Igor Demchenko received a PhD in architectural history from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. His doctoral dissertation explores the restoration of medieval Islamic monuments in Soviet Central Asia. His research was supported by the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Canadian Center for Architecture, Aga Khan Program for Islamic architecture, and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library. He presented at numerous conferences in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and in Central Asia. Igor Demchenko co-organized two panels at the Society of Architectural Historians annual conferences addressing the issues of non-Western architectural expertise and the problems of historic preservations in the Middle East. He published several articles and is currently working on turning his dissertation manuscript into a monograph.