 24, 2014

 

Ron在2014年历史性城镇景观(HUL)国际培训班上为学员授课,2014年12月7日(Ron gave the lecture to the trainees in the HUL International Training Course, Dec

Ron was giving the lecture to the trainees in the HUL International Training Course, Dec. 7, 2014


 

Ron参加“重温木构建筑的保护哲学:文化景观之木构建筑与地方社区”国际会议,2014年12月18日s

Ron participated in the International Conference "Revisiting the Philosophy of Preserving Wooden Structures: Cultural Landscape with Wooden Structures and Local Communities", Dec. 18, 2014

 

Ron在西藏拉萨大昭寺考察(右一),2015年4月28日

Ron (standed at right) was taking an on-site visit at Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet, China, 28 April, 2014 (Ron's last photo in his lifetime)

 

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