Lori Wong became acquainted with the complexities of conserving Buddhist heritage through her long-term involvement at the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, China; the Imperial Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples at Chengde, China; and the site of Bagan in Myanmar. Her work as a conservator bridges practice and theory and explores conservation histories that move beyond Eurocentric models to reframe existing approaches and work towards more equitable processes. In doing so, she challenges and expands the ways in which cultural heritage is thought about, engaged with, and preserved.
Lori Wong joins The Courtauld from the Getty Conservation Institute with experience conserving cultural heritage in Egypt, China, Morocco, and Myanmar. She holds a double major in art history and studio art from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Wall Paintings from The Courtauld, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has authored numerous publications including, The Conservation of Cave 85 at the Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang (Getty Publications, 2013), and is currently working on a forthcoming book, The Conservation of the Tomb of Tutankhamen (Getty Publications).