KMKD Board

KMKD Board


Ismail Yavuz Ozkaya (Chair)

İsmail Yavuz Özkaya received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1983 and a Master of Science in Restoration in 1987 from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Following graduation, he worked as an architect and project coordinator at various architectural design companies. He lived in Ithaca NY between 1991 and 1995 and attended the Graduate Program in Art and Art History Program of SUNY Binghamton. Özkaya started his office specializing in design and historic preservation in 1995. He prepared historic preservation projects for a wide range of sites and monuments in addition to his architectural design work. Since 2006, he is working at Ani archeological site, documenting and preparing historic preservation projects for its different monuments. Currently he is managing the conservation works of Surp Amenap’rkich Church and the Cathedral of Ani in collaboration with World Monuments Fund and the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism; and working on his contribution to a monograph of Surp Amenap’rkich Church by Armen Kazaryan. 


S. Silvyo Ovadya (Vice Chair)


Dr. Lory Zakar (Secretary)

Born in Istanbul in 1984, Dr. Zakar recieved her bachelor's degree in architecture from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in 2009 and her master's degree in historical building conservation from Istanbul Technical University in 2013. She completed her PhD in MSUFA Faculty of Architecture, Building Construction Programme in 2018. She has been working as team member and consultant in various restoration and construction projects in Paris and in Istanbul since 2009, and has been involved with several NGO organizations engaged with the conservation of cultural heritage. Currently she is working as a teaching member at MSUFA Faculty of Architecture and co-founder architect in Archista Architects.


Laki Vingas (Treasurer)

Laki Vingas is an entrepreneur managing his own export-import business since 1983. As a member of the Greek minority of Istanbul, he has been very active in the social affairs of his community, including active participation in Greek minority cultural organizations.

In 2010, he was among the initiators and founders of the Association for the Support of the Greek Community's Foundations (Rumvader), which coordinates the activities of all 69 foundations of the Greek minority in Turkey. He served as president of Rumvader from January of 2011 until December of 2012. He has participated in many conferences with topics ranging from religious freedom and Turkey's bridge to the European Union, the role of minority foundations in Turkey,  and the experience of a minority person living in Turkey.

Born in 1961, he received his degree from the Technical University of Yildiz in Istanbul with a degree as a naval mechanical engineer. He lives in Istanbul with his wife and three children.


Dr. Elmon Hançer (Member)

Elmon Hançer completed her undergraduate in Department of Archeology and History of Art at Istanbul University in between 1989-1993. In 1996, Hançer completed her master’s degree in Institute of Social Sciences, Archeology and History of Art Department at Istanbul University and she completed her doctorate degree in the same institute, in 2000. Hançer involved in several projects as a consultant of history of art. Besides her membership at KMKD, she is a member of HAYCAR (Association of Armenian Architects and Engineers) and one of the founding member of Sivas Armenians and Friends Association.


Sasnuhi Musliyan (Member)

Born in Istanbul in 1952, she received her education at “Pangalti Lisesi-Mihitaryan”,  “English High School” and the “American College for Girls” respectively. She received her B.A. architectural degree from the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts in 1976.

After graduating as an architect, she further increased her architectural experience as the head of the design team at Izgi-Demirkan-Muslubas Architects until 1982. In 1984, she founded AS IMAR & TIC. LTD. (ASIMAR) with Prof. Ali Muslubas. As a senior partner leading the architectural design team, she provided corporate, institutional and private clients with assistance in analysis and strategic planning, project management, space planning, architectural and interior design, construction administration and execution of works. She has also participated in architectural competitions with the “Asimar” design team. Lately she has been working on revitalization projects at Balat, Galata and Kumkapı districts in Istanbul.

As a founding member of HAYCAR and  KMKD she has participated and worked in various projects with a  group of architects and art historians in Anatolia and is a member of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects since 1977.


Barış Altan (Member)

He studied architecture at ITU and had his MSc. at the same university on restoration. Between 1998-2000 Altan worked at History Foundation on various cultural heritage projects and between 2008-2010 worked as the general director at Cultural Awareness Foundation. Became the founding secretary general of Europa Nostra Turkey after undertaking activity coordinator position for the Europa Nostra annual congress held in Istanbul in June 2010. After executing some surveying projects from 2010 to 2013 acted as the project coordinator of the project titled LIMEN: Cultural Ports from Aegean to the Black Sea from October 2013 to December 2015. Currently working as the administrative coordinator of Koç University Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (GABAM).