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Elias Messinas
Founding Chairman [read more]
Elias is an architect and a consultant in green buildings and environmental issues. He is a graduate of Athens College, Yale School of Architecture, Bezalel Academy, Technion Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. graduate in Urban Planning from the National Technical University of Athens. Elias attended the M.Sc. in Environment and Development at he National Technical University of Athens, and is a Fellow of the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship for Community Leadership. Elias
is active on issues in environment and ecological building since 1995. Elias coordinates ECOWEEK activity since 2005. Read interview here

Yvette Nahmia Founder, Board Member [read more]
Yvette is a therapist and teacher of Reiki and therapist of the Grinberg method. Yvette is a graduate of Athens College, a Psychology graduate of the Deree College of Greece, and has a Master in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yvette is the assistant to the Vice-President of the International Relations and Development at the Israel Museum, and a Managing Editor and Senior Writer of the magazine of Yad Vashem Holocaust Authority in Jerusalem, and administrative assistant at the Jewish Museum of Greece. Yvette coordinates a number of programs aiming to empower women, such as "Midwives of Peace" between Israeli and Arab women, and "Women, Healing, Coexistence" between Israeli and Palestinian women.


ECOWEEK BOARD OF ADVISORS

> Advisory Board of ECOWEEK since 2010:







From left to right, top row:
Vasilis Maroulas, Senior Consultant Engineer (ARUP, UK)
Shai Zakai
, Eco-artist, photographer, curator (Forum for Ecological Art & Eco-art Center, Israel)
Dan Price
, Architect (Dan Price Architect & Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Braha Kunda
, Architect (Head of the Interior Design Dept. Holon Institute of Technology, Israel)
Prof. Isaac Meir, Architect (Desert Architecture Unit, Ben Gurion University, Israel)
Dan Berkove (Pivot Industries, US & Israel)
Vassilios Bartzokas (DesignLobby, Germany & China)







From left to right, middle row:
Sara Grahn
, Architect (WHITE Architects, Sweden)
Daniel Wicke, Architect (RURAL STUDIO, USA)
Emilia Costa, Architect (Politechnico di Milano, Italy)
Thomas Doxiadis, Architect and Landscape Architect (doxiadis+, Greece)
Styliane Philippou, Architect and Architectural Historian (France)







From left to right, bottom row:
Julie Bargmann, Landscape Designer (D.I.R.T. Studio, VA) Chair of the Board
Nataly Gattegno, Architect (Future Cities Lab & University of Michigan, USA)
Marina Topouzi, Architect and Environmental Consultant (UK)
Petros Babasikas, Architect and Architecture at Patras University (Drifting City, Greece)
Constantine Vakiris, Architect and visiting critic at UK universities (Greece)
Vassilis (Basil) Zotos, Architect and Town Planner (BGS, Greece)







ADVISORY BOARD to the program YOUNG ARCHITECTS FORUM by ECOWEEK [read more]:
Ken Yeang, Architect (T. R. Hamzah & Yeang, Malaysia and Llewelyn Davies Yeang, UK), Chairman of the Board
Julie Bargmann, Landscape Designer (D.I.R.T. Studio, VA)
Alexandros Tombazis, FAIA Architect (Meletitiki – A. Tombazis, Greece)
Nataly Gattegno, Architect (Future Cities Lab & University of Michigan, USA)
Kostas Tsipiras, Ecological Engineer (K. & Th. Tsipiras Architects, Greece)
Jacques Allard, Director (ArchiWorld, Belgium)
Ruth Lahav, Architect (R.Lahav - D. Eitan Architects, Israel)

ECOWEEK ASSOCIATES
[Albania] [Australia] [Bulgaria] [China] [Cyprus] [Denmark] [Germany] [Greece] [India] [Israel] [Italy] [Kosovo] [Netherlands] [Pakistan] [Palestine] [Poland] [Romania] [Serbia] [Slovenia] [Turkey] [UK] [Other countries]

ALBANIA
Romina Sahiti is an architect graduate of the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, with a Masters degree in Urban Planning. She has worked in several architectural and design studios in Tirana. She has participated in several workshops and projects, among them CHWB (Cultural Heritage Without Borders), Project Orikos 2012 (The research project of Natural Park and the Archeological Orikum in Albania - in collaboration with Haute Ecole du paysage, d'Ingenierie et d'Architecture de Geneve), Regulatory Urban Plan of Tirana (in cooperation with Municipality of Tirana for the design and development of the City Plan). Romina is the co-organizer of ECOWEEK in Albania.

Argjire Krasniqi is an architect graduate of the University of Prishtina, Department of Architecture, Chair of Urbanism and Spatial Planning. She has attended a master semester in Austria at Vienna University of Technology, Department of Spatial Development, Infrastructure & Environmental Planning with a scholarship. She has worked in several architectural and design studios in Kosovo and the US. She was the organizer of the project "The Image of my City" in several cities in Kosovo on global warming. Argjira is currently working with the achitectural studio Politbyro-Pharc. Argjire is the principle initiator and organizer of ECOWEEK in Kosovo and supports the ECOWEEK activity in Albania.

AUSTRALIA

Cairns Regional Council The Cairns Regional Council local government area encompasses 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea. Cairns city is the principal centre of the region and is centrally located along the coastal strip with sub-regions to the north and south consisting predominantly good quality agricultural land and areas of high ecological significance. The Cairns Regional Council is committed to engaging the community across a range of policy, programs, works and service issues, to work together, focusing on solutions and making a difference. The organizing team of ECOweek festival includes: Dan Walton, Sara Palmer, and Daniel Handley, Office of Sustainability Planning & Environment.

BULGARIA
Petya Dimitrova Necheva has a Master degree in Architecture from the Department of Interior and Design at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria, with three months internship program in Fimera Design studio,Sofia, and Master degree "Designer expert in emerging technologies" at the National Institute of Architecture IN/ARCH, Rome, Italy. She has participated in numerous workshops including ECOWEEK in Rome. Petya supported ECOWEEK activity in Bulgaria.
CHINA
Vassilios Bartzokas is one of the most influential people in Greece in the Design and Architecture Industry. Vassilios is the former CEO of CARTECO Design Centre, a company awarded under his management as one of the 10 best companies in Europe for the Customer Focus Award at the European Business Awards, together with companies such as DELL, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM, AIR BERLIN and others. He is the Founder and Creative Director of the free 24/7 access,innovative materials library for architects and designers called THE ARCHIVE (www.thearchive.gr) operating 24/7 located in Thessaloniki. He is also responsible for a large number of creative projects, such as: Green Design Festival, Athens Architecture Workshop, Invisible Hotel Exhibition, ESW [eso] Annual Conferences for Interior Design, ARCHISEARCH.gr e-magazine for Architecture and Design, and others. Vassilios is an adviser of ECOWEEK and the principle initiator and organizing partner of ECOWEEK in Germany and China.
Jelena Lucic holds a Master of Environmental Studies and BA of International Business and has been living in Serbia, Cyprus, Iraq and China. Jelena is the founder of NGO ECOIST based in Belgrade, Serbia, with the mission to improve urban sustainability. ECOIST initiated and sucessfully organised the first ECOWEEK in Belgrade, the first International GreenBuild Conference, student workshops, exhibition and a number of innovative programs. Jelena has held the position of Business Development Manager for a Cyprus-based international company in the cable and wire industry with operations in Europe and the former USSR countries. Jelena is a speaker, lecturer, editor and a guest author for number of blogs and magazines. Jelena is an Associate and principle organizer of ECOWEEK in Serbia and China.
Nikola Dimitrijevic Pedagogy graduate from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade he is an active member of ECOIST in Serbia and an Associate of ECOWEEK in Serbia. Author of short stories published on blogs, websites and papers, as well as Editor-in-Chief for different publications, Nikola has worked as a Sales Manager with a variety of different products and industries. He is a Member of Steering Committee of extreme sports club "Pustolov" where he has organized various team building trainings, workshops, events, and outdoor activity. Nikola is an Associate and organizer of ECOWEEK in China.
CYPRUS
MKC City College in Larnaka, Cyprus is an academic institution with a 30-year history of academic excellence and a rich array of time-honored traditions. The MKC City College is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Cyprus.
DENMARK
KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technology is an institution which offers a large number of higher education courses, offering a Bachelor's Degree of Architectural Technology and Construction Management, and an AP Degree in Multimedia Design and Communication in English. KEA mission is to educate highly skilled and professional designers, constructors and technologists who are able to work in an international context. KEA aim is to become a centre for education, knowledge development and knowledge sharing within Denmark and across borders. KEA is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Denmark.
GERMANY

Magdalena Malska is an architect graduate with a BSc Architecture and Urbanism from Cracow University of Technology in Architecture and Urbanism. Magdalena also studied at the Politecnico di Milano, and is continuing with her Master Degree. So far her practice is a combination of experience on varying fields: architectural practice (architectural studio GRAF, WAM Architecten, JERONIMO MARTINS, freelance architect), writing articles for architectural magazines or organization of International Conference & Design Workshops for ECOWEEK. Magdalena attended ECOWEEK workshops in Greece, Middle East, and Italy, and coordinates ECOWEEK activity in Poland, Germany and the UK.

Vassilios Bartzokas is one of the most influential people in Greece in the Design and Architecture Industry. Vassilios is the former CEO of CARTECO Design Centre, a company awarded under his management as one of the 10 best companies in Europe for the Customer Focus Award at the European Business Awards, together with companies such as DELL, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM, AIR BERLIN and others. He is the Founder and Creative Director of the free 24/7 access,innovative materials library for architects and designers called THE ARCHIVE (www.thearchive.gr) operating 24/7 located in Thessaloniki. He is also responsible for a large number of creative projects, such as: Green Design Festival, Athens Architecture Workshop, Invisible Hotel Exhibition, ESW [eso] Annual Conferences for Interior Design, ARCHISEARCH.gr e-magazine for Architecture and Design, and others. Vassilios is an adviser of ECOWEEK and the principle initiator and organizing partner of ECOWEEK in Germany and China.
GREECE
Despoina Kouinoglou is a graduate of the Department of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with focus on Horticulture and Viticulture and main specialization in Floriculture and Landscape Architecture. Her thesis examined the streams and rivers in urban and suburban environment, technical flood control projects, while her applied research focused on sustainable design in the landscape of the regional canal in Thessaloniki. She was an intern at the Aristotle University Farm, and the Appiculture Cooperative of Lesvos. She participated in many conferences and workshops, including ECOWEEK in London and Thessaloniki and was an active member of the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE in Thessaloniki in 2012. Despoina is a member of the network Dialog, Greek-Turkish Short Film Festival and she is an amateur in analogue and digital photography. Despoina supports the organization of ECOWEEK in Thessaloniki.
Apostolia Michalou is a student at the School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has participated in competitions and workshops (architectural and others), including FES European Autumn Academy: Progressive Outlook on Structural Change of the Energy Sector through Youth Empowerment (Leipzig 2015). She is particularly interested in bioclimatic architecture, green building materials and sustainable development. Apostolia was a volunteer and participant in ECOWEEK in Thessaloniki in 2015 and supports the activity of ECOWEEK in Greece.
Luna Kapeta is a graduate of Landscape Architecture Department, Faculty of Agricultural Technology of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Greece and Weihenstephan-Triesdorf - University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Landscape Architecture (BLA), Germany. Her Diploma thesis examined the modern evolutionary synthesis of Bioclimatic Landscapes and Buildings through an astounding case of Designs in Northern European countries. Luna was an intern at Pylaia-Chortiatis Municipality in Thessaloniki and her job rewarded her by designing and creating her first parks in the area. Her positions include academic affairs & Lifelong learning, active member of the network Dialog, TeleCC, and being an amateur writer, director and digital photographer. Luna has volunteered for many causes and since 2015 in actively involved in organization of ECOWEEK activity in Greece.
Andromachi Gkagka is a graduate of School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Technical University of Athens. She received a Master in Science in the field of Environment. She has worked as a GIS Analyst for the Public Power Corporation of Greece for the past 6 years. Additionally she works in the Educational sector. She is a member of the Piraeus Tennis Club, Kefalonian and Ithakision Peraeus Club, Ecoweek Network, Avakas Professors Network and Tutorpool Network. Andromachi is involved in the assessment process of a number of ECOWEEK projects in Greece and abroad and in the development of the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE.
Marianthi Miniati is an architect graduate of the National Technical University of Athens, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Bologna, University of Utrecht Netherlands, and the American Union of Greece in Athens and Hellenic Cinema and Television School, with training at the Scuola di Specializzazione in Restauro dei Monumenti, Rome and the Hellenic Open University on Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings. A practicing architect with projects in Greece and abroad, including the Athens Olympic Village, and heldeld the position of Environmental Adviser, Parliamentary Assistant in the EU Parliament office of Prof. A. Trakatellis, and Structural Engineer - Administrator, for the EU Parliament DG INLO Buildings Management Unit. Marianthi supports the ECOWEEK activity in Greece.
Ben Gill a Chartered Environmentalist with IEMA, currently works as a freelance environmental consultant on national and international projects. He is consulting on two One Planet Community projects - one on Portugal and the other in Sydney. As Director of BioRegional Consulting he has worked with a diverse range of clients, looking at both community developments and management of businesses. Ben graduated in Earth Science and completed an MSc in Environmental Technology. Ben was involved in the development of a number of ECOWEEK projects in Greece and abroad and in particular the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE.
Eloise Touni is an environmental professional with 10 years project management experience in chemicals and waste management. Her experience includes a significant element of organising and delivering training and capacity building events for NGOs in Africa, and teaching at the University of Cape Town on international pesticide regulations. As a project manager she was responsible for annual budgets of around €1 million, on projects jointly implemented with partner NGOs in Africa and Asia, and with activities in 8 countries. Eloise was involved in the development of a number of ECOWEEK projects in Greece and abroad and in particular the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE.
Konstantina Kostoula a graduate of King's College MA Environment and Development program and Panteion University, has an expertise in educational programs for the environment. Konstantina coordinated and implemented the environmental awareness program by ECOWEEK in schools devasted by fire at the Ilias Prefecture, a program supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Konstantina supports and coordinates ECOWEEK activity in Greece in a variety of educational projects.
Maria Marsela Duni is a graduate of the Department of Balkan Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and hold a Master Degree in International and European Studies from the Univeristy of Piraeus. Speaks seven foreign languages and holds a Translator Diploma from Metafrasi School of Translation Studies. Broadband Services Sales Manager and an Occasional Use Broadcast Services Coordinator for the company Hellas Sat S.A. She works as a freelance translator in cooperation with translation companies. Volunteers in NGOs. Founding member and former president of AEGEE Florina, local antenna of AEGEE Europe (Association des Etats Generaux des Etudiants de l' Europe-European Students Forum). She has an increased environmental awareness and has participated in a series of seminars and workshops on building with natural materials. Maria coordinated the ECOWEEK program in local municipalities and communities in Greece.
Thomas Pelioglou is a graduate Aircraft Mechanic of the Aircraft Hasslo Aviation College of Sweden and holds a diploma in Marketing & Enterpreneurship from the faculty Foretagspoolen Competence and Network in Sweden. Consultant on renewable energy, he has extensive experience in construction and excellent organizational skills. He has contributed to the consolidation of foreign companies in Greece. As a result of his cooperation with Swedish companies, he introduced in Greece the innovative NC (no chemicals) method for removing organic and atmospheric pollutants from outer surfaces. Fluent in Swedish and English. He participates in natural and bioclimatic construction projects, such as the offices of the European Sustainability Academy (ESA). Thomas coordinated the ECOWEEK program in local municipalities and communities in Greece.
Olympia Datsi is a landscape architect. She acquired her degree in Landscape Architecture and she continued her studies in Interior Design and PR Management. She has worked in architectural firms and in parallel has specialized in Cultural Management undertaking the planning, promotion and the production of events for various institutions. Olympia supported the ECOWEEK conference in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2011.
Tasos Roidis is an architect graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His diploma thesis investigated the adaptation of buildings in extreme climatic conditions, and his theoritical thesis focused on the history of bioclimatic architecture starting from early 19th century. He has attended numerous conferences and workshops on sustainable and landscape architecture in Greece, in Europe and in the USA. Tasos coordinated the ECOWEEK workshops in 2010-2011.
Dimitris Avramidis is an architect graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His thesis investigated the history and evolution of Bioclimatic Architecture in History. Presently, he is practicing with an architectural firm in Munich, Germany. Dimitris coordinated the ECOWEEK workshops in 2010-2011.
Petros Babasikas, Architect teaches Architecture at Patras University
(Drifting City, Greece) Workshop Team Advisor for ECOWEEK 2010 workshops.
Dimitra Papageorgiou is a student at the Architecture Department of Patras University. She has participated in competitions and architectural workshops including WPA and Upto35 with Drifting City. Dimitra coordinated the ECOWEEK workshops in 2010.
Kostas Tsamis Born in Patras he is a student at the Architecture Department of Patras University. His thesis investigates the relationship of scale and man in modern Architercture. Kostas coordinated the ECOWEEK workshops in 2010.
Efi Orfanou Born in Athens she is a student at the Architecture Department of Patras University. Her thesis investigates Architecture as man's identity based on his wants and needs. Efi coordinated the ECOWEEK workshops in 2010.
AKTO (Athenian Artistic and Technological Group) is a pioneering organisation in Greece, developing departments in Industrial & Product Design and Photography and to introduce high technologies in the area of Arts, towards common activity for the advancement of sustainable design and ecological building in Greece. AKTO hosted ECOWEEK and ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE activity in Athens and Thessaloniki.

The AKTO students class of Graphic Design and 3D Animation & Multimedia Productions, guided by AKTO-Thessaloniki faculty Panagiotis Metallinos, and Maria Georgiadou and Eleni Ksoupa, respectively, are preparing the ECOWEEK 2011 public image.
AKTO Graphic Design students: Anna Boccasile, Maria Asvesti, Theodoros Georgiadis, Athanasios Desyllas, Alexandros Dimos, Rafael Ieronymakis, Georgios Karathanassis, Varvara-Vassilili Konstantinidou, Vasilios Manousaridis, Dimitris Modestou, Lena Berzoes, Dimosthenis Papakonstantinou, Evaggellia-Iliana Papachristodoulou, Elpida Sachpazidou and Anastasia Charpantidou.

Giorgos Karathanasis
Alexandros Dimos
Anna Boccasile
Dimitris Modestou
Lena Bezos
Maria Asvesti
Rafael Ieronymakis
Varvara-Vasiliki Konstantinidou
Vasilis Manousaridis
To see name of student, place mouse on image | Click on image to see larger image

AKTO 3d Animation students: Alexandr Avanesov, Ioannis Katigaridis, Ioanna Nazlidou, Maria Psaltidou, Magdalini Asimakopoulou, Aris-Ilias Dimitrakopoulos, Ioannis Dimoglou, Emmanouil Kovras, Kosmas Mabentzidis, Dimitrios Moutafidis, Georgios Pyrounakis, Andreas Stergiou, Konstantinos Stefis, Epameinondas Sfakianakis, and Myrto Chrysostomidou.

Nontas Sfakianakis
Johnis Katigaris Kosmas Mpampetzidis
Konstantinos Stefis
Giorgos Pirounakis
Manolis Kovras
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INDIA
Dionysios Papadopoulos is an architectural design consultant with over 15 years experience in countries from UK to Greece and India. He has been involved in humanitarian reconstruction projects in the Balkans in the past and attended emergency rehabilitation workshops while in the field. His passion for sustainable architecture is applied not only in the building scale, but in urban scale with work varying from large residential, commercial and hotel developments in the UK and India. He has also been involved in studying food waste and the potential to harvest energy via bio-digester plants for hotel projects, while studied local building materials such as bamboo and other vernacular building technologies such as timber frame, hemp and earth-based building techniques. Dionysios supports ECOWEEK activity in India.
ISRAEL
Braha Kunda Architecture and Environmental Design Senior Lecturer and former Head of Interior Design Department at the Design Faculty HIT - Israel. She received her B. Design from Bezalel Academy and M. Arch from Rice University, Houston USA. Braha participated also in the Heschel Organization Environmental Leadership program, and is involved in the formation and activity of Mabadat Pais Design Terminal.Braha has professional and academic experience in total architectural and environmental design of housing, commercial and public projects in a wide range of scales. Major interest in contextual design related to social and cultural aspects. Braha supports ECOWEEK activity in Israel.
Ofir Etgar is a graduate with BA Architecture Science from the Politecnico di Milano and is a Work Manager at Neve Binyan Construction Ltd. Ofir supports ECOWEEK activity in Italy and Israel.
HIT - Holon Institute of Technology was founded in 1969 as a technological school serving the local Holon community. HIT was recognized by the Israel Council of Higher Education in 1999 as a fully accredited independent institute of technology. Today HIT is a leading Higher Education institution, ranked among the best science and technology institutes in Israel. HIT grants Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the major disciplines leading the technology industry including computer science, applied mathematics, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, communication engineering, industrial design, interior design, visual communications design, management of technology, and instructional systems technology. Social and environmental issues and the use of alternative technologies and energy sources are at the heart of the research and studies at HIT. HIT is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Israel.
ITALY
Giorgio Scavino is a European project consultant. He has been working for the past 8 years in technical assistance activities and general support to cooperation projects initiated with EU funding for public and private bodies - primarily for the Muncipality of Rome. He received his degree in Fine Arts Academy in Rome, and he has a certificate as a Psychodynamic Counsellor. He has promoted, organized and participated in various cultural and artistic events and gained experience for the past 7 years, in planning and management of laboratories in the social sector. He lives and works in Rome. Giorgio supports ECOWEEK activity in Rome.
Francesco Bedeschi is an architect and professor of integrated architectural design and restoration at the Italian Program at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. He is also the manager and coordinator of the program of study in Italy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, State of New York. He was visiting Assisting Professor at Mississippi State University in Jackson, MS. A member of the Board of Directors of GBC Italia, Francesco is also an international member of the AIA - American Institute of Architects. Recently, he was appointed Executive Officer of the Steering Committee of GBC Italia with responsibilities on Education and Local Chapters. He is currently consulting on several LEED projects in Italy. Francesco coordinated ECOWEEK activity in Rome.
Giuditta De Vecchi is an architect graduate of Politecnico di Milano. She co-operates with Monostudio and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Politecnico di Milano in "Architectural Composition" with a research thesis on the morphological connections between climate and facade systems. Giuditta attended ECOWEEK workshops in the Middle East and supported the ECOWEEK conference in Milano, Italy in 2011.
Amit Anafi is an architect, graduate of Politecnico di Milano (M. Arch.). He is specializing in 'Sustainable construction and infrastructure for the protection and the development of the environment' at the Politecnico. He is also a tutor in the "Laboratory of Sustainable Architecture" in the Politecnico branch of Piacenza. Amit supported the ECOWEEK conference in Milano, Italy in 2011.
Elisa Evaso is an architect, graduate in Architecture from the University of Genova. Luca Guglieri is an architect, graduate in Architecture from the University of Genova. Monostudio has focused for 35 years on remodel, restoration and reuse transformation of old landmarks. Enzo Evaso founded Monostudio in Valenza, Piedmont region in 1974, and Luca and Elisa moved the studio to Milano in 2005 with a refreshed philosophy of innovation as a way to celebrate and respect the rigorous origins and history of each building. www.monostudiomilano.com Monostudio hosted ECCO ECOWEEK during Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milano (April 2011).
The University of Arkansas Rome Center (UARC) offers an educational experience that replaces the traditional classroom with a didactic hands-on study approach. This is done through extensive local site visits, museum tours and travels throughout Italy that are combined with multimedia research conducted at our school's studio. Gaining a perspective on history and culture is fundamental for the cultural development and education of the student, and is an integral element of the study experience in Rome. The Rome Center is a point of departure for an international experience that inspires and stimulates interest, and offers diversity, comprehension and debate. With the school located in the heart of the city, students experience the history, culture, heritage, art and architecture of Rome first hand. The city is used as a laboratory to examine historical Rome and its contemporary issues. Through their sojourn in Rome, students may discover new experiences, ideas and perspectives that may contribute to their academic and cultural growth. UARC is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Rome.
KOSOVO

Argjire Krasniqi is an architect graduate of the University of Prishtina, Department of Architecture, Chair of Urbanism and Spatial Planning. She has attended a master semester in Austria at Vienna University of Technology, Department of Spatial Development, Infrastructure & Environmental Planning with a scholarship. She has worked in several architectural and design studios in Kosovo and the US. She was the organizer of the project "The Image of my City" in several cities in Kosovo on global warming. Argjira is currently working with the achitectural studio Politbyro-Pharc. Argjire is the principle initiator and organizer of ECOWEEK in Kosovo and supports ECOWEEK activity in Albania.

NETHERLANDS

Avans University of Applied Sciences was founded in 2004 with the mission to be the best, based on passion and commitment. Its educational vision is to connecting people and creating knowledge. The basic principle of Avans University of Applied Sciences is rooted in and springs from its social environment. To maintain and expand its value within its environment, Avans continues to meet the changing demands of the labour market and the world of work. Avans is ECOWEEK's Assocaite Partner in the Netherlands.

PAKISTAN

Maria Aslam-Hyder is the founder and Principal Architect of ArchWorks. A practicing architect, an academic who continuously propels her boundary of work and embarked as a publisher in 2008. Maria went global with the launch of the magazine ADA of which she is the Founder & Chief Editor. Maria has represented Pakistan in many platforms; a juror, convener of various conferences; her passion is travel and before every big event she takes a sojourn (as she says) "to silence, to listen to her inner-self". An avid reader she is currently working on two manuscripts. Maria is an Associate of ECOWEEK in Pakistan.

Architecture Design Art (ADA) is a leading Media Brand with a focus on contemporary architecture and design and a global reputation for excellence was launched in 2008. In a span of six years our international perspective and discerning multidisciplinary coverage rooted to local and regional geographic make us diverse. ADA' s coverage - which puts architecture, interiors, products, landscapes and urbanism together in a real-world scenario - makes it distinct from any other publication available on newsstands. ADA offers a multifaceted media platform that includes print and digital editions of the magazine, a dynamic, interactive website, plus weekly e-newsletters (in works) that reach an extensive and qualified audience. ADA is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Pakistan.

PALESTINE
Ziad 'Mohamed Tareq' Al-Jallad is an architect a graduate of the School of Architecture of An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. He lives and works in Ramallah. Among other projects, he was involved in the constrcution of the new city Rawabi next to Ramallah. Ziad supports ECOWEEK activity in Palestine (West Bank).
POLAND

Magdalena Malska is an architect graduate with a BSc Architecture and Urbanism from Cracow University of Technology in Architecture and Urbanism. Magdalena also studied at the Politecnico di Milano, and is continuing with her Master Degree. So far her practice is a combination of experience on varying fields: architectural practice (architectural studio GRAF, WAM Architecten, JERONIMO MARTINS, freelance architect), writing articles for architectural magazines or organization of International Conference & Design Workshops for ECOWEEK. Magdalena attended ECOWEEK workshops in Greece, Middle East, and Italy, and coordinates ECOWEEK activity in Poland and the UK.

Ewelina Wozniak-Szpakiewicz is an architect - a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, Krakow University of Technology (CUT). Currently, a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Urban Design, Krakow University of Technology. For several years, she has been a Tutor at an international urban design workshop in Poland and Italy. She is the President of the Miastotworcze Foundation in Krakow working to improve the quality of public space as well as the Director of the architectural Up Studio designing residential and service buildings. Ewelina coordinated ECOWEEK events in Poland.
Miastotworcze Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which supervises open public cultural and educational activities related to cityscape, landscape and public space. It concentrates architects' aspirations on the revitalization of existing public spaces and the creation of new places for interaction, the creation of a cooperation network for experience exchange within artistic, scientific and business communities as well as the development of attitudes aiming at active concurrence in the construction of a civic society. The Miastotworcze Foundation is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Poland.
Villa Decius Association is a non-profit, nongovernmental organisation which organises open for public cultural and educational activities. The Association cooperates with local and foreign institutions and organisations which promote culture, European integration and the humanist heritage of the European civilization. The Association obtains funds to finance its operational and programme costs from the European, national and local grants competitions, partnership agreements and sponsorship. Donors and funders are Polish and foreign public and commercial bodies, institutions, foundations and international funds. The Association activities are planned and managed by its director Danuta Glondys. Villa Decius is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Poland.
ROMANIA
Laura Negulescu is a practicing architect, graduate of Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. During College she attended a series of eco-refurbishment workshops in Sibiu. She is a founding partner of Univercity NGO and she initiated projects and activities leading to a sustainable, responsible and healthy urban development. As an architect, she is developing among others a project of a sustainable modular house - addressing the big challenge of making an energy-efficient house at the cost of a non-energy-efficient house. Laura is the organizer of ECOWEEK activity in Romania.
Radu Negulescu is a practicing architect, graduate of Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. As a student and after graduating he was involved in a number of workshops, conferences, art festivals and expositions. His work focuses on designing with nature and integrating the buildings on the site, the 'urban recycling' process - i.s. building and preserving as a way to sustainability - and bonding different urban fabrics. For example, for a workshop of refurbishment the monastery courtyard of Milevsko (Czech Republic), he propose the simple gesture of planting a large tree in the middle of the courtyard, thus separating visually the different buildings of different styles and, at the same time, creating a unified square revolving around the tree. Radu is the organizer of ECOWEEK activity in Romania.
Veronica Raileanu is a graduate architect of "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. Her professional training includes an Internship at NEMETSCHEK Russia, and teaching a "Lightning Design" course at the College of Interior Design in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. In the past years she developed an interest in earth architecture and began experiencing alternative building techniques. Veronica attended ECOWEEK workshops in Italy and Greece, and supports ECOWEEK activity in Romania.
Zeppelin is an international monthly magazine of architecture, design and urban culture. Zeppelin is an independent publication edited by the Association Zeppelin based in Bucharest. Zeppelin is a partner of ECOWEEK in Romania.
Raluca Dascalita is a graduate architect of "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest and holds a Master Degree in Interior Design. She is involved with different organisations, being an active volunteer for social and environmental sustainability, both in Romania and abroad. Raluca attended ECOWEEK workshops in Milano and Thessaloniki, and supports ECOWEEK activity in Romania.
Timea Paal is a young and aspiring architect and graphic designer with green building expertise. She is a trained Ambassador of The Living Building Challenge in Europe, and was/is a Project Manager/Advisor of the [ecobiblioteca] project, registered at the ILFI for pursuing the Living Building Challenge. Her professional training includes: Living Building Challenge training [ILFI], Romania green Buildng Professional [RoBC], degree in Architecture and Urban Planning [Technical University of Cluj-Napoca]. She is a founding partner of UNDAVERDE, a local NGO that initiates projects and activities which can lead to a sustainable, responsible and healthy urban development. Timea attended ECOWEEK workshops in Athens, and supports ECOWEEK activity in Romania.
SERBIA
Jelena Lucic holds a Master of Environmental Studies and BA of International Business and has been living in Serbia, Cyprus, Iraq and China. Jelena is the founder of NGO ECOIST based in Belgrade, Serbia, with the mission to improve urban sustainability. ECOIST initiated and sucessfully organised the first ECOWEEK in Belgrade, the first International GreenBuild Conference, student workshops, exhibition and a number of innovative programs. Jelena has held the position of Business Development Manager for a Cyprus-based international company in the cable and wire industry with operations in Europe and the former USSR countries. Jelena is a speaker, lecturer, editor and a guest author for number of blogs and magazines. Jelena is an Associate and principle organizer of ECOWEEK in Serbia and China.
Boris Sasic is a graduate of the Sustainable Forest and Nature Management MSc Programme, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and University of Padova, Italy. As Associate of NGO ECOIST, local partner of ECOWEEK Serbia, he was responsible for development and fundrasing activities, project proposal writing and implementation of project activities. Boris was among the organizing team of the first ECOWEEK in Belgrade and supports ECOWEEK activity in Serbia.
Branko Jovovic is a Masters student of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, and a graduate of the University Cernorizec Hrabar, School of Architecture, Varna, Bulgaria. Branko attended ECOWEEK workshops in Italy, and supports ECOWEEK activity in Serbia.
Jelena Slavkovic is a Masters student of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, and a graduate of the Triennale of Architecture at Varna Free University in Varna, Bulgaria. Jelena attended ECOWEEK workshops in Italy, and supports ECOWEEK activity in Serbia.
Danilo Miajlovic is a graduate of the Politecnico di Milano with a Master of Civil Architecture, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture Cernorizec Hrabar, Varna Bulgaria and a graduate of the High School of Architecture in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a full-time resarch assistant in the Politecnico di Milano. Danilo supports ECOWEEK activity in Serbia.
ECOIST is a civil society organization that focuses on innovative and holistic approaches that can efficiently develop the region of South East Europe towards more sustainable future. ECOIST is collaborating with public, private, academic and civil sector and is composed of environmentalists, biologists, sociologists, economists, IT managers, architects and landscape architects for the most synergistic solutions. Tools that ECOIST uses are promotion, exhibitions, surveying, monitoring, workshops, lectures, trainings, publications, organising of round-tables, conferences, forums and other events. ECOIST has undertaken projects such as The First International GreenBuild Conference, Urban Oasis student contest, exhibition and workshops, research policy paper on Aarhus Convention, Summer Camps and more. ECOIST is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Serbia.
SLOVENIA
Anja Pirjevec has a Master degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. During her studies she moved to Rome, where she studied at Valle Giulia Department of Architecture at La Sapienza University. She has participated in LEED environmental strategies workshops and is pursuing the LEED Green Associate professional accreditation. She is collaborating with Liveinslums international development cooperation NGO, focusing on the improvement of informal settlements in the 3rd and 4th world's large cities and the valorisation of the local resources. Anja worked on a redevelopment of a local school and its surrounding area in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently she lives and works in Rome. She is the principle initiator and organizer of ECOWEEK in Slovenia.
TURKEY
Doga Gizem Memis has a Bachelor of Architecture from Yeditepe University, Istanbul. During her studies she played an active role in national and international social organizations, and volunteered in many social and community projects. She organized events involving the city of Istanbul and Turkey in general, with the support of Yeditepe University. During her studies she developed her interest in sustainable Architecture. Doga participated in ECOWEEK in London and co-organizer of ECOWEEK in Istanbul.
Aylin Ayna is an Architect, Department of Architecture, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, with postgraduate studies at the Architectural Design Issues Programme at the same university. Research assistant in Environmental Analysis and Control Subdivision at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, since 2009, on ecological design strategies, environmental design theory, sensation and perception in space, and connection between body and place. She has participated in several architectural competitions, conferences and workshops, including ECOWEEK 2011, in Thessaloniki, Greece. Aylin is an Associate of ECOWEEK in Turkey.
Erdem Erbas is Asst. Professor in the Department of City and Regional planning at MSGSU, Istanbul. A graduate of MSGSU in Istanbul in urban planning with the thesis about "Ecological Approach to Planning, Sustainable Urban Development of Istanbul". His PhD on Urbanism at MSGSU was about "A Study on the Determination of Basic Principles and Criteria for Housing Area Planning based on Energy Source Variation". He was the visiting researcher in the "Fachhochschule Hannover" and "HKU - Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht" during his PhD. Erdem is an Associate of ECOWEEK in Turkey.
Mehtap Leyla Turanalp is studying City Planning at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Regional Planning, and is a graduate of the Izmir Institute of Technology, City and Regional Planning. Leyla is a member of the GreenAge Organization Committee and editor of the 'Dayanismaci Atolye' website. Leyla has been involved in Design symposia, among them, 'Taksim Square Renewal Project', MSFAU, and others. Leyla has attended several ECOWEEK conferences in Europe and the Middle East and is an Associate of ECOWEEK in Turkey.
Merve Ozyurt is an industrial designer, research asistant in the Industrial Design department at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She has completed her Master degree of industrial design on the use of the emotional factor in product design. She is a Ph.D. candidate on design processes in design. She pursues her academic works in the Department of Industrial Design. She has attend several conferences, workshops and social responsibility organizations as participant and coordinator and is an Associate of ECOWEEK in Turkey.
Yeditepe University is one of the largest and most reputable universities founded in Turkey. It was established in 1996. It offers high academic quality and opportunities to its students and academic staff. Yeditepe University has 12 faculties, 60 undergraduate programs, 30 master degree programs and 30 doctoral programs. It has over 700 Erasmus and exchange agreements with universities from around the world. Yeditepe University, beyond academic success, also supports social activities, organizations and projects. Yeditepe University Faculty of Architecture is ECOWEEK's Associate Partner in Turkey.
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Faculty of Architecture established 125 years ago, is the oldest institution of Turkey, in the field of Architectural and Fine Arts education. Behind the exceptional educational environment in Mimar Sinan, one can find the co-existence of Architecture and Fine Arts departments under the same roof since its foundation. Fostering the interdisciplinary and holistic idea contemporary educational approaches with conceptual and technical aspects of art and design defines the core of education at the Faculty of Architecture. The Faculty of Architecture has four departments, namely Department of Architecture, Department of urban and Regional Planning, Department of Industrial Design, Department of Interior Design. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Faculty of Architecture is an ECOWEEK Associate Partner in Turkey.
UK

Magdalena Malska is an architect graduate with a BSc Architecture and Urbanism from Cracow University of Technology in Architecture and Urbanism. Magdalena also studied at the Politecnico di Milano, and is continuing with her Master Degree. So far her practice is a combination of experience on varying fields: architectural practice (architectural studio GRAF, WAM Architecten, JERONIMO MARTINS, freelance architect), writing articles for architectural magazines or organization of International Conference & Design Workshops for ECOWEEK. Magdalena attended ECOWEEK workshops in Greece, Middle East, and Italy, and coordinates ECOWEEK activity in Poland, Germany and the UK.

Marilena Dyranis-Maounis received an MA in Interior Design with distinction from UCLAN, for which her dissertation was titled "Urban Aeroponic Garden". Having also received a Master in Audiovisual Management from EMAM and a BSc in Psychology from University of Westminster, Marilena has mainly focused her career in the area of event organizing and management, including corporate and educational seminars, such as Youth in Action seminars funded by the European Union. Her professional experience also includes writing funding applications, managing cultural events, being an ambassador for charities, such as Global Action Plan (a London based charity focused on climate change) and IDEA (an Athenian charity focused on empowering people to volunteer) and managing volunteers for big events or festivals. Having attended two ECOWEEK workshops, she is the organizer of the second ECOWEEK in London.

Vasilis Maroulas is a Senior Consultant Engineer at ARUP, received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at NTUA, and M.Sc. in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College. AURP is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Vasilis Maroulas is a member of the Advisory Board of ECOWEEK and a Consultant to ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE, and supports ECOWEEK activity in the UK and Europe in general.
James Laing is the General Secretary of the Lutheran Council in the UK. As a sustainability consultant he advised businesses, governments and the IMF in Africa. He was later responsible for several properties owned by the Church of Scotland in Israel/Palestine, where he oversaw the retrofitting of renewable energy provision, and approval of plans for biomass gas production and water recycling. James is ECOWEEK's associate in the UK towards engaging the Lutheran Council and other Christian communities in the UK with ECOWEEK in addressing issues of climate change and sustainable architecture and design.
Gauri Yennawar is an Architecture & Urban Design Professional from London, received her Master's Degree M.Sc. in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and Bachelors degree B.Arch in Architecture from Mumbai University in India. In 2009, she was awarded the European Commission's prestigious Erasmus Mundus Fully Funded Scholarship for 22 months for International Studies in Italy. She has worked as an architect in Italy & India, with an interest in marketing & management including online marketing, advertising & PR for architecture, product design & arts industry in London. She is proactive & passionate about experiencing new cultures, people, promote sustainability & green architecture around the world. Her experience in international relations where she set up university & research partnerships between Italy & India motivated her to join ECOWEEK as a team member. She has participated in several architectural competitions, conferences and workshops, including ECOWEEK 2010, in Thessaloniki. Gauri is a co-organiser of ECOWEEK in India & UK.
Paulina Kosciak graduated from the Cracow University of Technology (CUT) in 2013 (M.Arch - RIBA Part II) and completed a student scholarship program at the The University of Tennessee - College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville, TN in USA in 2012. She is presently teaching freehand drawing to prospective students of architecture and specialises in architectural and urban physical modeling. She has interned at Up Studio (2009-2012) and PPA office (2013) where she participated in projects of various scales: residential housing, public facilities and public spaces. Paulina participated in various design workshops, including the International Design Workshop in Morocco (2010), IDW in Italy (2011), IofPPF in Ukraine (2010), ''Architecture for All'' in Poland about design intended for disabled people (2011) and ECOWEEK in Poland (2013). Paulina is a co-organizer of ECOWEEK in London.
Eleni Harlan is a graduate with a BA Philosophy and Politics in Exeter University, and continues her studies in MSc in Sustainable Cities at King's College in London. Eleni Harlan has worked for the French Ministry of Education. Eleni supported ECOWEEK activity in Europe.
   
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