Igor Demchenko is an Adjunct Assistant Professor who received a doctoral degree in architectural history from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. His dissertation explored the politics of heritage preservation and the restoration of medieval Islamic monuments in Soviet Central Asia. His research was supported by Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – MPI, Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, Canadian Center for Architecture, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library. His publications and presentations explore the questions of non-Western architectural expertise, regional planning in the Soviet Union, and the problems of historic preservations in the Islamic world. He taught architectural history and theory of historic preservation at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology.