Louis Becker
Architect | Henning Larsen Architects
Louis Becker is Design Principal and Partner at Henning Larsen Architects. With nearly three decades in practice, the scope of his experience spans from the design of cultural icons to city districts, with a particular focus on new building, urban place-making, and the relationship between space, light, and human well-being and interaction. Working in diverse cultures and climates in +20 countries worldwide, Louis works to enhance the built environment through context-driven design. In 2011, Louis was awarded the Eckersberg Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as a special recognition of his contribution to the field of architecture and international achievements.
Odile Decq
Architect & Urban Planner | Studio Odile Decq
Odile Decq is a French architect and urban planner International renown came in 1990, with her first major commission: La Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes. Since then, Odile Decq has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalising her research. Her early and unusual career was acknowledged in 1996 by the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. Other than just a style, an attitude or a process, Odile Decq’s work materialises a complete universe that embraces urban planning, architecture, design and art. Her multidisciplinary approach was recently recognised in 2016 with the Jane Drew Prize and with the Prix Femme Architecte in 2013. Odile Decq has been teaching architecture for the past 25 years, a commitment ratified by the opening in 2014 of her own school in Lyon, France.
Celal Abdi Guzer
Architect | Professor in Middle East Technical University
C. Abdi Guzer graduated from the Department of Architecture at Middle East Technical University in 1982. He received a British Council research grant and studied on ‘Architectural Criticism’ at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Guzer received his doctoral degree from METU where he is currently leading one of the groups in the 4th year architectural design studio. He acted as the vice chair of the Department of Architecture, director of the Program on Architectural Design, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Middle East Technical University and the Chairperson of Architects’ Association 1927. Guzer has been a jury member in several architectural competitions and received many awards and mentions in national and international competitions including three first prizes. He realizes most of his projects through METU and has several completed projects including METU MATPUM Research Center, which received YEM Design Award in 2008 and Zeugma Museum, which received Turkish Presidential Award in 2012.
Martin Rein-Cano
Landscaping Architect | Topotek 1
Martin Rein-Cano was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. He studied Art History at Frankfurt University and Landscape Architecture at the Technical Universities of Hannover and Karlsruhe. He trained in the office of Peter Walker and Martha Schwartz in San Francisco. In 1996 he founded TOPOTEK 1. TOPOTEK 1 partakes in a wide variety of international projects and has achieved the first prize in various competitions. Several professional books and articles have been published exclusively on his work, which has been honoured with many awards and prizes, last the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016. Martin Rein-Cano has been appointed as a guest professor in different academic institutions in Europe and North America, such as Harvard University. Presently he is teaching at the Dessau Institute for Architecture. He frequently lectures at internationally renowned universities and cultural institutions and regularly serves on competition juries.
Guenther Vogt
Landscaping Architect | Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten
Guenther Vogt is a landscape architect with a passion for and a deep knowledge of plants and literature. He founded Vogt Landscape in 2000. Today he develops national and international projects of all types and sizes with some forty employees in his offices in Zurich, London and Berlin. He’s Professor for Landscape Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Department of Architecture, and was Chairman of Network City and Landscape (NSL). In 2010 he opened his Case Studio VOGT in Zurich. Meant for both office and ETH chair, it is a platform for research and exhibition. Guenther was awarded with the Prix Meret Oppenheim 2012 for his projects and surveys both in landscape architecture and urban development and his constant work with architects and artists. For the fall semester 2012, he was visiting professor in the Faculty for Landscape Architecture at the Harvard GSD.


Ahmet Edip Ugur
Mayor of Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality
Ahmet Edip Ugur was born in Balikesir. He completed his primary and secondary education in Istanbul Isiklar Secondary School and completed his higher education in İstanbul State Engineering and Architectural Academy. He became the head of the Balikesir Chamber of Commerce and became the branch chairperson of the Balikesir Businesspeople Association. He has been continuing to be the head of the Vegetable Oil Industrialists Association since 2008. He first became the member of the 18th parliament from Balikesir. As the Founder State President of The Justice and Development Party in Balikesir, Ahmet Edip Ugur was elected as the member of the 22th, 23th, 24th parliament respectively. In 2008 he worked as the vice chairman of the Justice and Development Party and worked as the head of the “Financial and Administrative Affairs”. In the Election of the Local Administrations in 2014, he as a candidate of the Justice and Development Party was elected as the mayor of the Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality.
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Ali Ozerk
Architect | President of Chamber of Architects Balıkesir Chapter
Mehmet Ali Ozerk was born in 1959. In 1977 he started to undergraduate program of architecture in Istanbul Yildiz Technical University. In 1980 he left the Yildiz Technical University and continue with his education at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon/France. In 1983 he moved back to Yildiz Technical University and graduated from architecture program in 1987. After 5 years of working in Istanbul, he moved back to Balikesir. Since 1993 Mehmet Ali Ozerk has his own office and he designed most valuable buildings in Balikesir. For four years from now he is head of the TMMOB Chamber of Architects Balikesir Branch.
Ebru Erdonmez
Architect | Associate Professor in Yıldız Technical University
Ebru Erdonmez graduated from Yildiz Technical University Faculty of Architecture in 1995. She started her academic career in 1996 as a research assistant, and became an assistant professor in 2006 and an associate professor in 2011. She was a visiting lecturer in Siegen University’s Department of Architecture between years 2006-2007. Ebru Erdonmez has authored and edited several books, conference proceedings and papers. She received several awards in national and international architectural competitions, and currently continues her career as an associate professor in Yildiz Technical University Faculty of Architecture.
Serkan Sinmaz
Urban Planner | KENTAS
Serkan Sinmaz is an urban planner. He worked as an urban planner for Istanbul Metropolitan Planning Center between the years of 2005-2008 and then worked as a research assistant for Yildiz Technical University until 2013. He received his PhD from Yildiz Technical University, Department of City and Regional Planning in 2014. Currently he teaches urban design master program at Yildiz Technical University and is the owner of KENTAS Planning and Architecture Company.
Omer Yilmaz
Architect | Arkitera Architecture Center
Omer Yilmaz studied architecture in Istanbul Technical University (ITU). After his graduation, he worked for excavations in Hasankeyf, Arykanda, Byzantine City Walls, Karaman Binbir Church, Silifke Aya Tekla Church. From 1993 to 1997 he worked as a design architect and between the years 1997 and 1999 he worked as a construction supervisor. Omer Yilmaz co-founded Arkitera Architecture Center in October 2000. From 2000 to 2015 he was the chairman of Arkitera Architecture Center executive board. Since 2016, Omer Yilmaz has the honorary chair in Arkitera Architecture Center and he is the founder-coordinator of Kivi.


Olgu Caliskan
Having completed his doctoral degree on urbanism at TU Delft, the Netherlands in 2013, he has been lecturing at METU Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning and coordinating the Master of Urban Design Studio as assistant professor. His publications involve the book, Urban Compactness (VDM, 2009), guest editorial for the journal of Built Environment (2011), and several articles, including those in the Journal of Urban Design (2010/15), and Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (2011) and Urban Design International (2012). His main research interests are physical planning and design, urban morphology, urban design theory and methodology, and visualisation in urbanism.
Meltem Erdem Kaya
Meltem Erdem Kaya is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She worked as a visiting scholar in the Landscape Ecology, Perception, and Design Lab at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, USA, in 2010. Her research and teaching focuses on methods of landscape design, ecological approaches in landscape design, landscape characteristics and morphological studies on rural settlements, regenerative strategies for urban vacant lots. Dr. Erdem Kaya is actively participating design competitions and holds various awards at national level. Her professional practice focuses on landscape architecture projects ranging from small scale public spaces to large scale planning projects in urban and rural context. She is currently co-director of the Department of Landscape Architecture Department at ITU.
Burak Haznedar
Burak Haznedar is a practicing architect, urban designer, and founding partner at TEB Architecture LLC. He has led the design and execution of projects for government and non-governmental agencies, institutions, alongside commissions from corporations and individuals. He studied architecture (B.Arch.) and architectural design (MSc.Arch.) at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, with focusing on urban transformation processes of industrial spaces at cityscapes. He also holds a master’s degree in urban design (MAS ETH UD) from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, with a focus on urban transformations in developing territories, such as Ethiopia and its region. He has lectured and taught at various levels of design studios, and served as a guest critic at renowned universities in Turkey and abroad.


Aytekin Aktan
Aytekin Aktan was born in 1979 in Balikesir. Between 2003 and 2008, he worked at BE-HA-SE and Uluova Construction Companies, as a supervisor for HEPP, dam, road and superstructue constructions. In 2008 he started working at Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality. He is currently the urban planning branch manager.
Elif Demiroglu
After completing her bachelor degree in Gazi University, City and Regional Planning in the year of 2011 she started her MSc degree in Urban Design ITU Institute of Science and Technology. Later in 2012 she started working in an interdisciplinary office where she mostly focused on projects such as public space design, urban renewal and campus design for three years. Alongside working professionally, she continued to enter design competitions. Since April 2015, she has been working as Yarismayla Yap Project Manager at Arkitera Architecture Center and taking part in organisation of design competitions.
Bilge Kobas
Bilge had her BSc degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2008 and her MSc degrees from ITU and Architectural Association School of Architecture. She studied sustainable environmental design and building physics, and wrote several papers on sustainable design principles, intelligence in architectural context, legislative background of sustainable practices, and green building certification systems. She co-founded Super Eight in 2014, an architectural design and research studio based in Istanbul. She is a member of Herkes icin Mimarlık (Architecture for All) since 2012 and has been leading design studios and giving lectures on building physics in various schools since 2014.
Ece Ozden Pak
Ece graduated Yildiz Technical University City and Regional Planning in 2007. Afterwards she worked in Istanbul European Capital Culture of 2010 Agency’s Urban Projects Directorate as an assistant in 2007. She completed her master thesis at Yildiz Technical University’s urban design program in 2011 while she was working at British Council’s art in public space themed, EU financed My City project. In 2012 she started working in the secretariat of Chamber of City Planners’ Istanbul Branch. She continues her studies on urban development and metropolitanisation as a PhD candidate at Istanbul Technical University. Besides, she is actively participating in urban movements. She works as an urban designer at ENSPD since October 2016.
Can Sucuoglu
Architect | IYI OFIS
Can Kadir Sucuoğlu, graduated from Yildiz Technical University at 2005 and completed his M.Arch degree at Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc). From 2007 to 2009 he worked at Jorge Pardo Sculpture in Los Angeles and at this time he specialized in digital design and production techniques. He continued his career as a design coordinator in Warsaw 2. Metro Line in Poland and became a partner at Iyiofis 2012. Iyiofis has been providing design services to leading Turkish and worldwide institutions and exhibit work in various biennials and exhibitions. He is a part time tutor in Istanbul Bilgi University.


Caner Bingol
Architect & Urban Planner | Re-Pie
Caner Bingol graduated Yıldız Technical University’s Department of Architecture and completed his second major in Urban Planning Department in the same faculty. In 2007 he established Ensar Construction, Architecture, Planning, Real Estate and Consulting Limited Company (ENSPD). He has been engaged with the sector construction and real estate development projects, in addition to planning and architectural projects. He also manages many metropolitan planning studies and urban development projects throughout Turkey. He provides consultancy for different purpose real estate investment projects to the developers who are members of KONUTDER (Housing Developers and Investors Organization) and GYODER (Turkish REIT association). He is currently board member of RE-PIE Real Estate Portfolio Management Company and keeps conducting projects on Turkey’s investment market.
Ali Sungur Aric
Economist | Meda Worldwide
Ali Sungur Aric graduated from Faculty of Economics, Istanbul University. During his study, Aric experienced an exchange program on Regional Development at SOAS, University of London. He works on preparing economic and social development strategies for metropolitan municipalities in Turkey. Besides, he consults Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Development to enhance rural and urban development by regulating sectors such as agriculture, mining, industry, tourism, energy and logistics incentives.