A Research Unit named as U-HERA; Unit for Housing Education, Research and Advisory has been established under the umbrella of TASAR (Design & Research Center) in the Faculty of Architecture, in March 2006. Executive Body as an initiative group and the staff Members of the Unit in the first establishment of the process of U-HERA. In 2008 HERA research unit has changed its structure and its name. U-HERA became a Center of Housing Research Activities under the Faculty of Architecture in EMU; and named as HERA-C or HERA Center.
Aim of the Center
EMU Faculty of Architecture, Housing, Education, Counselling and Research Center (HERA –C), addresses multi-dimensional housing cases. At the national level of existing knowledge our university intends to transmit on the subject of housing in both public sector and the private sector as well as provision of common use by both sectors in development co-operation and application area. In this context, the aims of the centre are to provide realization of unity between research, design, implementation and consultation.
EMU Faculty of Architecture, Housing, Education, Counselling and Research Centre’s field are physical, socio-economic, technological, cultural, and legal as well as covers all scientific dimensions of housing cases.
The study subjects of the centre are as follows:
1. Education and Research intersection: Organize conferences, courses, congress and similar meetings for both public and private professional sector leaders and young researchers who are working in the field of housing.
2.The scope of the research-publication: To encourage the publication of research on housing and convert the broadcast; newsletters, books, magazines publish, as well as organize national and international exhibitions;
3. Application-level Advisory: With the working capital assistance of the faculty of architecture, they provide advisory and/or practical services.
4. Institutional Cooperation Platform: work with the national and international research institutes who is researching in the field of housing as well as engaged in joint research projects with universities, short or long-term joint activities – conferences, edit symposia and to provide a common design-research-practice consultation.
Dr. Kağan Günçe (Director)
Dr. Kağan Günçe was born in Nicosia in 1973. He is currently an Associate Professor of Interior Architecture at Eastern Mediterranean University. He has a Bachelor degree in Architectural Program, a Master (of Science) degree in Architecture Program and Ph.D. in Architectural Theory from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Department of Architecture. His research areas are ‘architectural theory’, ‘architectural design’, ‘environmental psychology’, ‘spatial quality’, ‘housing’, ‘residential issues’, ‘architectural heritage’, ‘adaptive re-use’, ‘social and cultural issues’. He has been teaching basically design studios that are focuses on ‘human psychology and environment’, ‘adaptive re-use’, ‘residential issues’ and ‘graduation design projects’. Beside to these studios, ‘human and social factors’, ‘furniture design’, ‘design research’ , ‘spatial quality in interior’ courses and graduate courses on ‘architectural theory’ and ‘human beings and environment’ has been teaching as well. He has publications at both national and international levels, on human and social factors in environment, cultural sustainability, traditional settlements, architectural heritage and adaptive re-use. He had been vice chair of interior department (EMU) in between October 2010 to May 2012. He is the vice chair of HERA-C (Housing Education, Research & Advisory Centre of Faculty of Architecture, EMU) and a member of ENHR European Network for Housing Research, Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.
Dr. Ceren Boğaç (Board Member)
Dr. Ceren Boğaç was born in Famagusta on 1979. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Eastern Mediterranean University and vice chair of the Architecture programme. She has a Master (of Science) in Architecture Program and Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Department of Architecture. Her specific areas of expertise are architectural psychology, environmental meaning, environmental design, socio-architecture and place attachment studies. She has given lectures related to the interplay between human beings and environment for more than 10 years. She has publications in environmental meaning and place attachment studies both at national and international levels. Between 2010-2011, she got scholarship from the European Commission and completed 1.5 years research about ‘Intercultural dialogue and active learning in design studio’ at Academy of Art Design and Architecture in Prague/ Czech Republic. She has involved in many civil society projects based on ‘human rights’ which were funded by European Union. Between 2008-2010 she worked as project coordinator of one of those projects that took place in London & Brighton & Manchester /UK, Brussels / Belgium and Malta / Malta. Currently, she is working as one of the core members of another internationally known bicommunical project called ‘The Famagusta Ecocity Project’. Besides her academic works, she has many awarded and published short stories in Turkish. She is a board member of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism INTBAU Cyprus Chapter, ‘EMU Urban Research and Development Center’ and Housing Education, Research & Advisory Center of Faculty of Architecture EMU and a member of ENHR European Network for Housing Research, Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.
Dr. Nazife Özay (Board Member)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Nazife Özay, graduated from Eastern Mediterranean University, Department of Architecture (Gazimagusa, North Cyprus) in 1996. She completed a master program in the same field in EMU. She completed her PhD in Theory of Architecture in 2005, at the same Department and the University. Currently, she is assistant professor at Department of Architecture. Her research areas are ‘Architectural Design’, ‘History and Theory of Architecture’, ‘Modern Architecture’, ‘Interior Design’, ‘Cultural Studies’ and ‘Housing Studies’. She has been teaching mainly Design Studio, Introduction to Design, Architecture and Design Theories and graduate courses on Theory of Architecture. She has research projects and publications at both national and international levels realted with History and Theory of Architecture, Modern Architecture, Interior Design, Cultural Studies and Housing Studies. She is a board member of HERA-C (Housing Education, Research & Advisory Center of Faculty of Architecture, EMU and a member of ENHR European Network for Housing Research, Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.
Dr. Harun Sevinç (Board Member)
Dr. Ing. Harun Sevinç was born in Bardenberg/Germany in 1967. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Rector’s Coordinator at Eastern Mediterranean University. He has Diploma degree from Technical University of Berlin in Architecture and a Ph.D. in future planning and design solutions for Tourism Developing Areas and Tourismbuildings from RWTH Aachen (University of Technology Aachen) / Germany, Faculty of Architecture. His research areas are Solar Settlement / Solar Housing, Ecological Issues in Architecture, Cimate-Protection Settlement / Cimate-Protection Housing and Energy Efficient Planning and Design. He has been mainly teaching architectural design studio (second year). Besides the design studio, he is teaching ecological issues in architecture, life safety courses and graduate course on solar architecture since 2008. He has publications at international levels on sustainable tourism planning and design. He was practicing architect in different German architectural offices for instance Savidis (Berlin), Ripphausen (Baesweiler), Prof. Döhmen (Mönchengladbach), Minkus & Wolff (Köln) and Noelle & Saeftel (Köln) in planning and design of residential buildings, social housing, kindergarden, office building and hospitals. He was Acting Head of Department of Interior Architecture in European University of Lefke (2007-2008). He is member of the Chamber of German Architects of Nordrhein-Westfalen (Land of the Federal Republic of Germany) – Architektenkammer NRW. He is a board member of HERA-C (Housing Education, Research & Advisory Center of Faculty of Architecture, EMU and a member of ENHR European Network for Housing Research, Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.
Dr. Özlem Olgaç Türker (Board Member)
Dr. Özlem Olgaç Türker was born in Nicosia in 1973. She is currently an Associate Professor of Interior Architecture at Eastern Mediterranean University and Vice chair of Faculty of Architecture. She has B.Arch degree from Istanbul Technical University and Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Close Environmental Design from Hacettepe University and a Ph.D. in Conservation of Vernacular Housing from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Department of Architecture. Her research areas are ‘conservation’, ‘adaptive re-use’, ’vernacular settlements’, ‘cultural sustainability’, ‘cultural tourism’, ’rural planning’, ‘residential flexibility’, ‘residential furniture , ‘residential technology’, ‘interdisciplinary design education’. She has been teaching mainly adaptive re-use studio, residential interior design studio, and graduation design studio, besides measured drawing, wet space design courses and graduate courses on conservation since 2002. She has publications at both national and international levels, on cultural sustainability, traditional settlements, vernacular housing, sustainable tourism, and design education. She was a practicing architect in Üçgen Yapı, Ankara and she was one of the founding members of Atelier-M, an architectural and interior design office, before becoming full-time staff in EMU. She is one of the founding members, and board member of EMU – DAKMAR (Eastern Mediterranean Cultural Heritage Research Center). Currently, as a conservation expert, she provides local supervision to four UNDP – PFF supported conservation and appraisal projects in North Cyprus. She is a board member of HERA-C (Housing Education, Research & Advisory Center of Faculty of Architecture, EMU and a member of ENHR European Network for Housing Research, Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.