Keynote Speakers


   Courtyard Housing around the World: A Cross-Cultural Analysis and Contemporary Relevance

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  • Dr. Donia Zhang, Neoland School of Chinese Culture, Canada

Dr Donia Zhang is the Director of the Neoland School of Chinese Culture, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism. She has over 20 years of research experience in interdisciplinary studies of architectural humanities and social sciences, particularly the interrelations of housing, health, happiness, and cultural sustainability. She has authored four scholarly books with one under contract: Courtyard Houses of Beijing: Past, Present, and Future (2009/2010/2011), Schoolyard Gardening as Multinaturalism: Theory, Practice, and Product (2009), Courtyard Housing and Cultural Sustainability: Theory, Practice, and Product (2013/2016), Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness: Architectural Multiculturalism in North America (2015/2017), and The Curriculum for Chinese Culture (2020). Moreover, she contributed two chapters to the eBook, Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts (2015), and over a dozen articles in academic journals. She is also a contributor of three entries and translated the Chinese lexicon for the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (2020, 2nd ed), hosted at Oxford Brookes University. Her next book project is entitled “The Dao of Chinese Architecture.”

 

Sustainable Urbanism Against Unsustainable Realities in Cities: A Holistic Model

 

Prof. Dr. Derya OKTAY, Department of Architecture and the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey

Derya Oktay (BArch, Gazi Univ / MSc, Middle East Technical Univ / PGDipUD, Oxford Brookes Univ / PhD, Yildiz Technical Univ & Oxford Brookes Univ) is currently a Professor and Chair at the Department of Architecture and the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey. She was the Founding Director of the MS in Urban Design Program, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, and the Founding Director of the Urban Research & Development Center (URDC) at Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. In addition, she has served as the President of the Society for International Development (SID) Lefkosa (Nicosia) Chapter in Cyprus. Her areas of research and teaching are architectural design in urban context, sustainable architecture and urbanism, cultural-spatial aspects of housing environments, urban identity, public urban spaces, quality of urban life and livability, besides her main expertise urban design. Professor Oktay has developed and offered various courses focusing mainly on architectural design in urban context, urban design theory and principles, sustainable developments, building and urban space relationship, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has founded new undergraduate and graduate programmes at the two universities. She was a Visiting Scholar/Professor in such universities as UC Berkeley, Politecnico di Milano, University of Michigan, and Oxford Brookes University. She was a Jury Member at the 13th Biennale of Architecture - Venice Biennale 2012 - at "Recycling Common Ground" Workshop, and team member in various national and international urban/architectural design competition projects. She has experience in both qualitative and empirical research funded by the EU, USAID, TUBITAK, and EMU. She has authored more than 150 publications including books, chapters in refereed books, refereed journal articles of the highest categories, conference papers and popular press articles. She also spoke in various international platforms as an invited speaker. Professor Oktay is on the executive board of various scientific/professional associations and on the editorial board of various prestigious journals. She is the Editor of the themed issues of ICE Urban Design and Planning on “Quality of Life in Cities” and “Urban Identity in the Era of Globalisation”, and of Ekistics and the New Habitat on "Turkey, Urbanism and the New Habitat". 

 

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Dr. Francisco Gomes, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Cisco Gomes founded his award-winning practice, Gomes+Staub Architects, with partner Dabney Staub in 1999. The work of Gomes+Staub has been published nationally and internationally, notably in 1000x Architecture of the Americas (Verlaghaus Braun). The firm’s work has been presented in a number of lecture and exhibition venues, including the Duke University Museum of Art and the Audi International exhibition in Hanover, Germany. In 2007, Cisco moved his practice from North Carolina to join the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture faculty where he teaches design and construction. Cisco has actively practiced as a registered architect since 1996 and has held licenses in the states of Texas, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED accredited professional, a CSI Certified Construction Specifier, and a licensed commercial building contractor in the State of North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and has served as a juror for numerous design award programs at the regional, state, and local levels. Since moving to Austin, Cisco has been recognized for his teaching with the UT Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the School of Architecture Outstanding Studio Teacher Award, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, and membership in the UT Society for Teaching Excellence. In 2014, he was named one of the "30 Most Admired Educators" in the nation by DesignIntelligence. Cisco is also an inventor with several recent US patents related to his research interests of construction innovation and contemporary cultures of construction.

 

  Assessment of Sustainability of Built Environment: Design and Development of a Framework Model.

Prof. Dr. Alaattin Kanoğlu, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Turkey

 After 33 years of academic and administrative experience at Faculty of Architecture of Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ), Dr. Kanoğlu has been invited by Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University (ALKÜ) in 2019, as the founding dean of ALKÜ Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. His expertise area is “Management Sciences in Architectural Design and Construction” in general, and “design and development of information system models in construction management area for construction industry” in particular. Content of the Speech: Dr. Kanoğlu is the founder of the virtual lab entitled as SIMURG_ALKÜ_İTÜ that aims to organize the efforts to develop integrated components of the framework model, which is the subject of the master project “SIMURG: A Performance-Based & Sustainability-Oriented Integration Model Using Relational Database Architecture to Increase Global Competitiveness of Turkish Construction Industry in Industry 4.0 Era” in various research projects, MSc theses & PhD dissertations, with the precious contributions of colleagues from various institutions and graduate students, since 2008.

Prof. Dr. José Manuel Pagés Madrigal, University of Genoa , Italy

 

Dr. jing zhao,  Subject director in Technology and Environment, University of Lincoln, UK

I'm a Lecturer and researcher in Architecture in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment. Previously I worked in University of Edinburgh as a teaching assistant in BArch programme and as a research assistant on a EPSRC funded project alongside my PhD study. I have also worked internationally for architectural practices based in London, Beijing, Edinburgh on mainly high-end residential projects. My interest in research and my environmental ideology have brought me back to academia. I'm now leading Technology and Environment modules for both BArch and MArch programmes. At the same time leading a design studio in BArch.

 

 

 Dr. Islam El Ghonaimy, Department Of Architecture and interior design, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Islam Elghonaimy did the honors of setting forth the consultation services in City Urban Planner for TEAM International office, Iraq - Kurdistan Region, 2012-2016. And as urban consultant for World Institute for Development Economics Research of the UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland on 2007 & 2012 and as City Development Strategy Consultant, for World Bank projects with Arab Urban Developing Institute(AUDI), Arab Towns Organization, Riyadh, SA Academically, in 2000 he has been accredited the Doctoral of philosophy degree. Formerly, in 1995 he has been approved the M.Sc. and B.Sc. of Architect on 1988 In 2014, he was assigned to hold down a professor rank by High commission of Universities in Egypt. has been affiliated as moderator for the academic program for many universities. Since 2012, he has been affiliated with the University of Bahrain, College of Engineering, Department of Architecture and Interior Design and External reviewer in Higher Education for many universities in Gulf Region.
 

 

-  Assit Prof. Dr. Pinar Engincan, Director of  Space Studies of Planning and Architecture, UK

Dr Pınar Engincan is Founder and Director of SPACE Studies of Planning and Architecture in London. She holds her position as an Assistant Professor at Maltepe University. Her main field of expertise is "Housing and Urbanisation Policy". Her related research interests are housing policy and production, urbanisation, regeneration in residential areas, participatory design in housing, use and production of urban space. After she completed her PhD, she had researched in her field of expertise and had journal articles, conference papers, reports published, research projects and workshops participated and directed. Besides her research activities, she has experience in teaching graduate and undergraduate levels. 

  

 

Assist. Prof. Dr. Lazar Stosic, President of The Association for the Development of Science, Engineering and Education, Serbia

Editor in chief : International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education (IJCRSEE)

 

Dr. Eshrar Latif, Cardiff University, UK

Dr Eshrar Latif is a lecture (Associate Professor) in the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University, UK. He  specialises in hygrothermal performance of building envelopes, low energy buildings, passive design and low carbon building materials and energy impact at urban level. He is a certified passive house designer, LEED Green Associate and  a Prof/Trac certified trainer in nearly zero energy buildings. He is the course leader of MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings. For further information on his research and publications, please see:  https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/1254519-latif-eshrar
 

 

Dr. Saadet Toker Beeson, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Dr. Saadet Toker-Beeson received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Middle East Technical University (METU) (Ankara-Turkey) in 1998. She completed her Masters (M.Sc.) in the Building Science program at METU in 2000. Her PhD research was on earthquake resistant architectural design and strengthening of reinforced concrete buildings and was completed in Building Science program at METU in 2004. Meanwhile she was a visiting researcher in the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department, University of Bath, England. In 2004, she was assigned to Suleyman Demirel University (Isparta, Turkey) Department of Architecture. From 2008 to 2009, she worked as a post doctoral research fellow in the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department of University of Wyoming, WY. After she completed her studies there, she continued her research and teaching in Suleyman Demirel University. Until August 2009 she served there as an Assistant Professor and taught several classes within her field of interest and qualifications such as: Statics, Strength of Materials, Behavior and Analysis of Structures, Reinforced Concrete (Theory and Analysis), Reinforced Concrete Design, Steel Structures, Advanced Structural Systems, Earthquake Resistant Building Design and Architectural Design. She also served in many administrative positions and had active roles on several committees. Her fields of interest are Structural Design, Evaluation of Existing Structures, Architectural View in Structural Design, Masonry Structures, Historic Buildings, Retrofit and Reinforcement of Buildings, Architectural and Structural Solutions for Earthquake Resistant Building Design.