Prof Trevor Marchand received his degree in Architecture from McGill University and his PhD at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he is currently Professor in the Department of Anthropology. With a specialization in indigenous architectures, he spent the spring of 2001 in Djenné, Mali, and 1996/97 in Sana’a, Yemen, working with traditional builders. Dr. Marchand has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Canadian CIDA Award for his fieldwork in West Africa and study of earthen architecture at the prestigious CRATerre Institute in France. He has also worked as an architect in India and has traveled extensively in West Africa, studying indigenous building practices. Dr.Marchand has lectured at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria on Islamic secular and nonsecular architecture in Yemen, Mali and Nigeria.Fluent in French and Arabic, Dr. Marchand’s knowledge and enthusiasm have made him a popular lecturer for Archaeological Tours’ Mali, Yemen, Oman and Central Asia tours.