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Ahmet Alkan

Ahmet Alkan was born in 1954 in Konya-Ahırlı district. He completed his first, middle and graduate education in Konya. (1975) Masters (1978) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees from ITU. He started his academic life as a city planning assistant in KDMMA Architecture Department in 1978; In 1985, he began his career as an assistant professor and proceed as associate professor  in 1990. He began his political life with the elections of the local administrations (Konya Metropolitan Mayor candidacy) and continued as a Member of Parliament from 1995 to 1999. Ahmet Alkan, who continued his career as "freelance architect" between 1999-2007, returned academic life again at the end of 2007.

In his academic life, Ahmet Alkan, who is still in charge of administrative affairs such as  department chair, faculty board member, founder board member and vice chairman of many research centers, KTVKK member and vice chairman and also still continues to serve as dean of Faculty of Architecture at Selçuk University. .

Ahmet Alkan has many books and four with related to his architectural profession, one with political speeches, one with poems and one with a memo-novel, He continues to contribute to the scientific life with numerous papers, articles, seminars, conferences and traditional congresses and the Journal of the Faculty of Architecture(Iconarp), which he has brought to publication life.

 

Jack L. Nasar

Jack L. Nasar (PhD, Pennsylvania State University: Masters in Urban Planning, New York University; Bachelors in Architecture, Washington University) is a Professor Emeritus City & Regional Planning, The Ohio State University, and former editor of the Journal of Planning Literature. An environmental psychologist, urban planner, and urban designer, he has published more than 90 scholarly articles on environmental meaning, cognition, fear, crime, and spatial behavior. He served as architectural critic for The Columbus Dispatch and for Landscape Architecture magazine.  He wrote two books (Design by Competition: Making Design Competitions Work; The Evaluative Image of the City), and edited four more (Designing for Designers: Lessons Learned from Schools of Architecture; Universal Design and Visitability: From Accessibility to Zoning; Directions in Person-Environment Research and Practice; Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research, and Applications). He has developed more than 60 neighborhood plans, post-occupancy evaluations, and visual quality programs. An invited lecturer around the world, his honors include the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Career Award, Lumley Award for Excellence in Research, the EDRA Achievement award, Ethel Chattel Fellowship, Fellow American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Architecture at Washington University, St. Louis. 

 

Ali Madanipour

Ali Madanipour is Professor of Urban Design at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. He has studied (MArch, PhD), practised, and conducted research in architecture, urban design and planning. Funded by major UK, European and international funders, his research focuses on the social dimension of the design, development and management of cities, organized through three overlapping themes of knowledge and rationality, public space and urban governance, and urban neighbourhoods and social exclusion. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Persian and Spanish. He has been the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Vienna, the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan. His latest books include: Reconsidering Localism (2015, Routledge), Planning Theory (2015, Routledge), and Cities in Time: Temporary Urbanism and the Future of the City (2017, Bloomsbury).


Prof. Taner Oc


Taner Oc is Emeritusprofessor of Urban Design at theUniversity of Nottingham andHonoraryprofessor at theBartlett School of Planning, UniversityCollegeLondon. He is founding Editor of theJournal of Urban Design. He has BArchand MCP degreesfromMiddle East Technical University, MA in SocialSciencesfromtheUniversity of Chicago, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at METU, QueensUniversity of Belfast and George Washington University. He wasHead of Department at theUniversity of Nottingham (1994-2008) and now holds an Honoraryposition at UCL. His manypublicationsinclude Safer City Centres – reviving the public realm, RevitalisingHistoric Urban Quarters, and Public Spaces Urban Places, which has beentranslatedintoChinese, Persian and Korean.


Eric Clark

Eric Clark is Professor of Human Geography at Lund University, associated with the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, and elected member of the Royal Society of Letters at Lund. He studied urban and regional planning at Stockholm University before pursuing PhD studies in human geography at Lund University. He has held positions as associate professor of human geography at the University of Oslo and Copenhagen University, and as full professor at Uppsala University and, since 1998, at Lund University. His research interests include political economy of space, land rent theory, gentrification, financialisation, sustainability, island studies and historical political ecology. His research on rent gaps and gentrification has been especially influential in the field of urban studies. Clark is currently managing editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs(Wiley), and edited GeografiskaAnnalerSeries B: Human Geography (Blackwell) 1999-2008. He is steering committee member of the Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID), vice chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on Islands, and leads the Swedish research teams involved in the EU FP7 research program Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development (FESSUD) and the Urban Europe JPI research program Towards new forms of urban governance and city development: learning from URBan Experiments with Living Labs & City Labs (URB@Exp). His recent publications appear in Annals of the Association of American Geographers;Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers;Sustainability Science;Cultural Geographies;GeografiskaAnnalerSeries B: Human Geography;and Urban Studies. Recent book chapters include contributions to The Gentrification Reader; Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement; Sustainability and the Political Economy of Welfare; Processes of Urban Regeneration: Neil Smith and Beyond;Socialist and Post-socialist Urbanisms: Critical Reflections from a Global Perspective; Urban Sustainability: A Global Perspective; and Ecology & Power: Struggles Over Land and Material Resources in the Past, Present and Future.

 

Elisabetta Rosina

Elisabetta Rosina, associate professor at Politecnico di Milano, is competent in design, planning and execution of non-destructive investigations and degradation surveys on buildings, for preservation and maintenance.Her major competencies are in preservation technologies, specifically for historic buildings, performances and degradation of building materials, diagnostic methodologies and techniques such infrared thermography, gravimetric tests, microclimatic monitoring, psycrometric maps, videoscope, iron/steel structures search inside masonry and instrumental surveys. 

 

Gul Kacmaz Erk

 

Dr. Gul Kacmaz Erk is a lecturer in Architecture in the School of Natural andBuilt Environment at Queen’sUniversity Belfast in NorthernIreland, UK. She has receivedBachelorand Master of Architecture degreesfromMiddle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Shecompleted her PhDthesis in Architectural Design, entitled Architectural Space in theDigital Age: Cyberspace, HyperspaceandExospacethroughScience Fiction Films, at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. She has been a researcher at theUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA, andUniversityCollege Dublin, Ireland. She has taughtarchitecture at PhiladelphiaUniversity, USA, DelftUniversity of Technology, theNetherlands, andIzmirUniversity of Economics, Turkey, presentedscholarlypapers at internationalconferences, publishedarticles in refereedjournalsandchapters in editedbooks, andconducted urban film-makingworkshops in the UK, IrelandandTurkey. In 2009, shepublished Architecture in Cinema: A Relation of RepresentationBased on Space. Formoredetails, please visit: http://pure.qub.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/gul-kacmaz-erk(ac5d660b-a880-4005-a2f1-141fdb6af15e).html