İsmail Yavuz Özkaya

Chair

İsmail Yavuz Özkaya

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.

Ayşe Nükhet Everi

Vice Chair

Ayşe Nükhet Everi

Nükhet Everi was born in Istanbul. She graduated from St. George’s Austrian High School in Istanbul and went on to study at the University of Vienna in Austria. Everi lived in Cuba for a while, becoming the first Turkish woman to work in this country.
From 2002 to 2015, she was a member of the Board of Directors of Istanbul Chamber of Tourist Guides (IRO) under the Turkish Union of Tourist Guides (TUREB). She is the founding chairperson of the Mardin Work Committee under TUREB.
In 2013, her guidebook titled “Mardin: Güneş Ülkesi” (Mardin: The Land of the Sun) was published by E Yayınları. In 2014, the book was recognized as a reference book by Harvard and Princeton universities and the Library of Congress in the U.S., as well as McGill University in Canada, and earned her the “SKÅLité Award for Quality in Tourism,” in the “Best Tourism Publication” category.
In 2014, E Yayınları published her novel “Sarayın Dehlizlerinde” (In the Bowels of the Palace). In 2015, she won her second SKÅLité, this time, in the “Travel Guide of the Year” category. In 2017, she received Yeşilköy Rotary Club’s “Outstanding Service Award.”
At the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Theater, she worked with esteemed theater directors Beklan Algan, Josef Szayna, and Eugenio Barba. During this period, she wrote two plays and a script for a feature film, and also interviews that were later published She promoted Turkish cities in radio programs, and held photo exhibitions.
She is one of the founding members of the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (KMKD) and is conducting research and studies on the Syriac Cultural Heritage in Turkey.
Nükhet Everi writes a travel column titled “Sırt Çantam” (My Backpack) for Milliyet’s Saturday supplement. She speaks German, English, Spanish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Byzantine Greek, Greek, and Armenian, and is currently studying Syriac and Arabic at Mardin Artuklu University for her research on Mesopotamia.

Şehrigül Yeşil

Secretary

Şehrigül Yeşil

Şehrigül YEŞİL obtained her M.A. degree from Istanbul University in Classical Archaeology and Ph.D. degree from İstanbul University Department of Restoration and Conservation of Artifacts. Her dissertation is on the Reburial Systems for The Preservation of Mosaics Pavements. She has been working as a lecturer and the head of the department at FMV, Işık University Vocational School Department of Architectural Restoration since 2013. She has become an assistant professor as of 2020. She has experience as a field conservator over fifteen different sites in Turkey. Her research activity is mainly focused on conservation and maintenance programs for sites with mosaics and reburial for preservation of mosaics.

Özcan Geçer

Treasurer

Özcan Geçer

Born in 1976 in Diyarbakır, Özcan Geçer completed his higher education at Istanbul Technical University as a Management Engineer. In his 21 years of active working life in the capital markets, he finally worked as the general manager of a private bank’s investment firm. As one of the founding members of the cultural platform Suryaniler.com, Geçer works in various fields such as documentaries, books, exhibition projects about Syriac and other minority cultures, social memory research and commemoration events. As a member of the executive board of the İstanbul City Council, Geçer continues his professional career as a financial consultant in addition to his consultancy in European Union projects.

Elmon Hançer

Member

Elmon Hançer

After graduating from Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Art History Department in 1993, she completed her MA education in Istanbul University Institute of Social Sciences with the thesis on “Armenian Churches in Galata and Pera” in 1996. She received her PhD degree from Istanbul University Art History Department with the thesis titled “Istanbul School in Armenian Miniature Art” in 2000.

Between 2004-2010, she worked as a lecturer at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was the culture&art consultant and curator of the photo exhibition “The Role of the Balyan Family in Ottoman Architecture” in 2007. Her work on “Kayseri Armenian Cultural Heritage” which was prepared as an output of Kayseri field study conducted by KMKD and Hrant Dink Foundation jointly, was awarded the gold medal and first prize in 2016 by the Armenian Ministry of Urban Planning in the “Yerevan Biennial”.

She has published several articles, book chapters, translations and has presented papers in various national and international symposiums on Armenian art, history and architecture within the context of cultural plurality of Anatolia throughout the ages. In addition to KMKD, she is the founder and board member of the Şirince Archeology Association, the founding member of the Sivas Armenians and Friends Association, and a member of the Armenian Architects and Engineers Association (HAYCAR)

Evangelia Şarlak

Member

Evangelia Şarlak

1962 yılında doğan Prof. Dr. Eva ŞARLAK, İlkokulu Merkez Rum Kız Lisesinde okuduktan sonra Saint Pulcherie Fransız Kız Ortaokuluna devam etmiştir. Lise eğitimini Saint Benoit Fransız Lisesinde tamamlayarak 1981 yılında mezun olmuştur.

Lisans eğitimini İstanbul Üniversitesi, Arkeoloji ve Sanat Tarihi Bölümü Klasik  Arkeoloji Ana Bilim Dalında gerçekleştirmiş ve İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Sanat Tarihi alanında 1996 yılında ‘Ondokuzuncu Yüzyıl İstanbul Rum Ortodoks Kiliseleri ‘ başlıklı yüksek lisans tezini tamamlayarak mezun olmuştur. Lisans eğitimi döneminde Turizm Bakanlığının Profesyonel Turist Rehberliği kurslarına devam etmiş, lisans ve yüksek lisans eğitimi süresince Profesyonel Turizm Rehberi olarak çalışmıştır.

Akademik yaşamına İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Sanat Tarihi bölümünde devam etmiş ve ‘Post-Bizans Döneminde Duvardan Bağımsız İkonalar’ başlıklı doktora çalışmasıyla 2001 yılında doktor ünvanı almıştır. 1996 yılında Feyziye Mektepleri Vakfı Işık Üniversitesinde öğretim görevlisi ve 1998 yılında Yardımçı Doçent ünvanıyla akademik kariyerine başlamıştır. Doçentlik ünvanını 2006 yılında Batı Sanatı ve Çağdaş Sanat Bilim Alanında alarak Işık Üniversitesi İnsan ve Toplum Bilimleri Bölümünün Sanat Kültür ve Toplum programının kuruluş çalışmalarına katılmıştır.

2012 yılında Profesörlük ünvanını alarak halen öğretim üyesi olarak yer aldığı Işık Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Görsel Sanatlar Bölümü kadrosunda akademik görevine devam etmiştir. 2018 – 2021 yılları arasında Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesine Dekan olarak atanan Prof.Dr.Eva Şarlak Tasarım Tarihi Mitoloji ve İkonografi, Tarih Öncesinden Rönesans Dönemine dek Sanat, İstanbul Kent, Kültür ve Mimarlık, Rönesans’tan Modernizm Dönemine Sanat adlı halen vermekte olduğu dersler dışında History of Architecture, History of Art, History of Architecture, History of Civilization. İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsünde Byzantine and European Iconography konulu lisans ve yüksek lisans dersleri vermiştir

Amerikan Birleşik Devletleri Dış İşleri Departmanı tarafından “Cultural Heritage Preservation” Bizans çalışmaları nedeniyle 2004 yılında International Visitors Programına seçilmiş ve ABD’de restorasyon çalışmalarını gözlemlemiştir. Fransa’da Havre Universitesinde Avrupa Birliği tarafından tarafından 2003 yılında gerçekleştirilen “L’Union Européenne: des racines et un heritage culturel commun, facteur de cohésion et de de solidarité” adlı kültür çalışmalarına katılmıştır.

Sanat ve Mimarlık Tarihi alanında uluslararası ve ulusal platformlarda kitap, makale, bildirileri bulunan Prof.Dr.Eva Şarlak’ın hakemli dergi kurullarında hakemlik, kitap danışmanlığı gibi akademik faaliyetleri dışında Kültürel Mirası Koruma çalışmalarına ilişkin birçok projede yer almış ve yer almaya devam etmektedir.

2010 Yılında İstanbul Avrupa Kültür Başkenti döneminde Adalar Müzesi küratoryal ekibinde bulunarak müze kuruluşunda yer almış, Batılılaşan İstanbul’un Rum Mimarları Sergisinde çalışmalarda bulunmuştur.
2014 yılında Kültürel Mirası Koruma Derneğinin kuruluş çalışmalarına başlayarak derneğin 4 yıl süreyle KMKDnin Kurucu Başkanı olarak görev almıştır.

Yunanca, Fransızca ve İngilizce dillerini bilen Prof. Dr. Eva Şarlak evli ve ikiz kız annesidir.

Rubi Asa

Member

Rubi Asa

Rubi Asa was born in Istanbul in 1956. He completed his high school education in Jewish High School in 1974. Between the years 1974/1979, he continued to the Faculty of Architecture of the State Academy of Fine Arts. Later, he studied in Physics Department in the Architectural Faculty of Yıldız Technical University with an exchange year at the Technion University in Israel. He graduated in 1982 with a postgraduate diploma.

He transformed his Architectural Office, which he had carried out as a sole proprietorship from 1985 to 1994, into Habitat Architecture Ltd.Com. In 1987, he married Rozi Levi, who is also an architect. Until 2017, they worked together in many professional fields within the scope of land evaluation and development projects and implementation works.

In addition to architectural and application projects, he especially designed industrial constructions, tourism buildings, historical buildings restoration, and conservation projects, and he also continued professional consultancy and feasibility studies for foreign companies planning to invest in Turkey. Additionally, he carried out projects on lighting, acoustics, and security construction in buildings, which is his specialty.

He worked on the documentation of the historical city of Istanbul within the framework of the project ‘Istanbul Capital of Culture’ in 2010 with the cooperation of Unesco. Thus, he had the opportunity to combine photography with his profession.

He has received many awards in various photography contests. He continues writing art and classical music criticism articles for various magazines and publications.

He has been serving as a Board of Directors member and taking charge of various duties in various non-governmental organizations and professional institutions.

Classical music, painting, literature and tennis are his hobbies.
He has two daughters named Ruti and Suzi who were born in 1989 and 1993.