The mission of the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) is to safeguard the extraordinary and threatened architectural heritage of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, which boasts a concentration of architectural monuments and townscapes of great significance. KVPT has rescued over two dozen monuments, including seven that were once listed on UNESCO’s list of endangered sites. The Trust headquarters on Patan Durbar Square has become a training center and clearinghouse for historic preservation in Nepal. And the Trust has rallied a significant donor base among Nepalese business and individuals, with local donations matching KVPT fundraising as the norm.
Michael F. Doyle, FAIA, is chairman and founding director of the KVPT, and has visited Kathmandu to coordinate work with the Nepali government, UNESCO, and the World Monuments Fund. Mr. Doyle provides quality control and advises on technical matters pertaining to restoration efforts.