EN Cyprus Board

Prof. Dr. Naciye Doratlı

Prof. Dr. Naciye Doratlı President


Naciye Doratli is a Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta in North Cyprus since 2000. She lectures in Urban Design, Urban Conservation and the Culture of Cities. Doratli has a PhD in Architecture on Urban Conservation which she was awarded in 2000. She has chaired many Master and PH.D Thesis and still chairing various PhD Theses in the field of Urban Conservation and Urban Design.


Her professional background also includes experience in town planning at a governmental level. She is member of several local organizations such as the Union of Chambers of Turkish Cypriot Architects and Engineers and the bi-communal Technical Committee for Cultural Heritage as well having roles with a number of international bodies, such as a nominator for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture, as a registered independent expert for the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and has been on the Europa Nostra Scientific Council since 2008. She is the Chairperson of EMU- Department of Architecture, the Director of EMU Center for Cyprus Studies, member of EMU Urban Design and Research Center at EMU.

Naciye Doratli received The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2007) for her contribution to the rehabilitation of the walled city of Nicosia and with the Famagusta Moat Project (2002), a Laurate of ‘Landscape Architecture. Look from home…’ Best realized and unrealized projects competition, Dom na Brestskoy- a center for Architecture and Construction- Moskow (2002).

Her research interests are in the conservation and revitalization of historic towns and settlements, urban design theory, the culture of cities and Cypriot settlements. She has published many scientific articles in this area of study, as well as being published in academic textbooks.

Dr. Agni Petridou

Dr. Agni Petridou President

is highly qualified in restoration of monuments, rehabilitation of histroic settlements and urban centers, with a Master in Architecture (University of Florence Italy), a Master of Arts in Town and Country Plannibg (UWE, Bristol, UK), a Postgraduate Degree in Urban Conservation from the International centre (ICCROM), and a Diploma in Specialization for the Restoration of Monuments from the University of Rome.

She lent her expertise as Senior Architect / Planning Officer for the Nicosia Municipality 1981 – 2014 and served as Team Leader of the Nicosia Master Plan bi-communal Team from 1990-2010. In this position, she was responsible for the definition of planning intervention policies for the historic center and other neglected conservation areas, design and implementation of large-scale residential revitalization programs, pedestrianization schemes, redesign of public open spaces, restoration and re-use of Historic monuments. Currently, she is working as the “City Engineer” (the Director of the Technical Services) of the Nicosia Municipality, responsible for master-plan development projects, planning control, infrastructure, improvement, design, and implementation of large-scale development projects.

Her key qualification concerns rehabilitation of historic settlements in post-conflict situations and negotiation abilities between conflicting parts. She is a member of several international professional organizations, including the Roster of Experts on Historic Preservation of the Commonwealth Secretariat – Technical Division (1989 – present), the Scientific Council (2008 – present) and Council for Europa Nostra (2011 – present) and the bi-communal Technical Committee on the Cultural Heritage in Cyprus (2009- present). Agni Petridou received The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2007) for her contribution to the rehabilitation of the walled city of Nicosia.

Prof.Dr. Şebnem Hoşkara

Prof.Dr. Şebnem Hoşkara Secretary

Sebnem Onal Hoskara (BArch, MPhil, PhD in Urban Design; Prof. of Architecture and Urban Design)

Born in Ankara in 1968. Graduate of Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 1990. Completed Ph.D. in 1994 at University of Nottingham, U.K. on Urban Design and Conservation. Assoc. Prof. in 1999 through Higher Education Council YÖK) in Turkey, and Professor at EMU in 2010.

Worked consecutively in the Economic and Social History Foundation of Turkey (Vice Secretary General), Istanbul; Eastern Mediterranean University, Department of Architecture, North Cyprus; University of Nottingham (Lecturer, Department of Urban Planning), Nottingham, U.K.; Istanbul Kültür University, Department of Architecture. Previously the Head of Department of Architecture (2004-2007) and the Dean of Faculty of Architecture (October 2010- October 2016) at the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), North Cyprus. She has been the Director of Urban Research and Development Center (URDC) of EMU for since 2013. She is the founder of Cyprus Network for Urban Morphology (CyNUM) and EUROPA Nostra Cyprus. Her teaching involvement is in Architectural Design Studios III-IV, Theory of Urban Design, Process of Urban Design, Graduation Project at an undergraduate level and Advance Research Methods, Urban Design Studios I-II, Sustainable Architectural and Urban Design, Conservation / Revitalization of Historic Urban Environments at the graduate level. Prof. Dr. Hoskara has more than 80 publications at both international and national levels. She has supervised 16 MS students and 5 Ph.D. students and currently supervising 8 Ph.D. students. Her main research interest areas are urban design theory and education, urban space design, architectural education, architectural and urban design for sustainability, architectural design in urban context, urban morphology, urban conservation, revitalization and renewal, Cypriot cities: planning and design, social science research, urban and architectural research methods.

Glafkos Constantinides

Glafkos Constantinides Secretary

Glafkos Constantinides holds University degrees in Sociology, Economics and Urban Planning from the Universities of Kent, London School of Economics and Sheffield.

He worked as Planning Officer in the Department of Town Planning and Housing in Nicosia, initially engaged in broad research and policy making issues and later as coordinator of the bi-communal ‘Nicosia Master Plan’ Project and of the ‘New Vision for the Core of Nicosia’ Project. He also served as Area Planner in charge of the Famagusta Planning Office.

Following early retirement from the Department pursued a career as independent consultant in Cyprus and abroad participating in multi-disciplinary teams engaged

in the preparation, evaluation, implementation and review of spatial, socioeconomic and regional strategies, policies and projects in various countries of the Mediterranean, Middle East, the Balkans and East Africa.

He has a particular interest in Divided Cities and their social, economic and spatial adjustments, achievements and limitations, in the application of tools for integrated spatial planning as well as in strategies for urban regeneration and the forces underlying spatial development and change. He is currently working on the application of economics to heritage conservation and sustainability analysis.

He is a Member of the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute of UK (MRTPI), the European Council of Town Planners (ECTP), ex-Board member of the Scientific Technical Chamber of Cyprus (ETEK) and of the Cyprus Association of Town Planners (SYPOK).

Assist. Prof. Dr. Müge Riza

Assist. Prof. Dr. Müge Riza Treasurer

Müge Riza is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), North Cyprus since 2015. Dr. Riza has a Ph.D. in Architecture on branding small cities. Her research is focused on city branding, creative city development, historic urban settlements and iconic architecture.

She has supervised Master Thesis in the field of Urban Design and has published scientific articles related to new buildings in historic settings and city branding. Currently, she is the coordinator of the undergraduate program of the Department of Architecture of  EMU and a member of the Advisory Board of Center for Woman’s Studies (CWS),  Research Center of EMU.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ege U. Tümer

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ege U. Tümer member

Ege Uluca Tümer has been a member of Eastern Mediterranean University, Department of Architecture since 2015. She had been a faculty member of Istanbul Kultur University, Department of Architecture between 1999 and 2015, where she had been assigned as Assistant Professor in 2008 and Associate Professor in 2013. 

She had graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture in 1995 and received her ‘Master in Restoration’ degree from the same university in 1999. She had completed her Ph.D. education in Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture, Restoration and Conservation Program in 2006 and her Ph.D. Thesis, which was titled as ‘Urban Development and Transformation of Famagusta Walled City throughout History’, was supervised by Prof. Dr. Nur Akın. She has been a Fulbright visiting scholar in University of Pennsylvania, Historic Preservation Program between 2011 and 2012 for eight months.
Ege Uluca Tümer has led many architectural/ urban design workshops and projects both in Turkey and abroad. Her academic works are mostly focused on urban and architectural conservation and urban history issues. Among various academic studies and publications, she has 5 international and 2 national journal papers, 16 conference proceedings, 4 international and 1 national book chapters, and 9 master theses completed under her supervision in the area of architectural/ urban conservation.

She has been a member of Europa Nostra since 2008, one of the founding members of Europa Nostra Turkey since 2010, and a member of ICOMOS Turkey, National Committee. Between 2010 and 2015, she had been an executive committee member and between 2014 and 2015 she had been the general secretary of Europa Nostra Turkey.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Nicolas Bakirtzis

Assist. Prof. Dr. Nicolas Bakirtzis member

Nikolas Bakirtzis is Associate Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage at The Cyprus Institute. With a Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from Princeton University, his research and publications concentrate on the art and architecture of the urban and rural landscapes of the Byzantine, Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean.

The architectural development of Byzantine monasteries is among his main interests. More recently, his work has focused on the study of historic Mediterranean cities, the perception and appropriation of Medieval heritage in the modern period and in the application of advanced imaging and analytical methods to understand the materiality of Medieval and Early Modern Art. Awards and fellowships include a European Commission Marie Curie Grant, a Princeton Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies Visiting Fellowship, an A.G. Leventis Foundation Grant and a Guest Scholarship at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Birgül Beyatlı

Birgül Beyatlı member

 Güvenir BEYATLI, Birgül, graduated as an architect from University of İzmirDokuzEylül. During the years 1990-1996 she practiced at various architectural offices both in İzmir, Turkey and Nicosia, Cyprus. Since 1996, she has given architectural design and interior decoration profession at her own private office in Nicosia, Cyprus. She has twenty-seven years of work experience in her field.

In 2000-2002, she worked as a director at The Chamber of Architecture. In this period she spent effort for the bi-communal project “The Tale of Two Villages” that was financed by UNDP and UNOPS, the project was finalized as a book. In those days, she was working at the Union of Engineers and Architects as a member of an expert team. She is also a founding member of Inner Wheel Club of Kyrenia and Business Women Association.

She has participated several national and international conferences, training, and competitions. Since 2005, she has been doing her Master’s program at Near East University in the field of restoration. A book named ‘Reflection of Defects on Architecture ‘which is the summation of homework of 5 students is published. The restoration project of the building used by The
Business Women’s Association (BWA) and the building used by The Turkish-French Culture Association is applied. Both of the projects are financed by SAVE.

The international second convention of the Women for Europe with the subject ‘Comparing Lives and National Economic Systems the Role of Inner Wheel’ was held in North Cyprus by the Inner Wheel Club Of Kyrenia, a club where she was the head chairperson.

In January 2014 she successfully completed her first project of touristic guesthouse restoration and management. She is the project representative of ”Enerjive Çevre Bilinçli ÇocuklarProjesi” by Mustafa Guvenir Arın Guvenir Eğitim Vakfı, which is a foundation started in July 2014 and financed by EU.

The project mentioned is executed with K.T Elektrik Mühendisler Odası and K.T ÇEvre Mühendisleri Odası. Nowadays, she continues her work mainly through restoration projects. Her involvement in civil society is primarily focused on people and education. (birgulbeyatli@gmail.com )

İlkay Feridun

İlkay Feridun member

 Received the First Prize as the restoration project architect of Buyuk Han in the competition organized by The EMU, Faculty of Architecture, Urban Research Center together with the Chamber of Architects for the Best Community Building in having the best connection with the urban space. Read More

Nayia Savvides

Nayia Savvides member

 After obtaining a Masters Degree in Architecture, Nayia worked for a year (1988-1989) as an Exhibition Designer at the Leventis Municipal Museum. After the successful opening of the Leventis Municipal Museum, in 1990 she attended a practical experience course at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the USA on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Since 1990 she is a Partner at the N.G. Savvides Architects Ltd. During the years 2003-2009 she was member of the Nicosia Master Plan Team Architectural Team of Nicosia Municipality gaining valuable experience in restoration and revitalization of listed buildings belonging to the Cyprus Architecture Heritage, including: the Municipal Centre for Social and Cultural Services at the Old Pallouriotissa Market, a listed building, formerly a municipal indoors market, transformed into a contemporary Cultural Centre in Nicosia, Cyprus, Ayios Antonios Municipal Market, a listed building used as a municipal indoors marketplace in the centre of Nicosia, Cyprus, the restoration and re-use of the old Isolation Hospital as the first Multipurpose Youth Centre in Cyprus and a number of private listed buildings.

As an Exhibition Designer she produced many projects including the museography design of the Leventis Museum, the A.G. Leventis Gallery, the Museum of the Pancyprian Gymnasium, the Omodos Ecclesiastical Museum, the Kallinikio Municipal Museum of Athienou, the Shadow Theatre Museum, the Rota Childrens’ Museum, the Municipal Museum of Kissonerga and the exhibition design of many temporary exhibitions including among others: the ’’Cyprus Jewel in the Crown of Venice’’, ‘’Colours of Medieval Cyprus. Aspects of daily life 1191-1571’’, ‘’50 Years Society-Culture-Life in the Republic of Cyprus”, ‘’Ceramic Art, Craft & Tales from Medieval Cyprus, El Greco – Domenikos Theotokopoulos: from Candia to Toledo the footsteps of a European journey’’.

Member of Cyprus Scientific & Technical Chamber (ETEK) since 1988 Member of the Nicosia – Kyrenia regional committee of the Cyprus Civil Engineers and Architects Association (CCEAA) since 2010 Correspondent member of the Scientific Council of Europa Nostra since 2010 Member of ICOMOS since 2012

Phoebe Katsouris

Phoebe Katsouris member

Yiola Kourou

Yiola Kourou member

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