Joseph King received a degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland (1983) and a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania (1995). He also attended the Architectural Conservation Course at ICCROM (1991).
Since 2004, he is the Unit Director of the Sites Unit at ICCROM, responsible for capacity building programmes for the conservation of immovable cultural heritage around the world. He also leads a team of professionals in all aspects of ICCROM’s role as an Advisory Body to the World Heritage Committee. Previously at ICCROM, he was a Senior Project Manager working on the AFRICA 2009 programme, a long-term regional programme for the conservation of immovable cultural heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was also involved in the development of the first Integrated Territorial and Urban Conservation course and the development and implementation of courses related to the conservation of stone, wood, and modern architecture.
Before joining ICCROM, he worked as a consultant to UNESCO on a project to write a conservation plan for the Old Town of Mombasa in Kenya. He has also worked on projects related to urban planning and conservation in the United States and Italy.
From 1999 – 2002 he served as Secretary-General of the ICOMOS International Training Committee.