Ona Vileikis

Architect and Researcher, University College London (UCL).
United Kingdom
PhD in Engineering Science internationally recognized architect in the field of cultural heritage. She explores the way in which digital technologies contribute to sustainable development, policy development and monitoring of heritage management. Ona is specialized in the Central Asian region and the Silk Roads.

Dr. Ona Vileikis is an architect and cultural heritage specialist. She is currently researcher at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL), UK. Ona has collaborated at governmental and local levels, UNESCO, ICCROM, WMF, IICAS and ICOMOS in capacity building and consulting regarding the UNESCO World Heritage Convention and the Historic Urban Landscape, application of digital technologies, conservation practices and Heritage Impact Assessments.

Dr. Vileikis holds a PhD in Civil Engineering of the University of Leuven, Belgium and MA in World Heritage Studies, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany. She worked at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven as researcher for the BELSPO/UNESCO Silk Roads project in Central Asia and was a postdoctoral researcher at Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) at Carleton University, Canada.

Ona is a member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS ISC CIPA Heritage Documentation and representative of the Sustainable Development Goals Working Group. She has been also appointed as co-chair of the ICOMOS Scientific Symposia of the General Assembly in 2023 and 2020 in Sydney. She is serving as co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development. Since 2010, Ona has been actively serving as advisor to the UNESCO Silk Roads World Heritage nomination.