Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Faculty of Architecture recently held a seminar by Architect Ken Marquardt. Meanwhile, another event featuring Prof. Dr. Reha Günay and Cafer Bozkurt (speakers from Turkey) also took place at Nicosia Bedesten in collaboration with the Chamber of Architects as part of the World Cultural Heritage Day.
Participants from all over the world are invited to the seminars hosted by EMU Faculty of Architecture. Marquardt is an American architect living in Italy. He has been carrying out work in Genoa regarding the protection, restoration and enriching of stone architecture.
The seminar was attended by a large number of architecture students, research assistants and academic personnel. The seminar focused on Marquardt’s restoration work in Genoa and his work under the institution named after the city.
In the seminar, Marquardt provided information about the majority of his work and projects. Marquardt, who fell in love with Genoa’s configuration and architecture during a visit with his wife in 1993, soon bought a house, renovated it and started living there. In time, he bought the ruins around his house renovating them for his close friends and family who he also included in the renovations.
15 years later, Marquardt’s work has gained international recognition. Marquardt states “This was a very encouraging struggle that is still continuing”. As years passed, 2002 Pritzker Prize winner Australian architect Glenn Murcutt and world-famous Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron also joined the work.
After his closing speech, EMU Faculty of Architecture Dean Prof. Dr. Özgür Dinçyürek handed Ken Marquardt a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative poster of the event whilst Marquardt indicated that he is very happy to be at EMU.