Linda Pettersson, Landscape Architect and Director of Office at Urbio.
Ali Akgün studied architecture at İzmir University of Economics in İzmir. He is a partner and principal architect at Zero Architecture. His research mainly focuses on urban design and he takes part in a collaborative design approach to a wide variety of projects, from recreational facilities to multi functional buildings.
Born in 1998, Ali Tiknazoglu began to study architecture at Gebze Technical University in 2016. He is the vice president of Mimarlık ve Tasarım Topluluğu (Architecture and Design Community) since March, 2017. He organized the “RE-vizyon” workshop as a part of UMÖB 17 (National Meeting of Architecture Students) held in Samsun. He has designed various posters for different student clubs. He is also the designer of the logo of “Kelebekro” International Robot Olympics 2018.
Asiye Akgun Gultekin holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Yildiz Technical University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Istanbul Technical University. She is currently teaching at Istanbul Kultur University's Architecture Faculty.
Born in Istanbul in 1978, Cicek holds a masters’ degree in architecture from Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. She moved to Brussels after working in Munich, Vienna and Rotterdam. She worked as a project architect with Elia Zenghelis between 2005 and 2007 and for Robbrecht en Daem Architecten between 2007 and 2014. She has been participating as a lecturer in diploma studios in Interior Architecture at KU Leuven since 2009. She has published several articles on architecture and art in Turkey and Europe.
Gurpinar has earned his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Product Design from Istanbul Technical University (2014), after finishing his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering (2004) and graduate studies in Industrial Product Design (2008) in the same university. He has completed part of his graduate studies in HfK Bremen, Digital Media program. He has worked on Cultural Studies in Design, History of Design in Turkey and Globalization and Design. Gurpinar has previously thought courses in Art History, Contemporary Art and Design and Visual Communication in Sabanci University, Kadir Has University and Istanbul Bilgi University. He currently works as an Assistant Professor in Department of Industrial Product Design in Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Architecture. His main research interests focuses on Design Foundation Studies, Visual Communication Techniques in Design, Urban Studies,History of Design, Issues of Globalization in Design and Design of Objects, Environments and Places of Play.
Born in Istanbul in 1969, Volkan graduated from Yıldız Technical University Architecture Faculty. Worked at Ertem Ertunga Architecture until 1995, she continues to practise architecture at Kreatif Architecture since 1996. She is also a board member at Istanbul Free Association of Architects.
Ayham Dalal is an architect, researcher and independent consultant. He studied architecture in Syria, and did his double master degree in Integrated Planning at Stuttgart University and Ain Shams University (Cairo). He taught at the German University of Technology in Oman, and has been engaged with several initiatives and workshops related to refugees and Syria. Currently he is doing his PhD studies at the Technical University of Berlin, at the Habitat Unit. His research looks at the relationship between informality, urbanism and memory within different refugee settings in Jordan.
Bahar received her bachelor's degree in Architecture from ITU Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 2011, MS in Architectural Design in 2013 (MSci) and Architecture (MArch) in 2014 from The Cooper Union. She is interested in representation, language, drawing construction and architecture, and her drawings are published in The Architectural Review Folio. Since 2016, she has been pursuing her doctorate studies and is a lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture.
Banu Çiçek Tülü is an independent researcher and urban designer from South-East Turkey based in Berlin. For the past years, she has been developing her ideas through extradisciplinary praxis by acting as an initiator of diverse research projects that utilize editorial, curatorial, artistic and academic methodologies. Her academic and artistic research interests include urban design theory, urban commons, participation, public space, soundscapes, acoustic ecology, environmental spatial justice and interdisciplinary methodologies. She is currently PhD candidate at Hamburg Fine Arts University and granted by Heinrich Böll Foundation. One part of her dissertation turned into a seminar format; Berlin Sonic: Auditory Collective Explorations which she leads the students to discover the urban space and the politics of sound. Started when she was a BA student in Istanbul, she continues her political engagement also in Germany. Since April 2018, she teaches Urban Activism class at Humboldt University Berlin.
Bart Decroos (1989) graduated cum laude as a Master of Architecture from the University of Leuven in 2015. He is currently a research assistant at the Henry van de Velde Research Group of the University of Antwerp and a member of the editorial board of OASE Journal for Architecture. In addition, he is a freelance writer for different magazines and regularly collaborates on various publications with architecture firms in Flanders and the Netherlands.
She graduated from ITU Architecture Faculty in 2008, and in 2010, she completed her postgraduate study in Bilgi University Architectural Design Graduate Program. Being a member of Assos Excavation team, Bal has been involved in archeological excavations since 2007. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation titled Bilgi Architecture, Speculation and Drawing: An Experimental Theory İstanbul at ITU and she is a research assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Architecture.
Bilgen Coşkun completed his PhD studies in Brand Management and Communication at Steinbeis-University Berlin and has been consulting global fashion and lifestyle brands about brand strategy, design collection and retail. He has been s leading the Fashion Management Department at Istanbul Moda Academy since 2013 and curating design projects and exhibitions in global platforms such as Milan, Paris and Brussels Design Weeks. Coşkun is writing for renowned publications in Turkey and globally about design. IN-BETWEEN Design Platform is generating projects aiming to create value through design, bringing designers, industry and academy together through a representative platform.
I was born in Adana, Türkiye in 1995. In 2002, we got internet connection at our home, which provided me with the opportunity to engage with various fields of design and art. When I enrolled at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2013, architectural photography also became an integral part of my pursuits. Experiencing a space in its physical location holds multiple dimensions. On the other hand, when working with photographs, I have a reflex to distill them into the ideal emotion one wishes to remember. The concept that photographs can evoke everything that crosses the mind while seeking the perfect frame is something I hope will never end.
Can Altay investigates the functions, meaning, organisation and reconfigurations of public space. His "settings" provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. Focusing on ‘narrative devices’ and ‘spatial instruments’ his work traverses sculpture, photography, design and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he co-produces. His work has been shown in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Thessaloniki, Taipei, Yinchuan; group exhibitions include Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul); and solo exhibitions in Istanbul, London, Berlin, Bristol, and Bilbao. An Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Bilgi University, Altay is also currently the Head of Department of Interior Design. Between 2012-2019 Altay was the Head of Department of Industrial Design, where he established a critical curriculum based on his experiences in contemporary art, architecture and the urban context. Resulting in a body of student work that challenges the norm especially with regards to contingencies of locatedness and production methods in design education.