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 Gizem Aydin

Gizem Aydin

Research student, Welsh School of Architecture

Gizem Aydın is an Urban Planner who holds a B.Sc. degree in City and Regional Planning from Middle East Technical University, Turkey; an M.Sc. degree in City and Regional Planning from Mersin University, Turkey; and another M.Sc. degree in Urban Planning and Policy Design from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Since October 2017, she has been a full-time Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK.

She has worked both in academia as a research assistant and in the private sector as a city planner in Turkey. Her pursuit has been to contribute to the profession and thereby to society. By following this intention, she decided to continue in academia and went abroad to learn from different societies and écoles to improve her professional knowledge. She was awarded a scholarship by the Turkish Government to study abroad in return for working as an academic at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts and University, Turkey.

Her research interests lie primarily in urban design and community involvement. Her first M.Sc. thesis topic was on paths as an urban element to assess urban perception and the urban image of citizens. Her focus moved to public participation and community involvement in her second degree and her thesis title was "Public Participation in Urban Design Processes". For her Ph.D. she is searching for a new role for professionals as a recourse to inveterate dilemmas of contemporary cities.

Research interests

  • Community involvement
  • Urban conservation
  • Urban design

Teaching

  • 18/19-CPT910 Autumn Studio
  • 18/19-CPT867 Designing Cities: Graphics Workshop

Thesis

Possible Contributions of Citizen Professional Role for Community Involvement in Urban Conservation Projects in Turkey

In the context of community involvement, the principal aim of the study is to strain opportunities, problems and gaps in participatory processes as regards their level, scale, and method and to point out the need for a new actor as a remedy who could be the citizen professional. Besides, it is intended to propound a series of conditional policies and programs to enhance and foment relationships between communities and government through citizen professional to act on the conservation of World Heritage Sites in Turkey.


The study is planned to be conducted on conservation site management planning processes in Turkey. Selected case studies of site management plans would be examined within the frame of roles and interactions of agents involved. Possible limitations of the study could be some difficulties in cultural, economic and political terms. However, an emphasis on such limitations may express the need of citizen professional and contribute to finding better practical solutions. Conservation Site Management Planning processes and local communities would be at the heart of the study to collect data, assess the hypotheses and acquire the results through agent-based modeling systems.


The main contribution of this study is the introduction of the concept of citizen professional into urban conservation agenda, to solve the existing problems of community involvement, which would be mitigated by citizen professionals; and specifically to assess the possible contributions of citizen professionals for the community involvement in urban conservation projects in Turkey. The question; how much the influence of politics can be allowed to govern the urban conservation plans on the built environment for the sake of individuals, would be answered by this proposed actor. On the other hand, the citizen professional would be the evaluator of the impacts of urban conservation projects for historical buildings, the surrounding built environment and their context.

Funding source

Ministry of Education, Turkey

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