20–21 April 2015 | Zorlu Center | Istanbul

The Speakers: Experts from Different Disciplines

Dr. Ken Yeang – PRINCIPAL, HAMZAH & YEANG: Malaysia

Dr. Ken Yeang

Dr. Ken Yeang is an architect, ecologist and planner, known for his authentic ecology-based work on the theory and signature ecoachitecture and ecomasterplanning, that have a distinctive hirsute verdant green aesthetic. He graduated from the AA School (London) and received his doctorate in ecological design and planning from Cambridge University (UK). He is principal of Ken Yeang Design International and Hamzah & Yeang, with offices in Malaysia, UK and China. The firm's expertise is in signature, innovative green architecture and masterplans that go beyond conventional accreditation systems. He is recipient of the Malaysian Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the Malaysian Government's Merdeka Award. The British newspaper, The Guardian refers to him as, "one of the 50 people who could save the planet".

Interview with Dr. Ken Yeang, Malaysian Architect


Emre Arolat – FOUNDER of Emre Arolat Architects (EAA): Turkey, United Kingdom

Emre Arolat

Emre Arolat founded Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) with Gonca Paşolar in 2004. They continue their practice with a professional architectural staff with offices in Istanbul and London. His projects with EAA have won many national and international awards, including the 2005 Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture,in 2006 the AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, in 2010 the Cityscape Dubai Awards, in 2011 the Green Good Design Awards and the WAF (World Architecture Festival) Awards: in 2012 for Future Projects-Education Category with AGU City Campus and in 2013 the Completed Buildings-Religion Buildings Category with the Sancaklar Mosque. He also received the National Architecture Awards, in the category of "Design" and "Building" and won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010 with the Ipekyol Textile Factory Building. In 2012, Arolat was one of the two curators of the I. İstanbul Design Biennial.



Jaron Lubin

Jaron Lubin joined Safdie Architects in 2004, and was named Principal in 2012. Mr. Lubin is central to many of the firm's recent speculative proposals and realized projects, seeing a variety of geographic contexts, multiple scales of work and diverse building and urban programs. His recent assignments include proposals for the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, a new Chinese opera house in Hong Kong, and a competition entry for the National Library of Israel. He was part of the competition-winning design team for the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and is currently involved with many of the firm's Singapore projects including the residential high rise tower Sky Habitat and Project Jewel, a new mixed-use complex at Singapore's Changi Airport.


Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl – DIRECTOR, RAMBOLL LIVEABLE CITIES LAB: Germany/Denmark

Herbert Dreiseitl

Herbert Dreiseitl is an urban designer, landscape architect and an expert in creating Liveable Cities. A trademark of his work is the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics, encouraging people to take care and ownership for places. As the founder of Atelier Dreiseitl, Herbert has realized groundbreaking contemporary works in urban design, public health, urban hydrology, art in the public domain, biodiversity, stormwater management, climate-adaptation, planning and landscape architecture. Within the new Liveable Cities Lab, Herbert explores the potentials and conditions for Liveable Cities of the future.


Laura Gatti – STUDIO LAURA GATTI: Italy

Laura Gatti

Laura Gatti is an agronomist and landscape designer of large scale development projects in Italy and China. She is the co-designer of the "Bosco Verticale" by Stefano Boeri and she's following up the progress phase. She's founder and has served as first president of the Italian Society of Arboriculture, a non-profit organization that brings together the tree care professionals. She has been president and Italian representative of the International Society of Arboriculture, the largest world association that promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. Since 2005 she's Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Milan, teaching "Parks and Gardens", "Nursery Production, Installation and Management of Green Areas".


Roland Appl – PRESIDENT IGRA: Germany

Roland Appl

Roland Appl, Building Physics Engineer (FH), has been the technical director of a leading Green Roof manufacturer for more than 25 years. He is an author and member of the national working group for Green Roof Guidelines at the Landscape Development and Landscaping Research Society (FLL) and of the DIN committee "Geoplastics and Geotextiles". He has been president of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) since 2008 and a speaker at many national and international congresses on the subjects of green roofing and roof use (e.g. World Green Roof Congress in Basel and London, Green Roof for Healthy Cities congresses in Boston, Toronto, Minneapolis and Baltimore, International Green Roof Congress in Nuertingen, Skyrise Greenery Conference in Singapore).


Jean-Noël Fourel – CEO of Onduline Group, France

Jean-Noël Fourel

Jean-Noël Fourel is the CEO of Onduline Group. He started his career with the automotive division of Motorola as Marketing Director for Europe and Commercial Director for South Europe. In 1992, he was appointed by the Legrand group as its chief marketing officer. Eight years after, he entered the Somfy group, of which he became chief operating officer. Jean-Noël Fourel has been working for the Onduline group since 2007. He is an engineer from the École Catholique des Arts et Métiers (Lyon, France), and holder of an MBA from HEC-Paris.


Mesut Pektaş – Chief Executive Officer of Zorlu Property Group: Turkey

Mesut Pektaş

Mesut Pektaş holds B.Sc. in Department of Economics & Statistics from Middle East Technical University and M.A. in Money, Banking & Finance from Northeastern University. Within his career he worked in various positions e.g. Board of Inspectors of Turkish Ministry of Finance, Executive Vice President of Petrol Ofisi A.Ş., Chief Financial Officer of Med Union Containers A.Ş., Project & Marketing Manager of Albaraka A.Ş., Deputy Secretary General in charge of Financial Affairs at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and CEO of Disaster Management Center of Municipality. Mesut Pektaş has joined Zorlu Group in June 2009 as Chief Executive Officer of Zorlu Property Group.


Dr. Ayşegül İbici Oruçkaptan – PRESIDENT, UCTEA Chamber of Turkish Landscape Architects, Turkey

Dr. Ayşegül İbici Oruçkaptan

Dr. Ayşegül İbici Oruçkaptan has served as a Board Member and as General Secretary of the "UCTEA Chamber of Turkish Landscape Architects" in 2002, and as President between 2004-2010, Board Member of "Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers And Architects" between 2010-2012, and as Treasurer between 2012-2014. She has been serving as President of "UCTEA Chamber of Turkish Landscape Architects" since April 2014. She has delivered lectures as short term part-time lecturer at the "METU Faculty of Architecture" and "Bilkent University Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture". She has been working in the "Çankaya Municipality Department of Technical Services" since 1985, where she has served as director of the "Construction Department" between 2010–2013. Also, she has served as a jury member and consultant in several competitions.


Dr. Deniz Aslan – Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture: Turkey

Deniz Aslan

Deniz Aslan is an architect and founder of DS Architecture in Istanbul, Turkey. He worked on a project that won the National Architecture Award in 2002, and has since earned further recognitions. Active in architecture competitions and educational workshops, he played an important role on establishing the Landscape Department in Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Faculty of Architecture.


Barış Işık – Landscape Architect: Turkey

Barış Işık

Barış Işık was the founder partner of Isik Landscape Architecture and Design Co. which was established in 1998. He served as the president of the Chamber of Landscape Architects Istanbul Branch between 2010 -2013. He is member of the Ornamental Plants Growers Association Board. Currently he is the General Manager of Isik Landscape Architecture and Design Co. In his presentation he will present detailed information about all the factors which are important for the plant selection of Green Roofs.


Jamil Corbani – FOUNDER of GreenStudios, Lebanon

Jamil Corbani

In 1998, Jamil started his career in the field of agriculture technology in Beirut, during which he collaborated with the UN on several environmental projects for the markets of Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. In 2009, he co-founded Green Studios with Zeina Kronfol, Oliver Wehbe and Marc Abi Haila. Green Studios designs, produces, and maintains hydroponic Green Walls and Roof Gardens adapted for hot weather. In 2011, Green Studios was the winner of the MIT Enterprise Forum Competition of the pan-Arab region for its innovation in the field of Green Walls and Roof Gardens. It was also named the Lebanon Best Business of the Year in 2012 and selected as Endeavor High Impact Entrepreneur in 2014. Today, Green Studios has opened a sister company in Egypt and has new projects scattered all across the region.


Nesrin Karaoglu – GENERAL MANAGER of Karaoglu Peyzaj, Turkey

Nesrin Karaoglu

Nesrin Karaoglu Otuzoglu is a landscape architect and the General Manager of Karaoglu Peyzaj. She founded the landscape contractor company in 1994. Her passion to create habitable and livable spaces and surroundings, was her inspiration for starting this company. Karaoğlu Peyzaj, which is a member of ELCA and UCTEA CHAMBER OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, completed successful Green Roofs projects like the Zorlu Center, the Piri Reis University and the Kanyon Shopping Mall and Residences.


Tim Flynn – FOUNDER of Tim Flynn Architects: United Kingdom

Udo Flynn

Tim Flynn is an architect and founder of Tim Flynn Architects, designers of the recently opened United World College in Dilijan, Armenia. He has over 30 years of experience in designing and planning international projects ranging from high-end private residential to corporate, retail and industrial. His firm has offices in London, Moscow and Yerevan.



Udo Dagenbach – CEO of Glasser and Dagenbach Landscape Architects: Germany

Udo Dagenbach

Udo Dagenbach has over 25 years of experience in the field of landscape architecture and construction. His international experience brings him to projects in Germany, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Italy. Much of his work centers around parks, hotels and wellness centers, but he also works with sculpture and art installations.




Durmuş Dilekci

DİLEKCİ Architects (DDA) is an Istanbul based architectural practice founded by architect Durmus Dilekci. Amongst its completed award-winning projects are Buyaka mixed-use project, steel structured Hilton Doubltree Avcilar hotel and Mi'Costa hotel and residences – one of the nominated projects from Turkey for European Union Prize (Mies Van Der Rohe 2015). In 2003 Durmuş Dilekci co-founded Uras x Dilekci Architects (UXD) together with Emir Uras .DDA was formed in 2014 upon UXD's vast experience to enhance it even further. Having lectured extensively on architecture in Turkey, Durmuş Dilekci has also been teaching architecture intermittently as a visitor professor in practise of architecture at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul Technical University since 2003. Durmus Dilekci and his colleagues at DDA work on projects with diverse function for both public and private sector having a wealth of knowledge and perspectives on urban and architectural problems. They are also enthusiastic about the collaborating with international design offices on projects in the sense of sharing knowledge and experience. Durmus Dilekci was nominated for and received several awards for excellence in architecture.



Omer Selçuk Baz

After receiving his Bachelor Degree in Architecture in 2002 from Bursa Uludağ University, Omer Selçuk Baz started working on his Masters Degree at Vienna Technical University. He received many prizes at various national and international competitions during his studies. While studying at Vienna Technical University, he also worked at Atelier Stelzhammer on various architectural projects, especially with housing and shopping malls. In 2005, he won the first prize in a national competition in Turkey for the Bursa Branch Office of the Turkish Central Bank with E. Didem Durakbaşa. After founding Denge Mimarlık Hizmetleri, he has worked on various designs for national and international projects and competitions. He won first prize in the Roland Rainer Housing Schemes competition in 2007. He took part at various design classes as juror at Uludag University and Trakya University. He has been working for Yalın Mimarlık which was founded with the urban planner Okan Bal since 2011. Omer Selcuk Baz and his team in Yalin Architectural Design won first prize in the National Architectural Design Competition for the Museum of Troy, located in one of the most famous archeological sites in the world and listed as a UNESCO World heritage site.


Dr. Heleen Mees – RESEARCHER: The Netherlands

Heleen Mees

Heleen Mees received her doctorate degree in October of 2014 and now focuses her research on sustainability issues, specifically local governance policy for urban climate change adaptation. Her current research is about community based bottom-up initiatives in (urban) climate change adaptation: how they emerge, how they perform, and how they could be upscaled to induce a societal transformation for climate change adaptation.



Wolfgang Ansel – DIRECTOR IGRA: Germany

Wolfgang Ansel

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). IGRA's targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology. Wolfgang is coauthor of different Green Roof books and was a speaker at several Green Roof conferences. One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies on an international level. Together with the City of Portland (Environmental Services) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) IGRA has created a platform to facilitate the application of Green Roofs Policies, the "International Green Roof City Network".


Mehmet İhsan Şimşek – Head of department, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Parks Gardens and Green Areas: Turkey

Mehmet İhsan Şimşek

Mehmet İhsan ŞİMŞEK was born in 1969 in İstanbul – Beyoğlu. He received his graduate degree from İstanbul University, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forest Product Engineering and his master degree from Yıldız Technical University. He made his Executive (MBA) degree in 2006. Şimşek worked as a Press Consultant, Protocol Manager and Environmental Control Manager at Beyoğlu Municipality between 1994–2004. He was appointed to the Parks Gardens Manager of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 2004 and became the head of the Department of Parks, Gardens and Green Areas in 2012. During his tenure in office, Istanbul has gained 447 new parks and a total of 21 million square meters of new green spaces. With the return of the Tulip to its homeland in Turkey, there have been about 10 million tulips planted each year. Şimşek is on the board of the Istanbul Tulip Foundation, which was established for transmitting culture to future generations, and for supporting scientific studies and artistic works about tulips.


Dr. Hanna Bornholdt – CITY OF HAMBURG: Germany

Dr. Hanna Bornholdt

Dr. Hanna Bornholdt works as a landscape architect for overall urban open space development in the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment, Office of Land and Landscape Planning of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany. This position includes doing technical support for landscape architecture / urban planning projects, which puts her in the position of Project Manager of the Hamburg Green Roof strategy. In order to create more Green Roofs for new buildings and for refurbishments, Hamburg will begin a support program for Green Roofs in the amount of 3 million Euros in 2015, lasting for 5 years.


Caroline Haas – Direction of Green Spaces and Environment, City of Paris: France

Caroline Haas

Caroline Haas has been working for the green spaces and environment direction for six years. In 2011 she was appointed to the Head of the department of science and vegetation technology. This department includes the Paris municipal botanical garden, l'Ecole du Breuil (horticultural and landscape design school), a division for scientific vegetation and soil studies, a division of plants production and a division devoted to floral art for municipal events. Caroline has developed the green roof topic for the municipality for 6 years and she is now in charge of the new municipal greening building program. The target of the municipality is to reach 1,000,000 square meters of green roofs and walls on the Parisian territory in 2020. This program includes one third of urban agriculture.


Dr. Mert Eksi – RESEARCHER: Istanbul University: Turkey

Dr. Mert Eksi

Dr. Eksi´s general research interest is in Green Roofs and sustainable landscape practices. He has founded the Green Roof Research Project (IUGRS) at the Istanbul University Faculty of Forestry Dept. of Landscape Architecture in 2010. His research is focused on stormwater management, plant evaluations, growing media characteristics and the energy balance of Green Roofs in Istanbul's climatic conditions. He was a visiting scholar of the Green Roof Research Program at the Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Brad Rowe. Dr. Eksi has published several scientific articles in Turkish and English and has delivered guest lectures related to Green Roofs.


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dickhaut – HafenCity University Hamburg: Germany

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dickhaut

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Dickhaut is civil engineer and environmental planner with a focus on water resource management. He is the head of the department of "Environmentally Sound Urban and Infrastructure Planning" at the HafenCity University (HCU) Hamburg. His department's research deals with topics like "water sensitive urban design", "flood management and ecological quality of rivers", "Green Roofs and stormwater retention" and "climate adaptation of urban areas". As Dean of the master programme "Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning" (REAP), he is responsible for an international and interdisciplinary programme at HafenCity University Hamburg that is concerned with sustainable planning on different scales.


Dr. Serdar Celik – RESEARCHER: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE): USA

Dr. Serdar Celik

Dr. Serdar Celik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). His research areas include alternative cooling technologies, renewable energy, and green buildings. Celik has over 20 journal and conference papers, and technical reports. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award of his department in 2008, 2010, and in 2012. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He is the founder for the ASHRAE Student Chapter at SIUE. Celik is also a member of the Green Roof Environmental Evaluation Network (G.R.E.E.N.) at SIUE, where he focuses on the energy savings of green buildings during heating and air-conditioning seasons and the enhancement of green roof insulation properties. Other projects of Celik include solar panel cooling, self-adjusting photovoltaic panel systems and solar roofs with thin-film solar shingles.



Ralf Walker

Ralf Walker is a horticultural engineer with an in-depth knowledge of plants and soil sciences. He joined ZinCo in 2001. The work within the technical department allowed him to get a great understanding of all different kinds of situations and solutions one might come across when planning Green Roofs, as well as walk-and driveways on roofs. The support of the ZinCo partners and companies worldwide, in all different kinds of climates, allows a good linkage to the research and development that Ralf Walker undertakes. As Head of R&D he leads the ZinCo-owned R&D workshop which includes e.g. rain-simulation, substrate analysis, growing chambers and mechanical equipment to measure, for example, shear forces on sloped roofs. Apart from that he is currently involved in more than 10 external R&D-projects, mainly in cooperation with universities – see www.zinco-greenroof.com/EN/company/research.php.



Melih Kamil

The architect Melih Kamil was born in 1948 in İstanbul. He received his graduate degree (MSc. Architect) from Technical University of Istanbul in 1972 and worked at the University as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture from 1973-1981. After gaining experiences as architectural project manager for more than 30 years, he now brings his extensive knowledge of roof technology as R&D Consultant to Onduline Group-OFITECH.




Maria Kokkinou

Maria Kokkinou earned a degree in Architecture with a diploma in Architectural Engineering at The National Technical University of Athens in 1979. Afterwards, she completed a Master of Science at U.C.L School of Architecture in London between 1980 and 1981. Her postgraduate studies were at the Advanced Architectural Studies Department at Bartlett School of Architecture, U.C.L. Since 1987 she has conducted an architectural practice with A. Kourkoulas in Athens. She has won awards in domestic and international competitions.



Helli Pangallou

Helli Pangalou studied Graphic Design and Landscape Architecture (Master of Landscape Architecture MLA, University of Edinburgh, 1996). She worked as a landscape architect in Edinburgh and Athens. She has given lectures in Greek and European academic institutions and she has participated in international conferences. She has edited books on landscape, and published articles in several magazines. She is a member of the British Landscape Institute Royal Charter. She founded elandscape-H. Pangalou & Associates. Their interest focuses on viable landscape processes connected to cultural and experiential effects. Their portfolio includes private and public projects, ranging from large scale master planning to residential projects. They have participated in international architectural competitions and gained awards and citations.


Berkay Somalı – CONSULTANT, Altensis Green Buildings and Sustainability: Turkey

Berkay Somalı

Berkay Somalı joined Altensis as one of the founders of the company and since then he continues to work in Turkey's most prestigious projects as a sustainability and energy efficiency consultant. He is a LEED accredited professional and a BREEAM assessor and has experience in over 50 green building projects. Following his graduation from Boğaziçi University Civil Engineering department, he got his master's degree in Construction Engineering and Project Management from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in project management of environmentally friendly buildings at Turner Construction in Texas. After leaving Turner, he has worked at Meridian Energy Systems, as the operations manager, responsible for photovoltaic system design and implementation.


Zerrin Bucakli – Landscape Manager, Zorlu Center Istanbul: Turkey

Zerrin Bucakli

Zerrin Bucaklı is a landscape architect graduating from Istanbul University. She received her postgraduate degree from the Landscape Planning Department of Yıldız Technical University. She had taken her place in the preparation team of Habitat Conference in 1996, along with Prof. Dr. Semra ATABAY. She has been working on the landscape application projects for 19 years focusing on the design and application processes. She had taken active roles in the installation and controlling processes of the Quality Management Systems and Total Quality Management operations in the companies she worked before. She has been working for Zorlu Real Estate Group operating on the landscape projects of the group since 2007.


Julian Zeidler – GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTER (DLR): Germany

Julian Zeidler

Green Roofs can help to adapt cities for climate change, through the provision of cooler microclimates and reduced stormwater run-off. In order to evaluate these positive effects in a quantitative way, information about the already existing Green Roofs and potential Green Roof sites is needed. In a current research project the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Roof Gardener Association (DDV) and different German partner cities are developing a methodology with which already existing Green Roofs and potential roof areas can be identified and inventoried from a "birdseye view". High-definition aerial photos and digital real estate registers provide information on the size of the spaces. This data can make a valuable contribution to the spread of Green Roofs in Germany and abroad. The project is funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU).


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