Dan Teodorovici 

Livenarch VI Congress Speech Title: Replacing Architecture: Marginal thoughts on architecture as cosa mentale

Dr. -Ing., University of Stuttgart
Institute of Urban Planning and Design
Chair of International Urbanism

Dr.-Ing. Dan Teodorovici is an architect trained at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Stuttgart (1993-2000), from where he got his PhD in architectural history and theory in 2010. Having initially worked as a practising architect, he later discovered his passion for teaching and curating as well as for the history and theory of architecture and urbanism. As a practising architect he has worked in Stuttgart and Paris, with his expertise encompassing projects of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture. He has taught Urban Design at the Institute of Urban Planning and has been the ERASMUS co-ordinator of the Stuttgart Faculty (2003-2009), and later academic co-ordinator at the IZKT / International Centre of Cultural and Technological Research of the University of Stuttgart (2014-2015). Since 2012 he has curated exhibitions in Germany, England and Romania, and his writings include publications in German, English, Romanian and Chinese. Dan Teodorovici is committed to the civic society project of railway infrastructural urbanism “Stuttgart Gleisbogen”. As a researcher at the Institute of Urban Planning / Chair of International Urbanism he is currently involved with the BMBF funded interdisciplinary project WECHSEL.

Pelin Tan

Livenarch VI Congress Speech Title: Threshold Architecture: The Unconditional Hospitality

Research Prof., Art&Film School, Kabelvag, Norway  

Tan is a researcher and writer; receiver of Keith Haring Art and Activism award (New York, 2019-2020), research fellow of Center for Research in Art and Design (Boston, 2029-2020).

She studied sociology and completed her master and PhD in Art History in the field of socially engaged art. Tan was as a Postdoctoral fellow on "Artistic Research" at ACT Program, MIT (2011). DAAD Art History, Humboldt Berlin Univ.(2006), The Japan Foundation (2011), Hong Kong Design Trust (2016), BAK Utrecht Research Fellow (2017-18). Tan was a visiting professor at School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2016), Architecture Faculty, Nicosia, Cyprus (2018). Between 2013 - 2017, Tan was an Associate Prof. and Vice-Dean of the Architecture Faculty of Mardin Artuklu University. Co-directed three episodes of films titled 2084; about the future of art and society with artist Anton Vidokle.

She is a lead author of 'Towards an Urban Society', the International Panel on Social Progress (Edt. Sasskia Sassen & Edgar Pietersen, Cambridge Publ. 2018). Contributed as author Urgengies in Architectural Theory (Columbia Univ. Press, 2016), Climates: Architecture and The Planetary Imaginary (Columbia Univ.Press, 2017), Autonomous Archiving (Istanbul, 2017), Positions on Emancipation—Architecture between Aesthetics and Politics (2017, Lars Müller )

Heidi Svenningsen Kajita

Livenarch VI Congress Speech Title: Architectural care: norms of welfare and the mess of life in Scandinavian mass-housing

Postdoc, KTH School of Architecture

Heidi Svenningsen Kajita is an architect, teacher and researcher. Heidi is currently postdoc in architectural history and theory at KTH-School of Architecture, Stockholm.She is recipient of the Independent Research Fund Denmark/DFF international postdoctoral grant to research at Newcastle University and Copenhagen University, (October 2019 – October 2021) for the project (Im) Possible Instructions: inscribing use-value in the architectural design process. Her practice-based research within the emerging field of ethnographic-architecture concerns the intersection of architectural practice, lived experiences and building codes in the context of transformation of Welfare State large-scale housing estates. As a researcher, she has exhibited, lectured, edited and published internationally, including a chapter in Forming Welfare (The Danish Architectural Press, 2017), Sketching, drawing, scripting, modeling: Artifacts of designing and their knowledge practices, Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin (Exhibition/e-publication, Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft, 2017/2019); Housing and Welfare - Homes | Ensembles | City, (KADK, 2015), About Appreciation and care (solo-show at Leth & Gori Galleri, 2014). Her published texts also include interviews with prominent practicing architects' on issues of the social in architecture.​ 

Heidi has taught extensively in various architecture schools in Denmark, UK and Sweden. She was Senior Lecturer at University of East London 2003-10 and Teaching Associate Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (KADK) 2016-19 from where she also completed her Ph.D. in 2016. As a practising architect, Heidi is co-founder of Bureaus a platform for collaborative spatial design, research and strategies,  here she specialises mainly on small-scale interior, urban design and strategies as well as curatorial and editorial work. 

Murat Tabanlıoğlu

Livenarch VI Congress Speech Title: Memory in Architecture/Places of Memory

Founding Partner at Tabanlıoğlu Architects (RIBA, Chartered Member, Int’l. Assoc. AIA)

Studied architecture at Vienna Technical University and graduated in 1992. He founded Tabanlıoğlu Architects in cooperation with Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu in Istanbul in 1990. Today his award winning practice is developing projects on four continents. He lectures at universities and various international platforms besides his recent atelier program at Istanbul Bilgi University. In addition to his national and international contributions as a jury member, such as at AIA and WAF, Murat served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Partners received MEA- Middle East Architect’s “Architect of the Year” Award in 2010 and in 2013 and in 2018, they are both selected as the “Architect of the Year” by Big Project ME. In 2018, Middle East Architects Magazine announced Melkan Gürsel - Murat Tabanlıoğlu as 2nd&3rd in the list of most powerful 50 figures who shaped the architecture of the ME. Along with several prize-winning projects, e.g. RIBA International Awards in 2011 and 2013 respectively for Loft Gardens and Bodrum International Airport, Beyazıt State Library that is finalist for Mies Van Der Rohe Awards in 2017 and finalist for Aga Khan Architecture Awards in 2019, and several others, Murat curates exhibitions and designer of various instalation exhibited in international platforms. In 2014 he has been granted with the great honor of curating the first Pavilion of Turkey at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 2015, he has been the curator of “Port City Talks. Istanbul. Antwerp.” exhibition at MAS Antwerp, as a major event of Europalia 2015 Turkey. Murat is also invited to create installations that are exhibitied at the London Design Festival; Summerset House and The Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2015 & 2016. Recently he had exhibitions “Stage_0; Travelogue” in ArchitekturGalerie in Munich in 2017 and in 2018 “Re-composing AKM” in ArchitekturGalerie Berlin. He is the co-designer of “housEmotion” installation exhibite at Interni Milan2018, LDB2018 and Dubai Design Week ... 

Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu

LivenARCH VI Congress Speech Title: Darzanà, Border Violations and Hybridity

Partner of Teget Architecture

Mehmet V. Kütükçüoğlu was born in Zurich in 1967. He graduated from the Middle East Technical University’s (METU) Faculty of Architecture in 1989, and completed his graduate work, which he began in Switzerland that same year, at the SCI-ARC School of Architecture in Los Angeles in 1992. He worked with various architects before returning to Turkey in 1993, including Calatrava, Wagner in Switzerland, and Gehry, Johnsons & Favaro in the U.S. He has been pursuing his professional career as a partner at TEGET Architecture since 1996. Alongside his professional output, Kütükçüoğlu has also lectured at SCI-ARC, METU, Yıldız Technical University, and Istanbul Technical University as part of his academic career. He was also a studio coordinator and is a member of the Board of Directors of Istanbul Bilgi University’s Master Degree Programme in Architecture. His articles on the city, its relationship with architecture, and the architecture profession have been published in various media. He continues his professional work as a partner at TEGET, with projects such as the Istanbul Naval Museum, the Izmir Opera House, and the Yapı Kredi Cultural Centre in Galatasaray.

Kerem Piker

LivenARCH VI Congress Speech Title: Düşünce, İklim, Atmosfer: KPM'nin ilk on yılı.

KPM-Kerem Piker Architecture, The Curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 16th Architecture Exhibition in La Biennale di Venezia.

Kerem Piker was born in Ankara in 1978. He received his BArch degree in Architecture in 2001 at Istanbul Technical University and his MSC in Arch degree in 2004 at TU Delft. He worked for EAA between 2004 and 2010 as a senior architect, associate and partner. In 2010, he was selected as one of best 40 architects in Europe under the age of 40 by Chicago Atheneum.

In 2011 Kerem Piker founded KPM-Kerem Piker Mimarlık, Architectural Studio. KPM was awarded in several architectural competitions including Manisa Municipality Building National Competition (1st prize), MEB Midyat High School Campus National Compeititon (1st Prize), Sisli High School National Competition (honorable mention), Borusan Kinder Garden National Competition (honorable mention, İzmir Transfer Hub HQ National Competition(honorable mention). In 2012 he attended 1st Istanbul Design Biennial with the project named The Bomb. In 2015, he was invited as a guest editor of Betonart Magazine’s 45th issue. In 2016, Akyazı Cultural Center designed by KPM received the best project prize in the 15th National Architecture Awards. Since 1998,

Kerem Piker has taught in architectural schools as a visiting lecturer and juror, including İstanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University, Gebze Institute of Technology, Bilgi University and AGU. Kerem Piker was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 16th Architecture Exhibition in La Biennale di Venezia.