Petr Justa


TEL: +420 602 234 586


Petr Justa (born 1955) is a graduate of the University of Chemical Technology in Prague, Institute of Chemical Technology for Heritage Care, and a widely published expert in the field of conservation techniques. He is a conservator by profession, specialising in architectural conservation and a fully licensed stone and stucco restorer, a long-standing member of the Commission for Heritage Conservation at the Ministry of Culture and former chairman of the board of the Institute of Restoration and Conservation Techniques. In 2009-2013 he was Vice Dean for Science and Foreign Relations at the Faculty of Restoration at the University of Pardubice. Since the late 1990s, he has served on the executive bodies of Gema Art Gorup and is currently the CEO of Gema Art International.

He has carried out surveys and/or participated in the restoration of important Czech monuments such as important Czech cathedrals, Baroque palaces in Prague, historic Jewish cemeteries and many others in the Czech Republic and abroad. In the last two decades he has worked on the restoration of cultural heritage in the Middle East. He has been involved in UNESCO projects to restore the ancient citadel in Erbil, the Choli minaret in Erbil, as well as to save the shrine of the Prophet Nahum in Alkosh, Iraq. He has a total of 40 years of experience in cultural heritage projects, has authored more than 40 scientific papers, is an ICOMOS Mission Expert and a member of ICOM, ICOMOS, APTI and WTA

Miroslav Houska

Project manager

TEL: +420 605 442 883


Miroslav Houska (born in 1952) trained in artistic metalworking and restoration, with a year’s work experience in Egypt (Islamic metalworks in bazaar Khan el-Khalili). In the 1980s he graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague with a degree in Oriental Studies and Arabic language. Since 2007 he has been working with GEMA ART as an international project manager and has been involved in the implementation of nearly 30 projects in the Middle East, including 6 UNESCO projects.

In cooperation with the Faculty of Restoration at the University of Pardubice, the Iraqi Institute for Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage, the National Heritage Institute of the Czech Republic and Czech universities, he has implemented six courses for Iraqi restorers (2010 – 2021), including one UNESCO course in Syria in cooperation with the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums of Damascus (2010). He has been involved in a number of surveys in the Middle East countries and in the restoration of monuments at the citadel of Erbil (included in the World Heritage List in 2014), the rescue of the shrine with the tomb of the Old Testament prophet Nahum in Alqosh, or the shrine dedicated to the prophet Ezekiel in Shush (2023). He speaks fluent Arabic, works with NGOs and is the author of 60 publications in Czech and English.

Vojtěch Adámek

TEL: +420 777 860 706

Petr Sochora

TEL: +420 602 137 633

Jana Petrášková

TEL: +420 607 091 770

Jan Fiala

TEL: +420 723 323 970

Helena Bartošová

TEL: +420 724 145 543

Ivana Mádlová

TEL: +420 608 170 574

Václav Hána

TEL: +420 606 611 856