In June 2019, architects Andreas Papallas and Kamil Güley (from Cyprus), Burak Asiliskender (Turkey) and Sophia Vyzoviti (Greece) visited the Netherlands for several days as part of the International Visitors Programme of Het Nieuwe Instituut.
The programme included a visit to the We Make the City conference, site visits to De Ceuvel/Buiksloterham, the island of Brienenoord Rotterdam and the LocHal in Tilburg, meetings with design agencies Braaksma & Roos and Posad Maxwan, a presentation and networking meeting at Het Nieuwe Instituut and a guided tour of the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. The visit of the four architects was realised in cooperation with the Dutch embassies in Cyprus, Turkey and Greece.
Andreas Papallas is a practising architect and a research associate at the Cyprus University of Technology. He holds an MPhil in architecture and urban design from the University of Cambridge and a BA in architecture from the University of Sheffield. His master’s thesis research Urban Rapprochement Tactics: Stitching Divided Nicosia, was honoured with the Susan and Geoffrey Twining Egginton Scholarship from Downing College and led to the UCF/IAMCR Urban Communication Research Grant in 2017. He has presented his work at several conferences including the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting and the 2015 CRASSH Urban Research City Seminar. He became a doctoral student at the University of Oxford in October 2019, investigating politics of inclusion in cities that have been affected by displacement and migration on the frontier between Europe and the Middle East.
Papallas wrote a report on the visit.
Kamil Güley studied architecture at Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus, graduating in 1999. He then began his postgraduate education at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul and graduated in 2001 with his thesis titled Investigation of Urban Identity Change Process in Famagusta. He returned to Cyprus and started practising as a freelance architect. He began his doctorate while working as a part-time lecturer at two different universities in Cyprus. In June 2014, he completed his Ph.D. thesis with a title A Methodological Approach to the Usage of Colour on Façade Design: The case of Salamis Road, Famagusta. In 2014, he became assistant professor and started to work as a full time instructor in the department of interior architecture at Eastern Mediterranean University. He is currently also the vice chair of the department. He has completed nearly 50 projects and many academic publications.
Sophia Vyzoviti is an architect, researcher and educator. She is associate professor of architectural design at the University of Thessaly, Greece. Her research focuses on spatial practices that transform conditions of social interaction. In her practice, she pursues a research by design approach. In addition to architecture and urban design projects, she produces architectural prototypes and temporary installations as well as curating exhibitions. Her goal is to enhance collective creativity within a critical spatial practice. She holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology where she developed a design tool conditioning the emergence potential of public spaces. Prior to TUDelft, she completed her master’s in architecture at the Berlage Institute after a diploma in architecture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has taught architectural design at the University of Cyprus, the National University of Singapore and Delft University of Technology. She has conducted workshops and lectured widely, from the Royal College of Art to the Politecnico di Milano. She is the author of several books including Soft Shells, Supersurfaces and Folding Architecture.
Burak Asiliskender has been professor of architecture at Abdullah Gul University School of Architecture in Turkey since 2012, and is founding chair of the department of architecture. He also co-founded Argeus Architects in Kayseri. He was editor-in-chief of the TOL Architectural Journal, published nationalwide in Turkey, from 2001 to 2011. He studies, teaches and publishes extensively on architectural history and the design approaches of the modern movement, focusing especially on industrial sites and housing. His papers and articles focus on modernity, identity, space and place concepts, modernisation and especially their spatial reflections on Turkey and Kayseri during the early days of the Turkish Republic, and have been published nationally and internationally. He is currently involved in the design and implementation projects for the restoration and adaptive re-use of the former Sumerbank Kayseri Textile Factory for AGU. He is a member of TICCIH, EAHN and Dococmomo.