Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zihni TURKAN
He was born in 1958 in Paphos / Cyprus. He completed his primary education in Cyprus, secondary education in Turkey at Ankara Bahçelievler Cumhuriyet High School. In 1981, he graduated with the degree of Architect M.A. from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Karadeniz Technical University.He continued professionally as a freelance architect, developing architectural projects and construction site applications.Starting in the 1992-93 academic year, he took his place as a lecturer among the founding staff of the Faculty of Architecture at the Near East University. He completed his postgradute degree (Ph.D.) at the University of Ankara in 2000. In addition to his applied architectural designs and academic works and he has also been an active member and president in professional organizations such as the Board of the Chamber of Architects and the Union of the Chambers of Cyprus Turkish Engineers and Architects, the High Committee of Antiques and Monuments, Commission of Trafic Services and Transport of T.R.N.C. and Council of Construction of T.R.NC. He has taken part in the coordination bicommunal projects and various professional representations. Dr. Turkan has also been a jury member in architectural project competitions, as well as a member of organization committee and coordinator for symposium and congresses. He is still teaching, as an Assoc. Prof. Dr. at the Departments of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Near East University. Dr. Turkan is married to Memnune Turkan (Arch. M.A.)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Buket ASİLSOY
Buket Asilsoy was born on 21/08/1977 in Cyprus. She has completed Famagusta College in the year 1994. Later she graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Forestry, Department of Landscape Architecture. She had a MSc degree of ‘Landscape Planning’ from İstanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture Department of City and Regional Planning. She worked at various firms both in İstanbul and Cyprus since the year 1999. She completed her PhD degree in 2015 at Eastern Mediterranean University Faculty of Architecture Department of Architecture with a thesis named ‘Measuring the Potential for Ecological Citizenship among Famagusta Residents’. Buket Asilsoy is a lecturer at Near East University Faculty of Architecture Department of Landscape Architecture since 2010-2011 spring term. She is appointed as assistant professor at the same department in 2016. She is giving lectures about landscape design (residential gardens, public green spaces, mass housing sites etc.), history of landscape architecture, urban landscape planning and history of urban planning. Buket Asilsoy has international and national academic works such as published articles and conference presentations. She was the head of the Chamber of Turkish Cypriot Landscape Architects for the periods 2014-2016 and 2016-2018.