Since the early nineties, virtual reconstructions are part of the architectural education in the department Information and Communication Technologies in Architecture at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany). In an interdisciplinary cooperation with the department of art history numerous projects were carried out. A lot of them were shown in exhibitions in Germany. The possibility that their work would be part of a professional exhibition was a great motivation for the students.

In the speech Marc Grellert will show a selection of the work in Darmstadt and talk about the potentials, the procedures and the different forms of presentation of virtual reconstructions. A focus will be the transformation of virtual models into physical models through rapid prototyping.

29 April Wednesday, 11:30
İzmir University of Economics, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design


Dr. Marc Grellert teaches in the Department Digital Design[1] and is co-founder of the company Architectura Virtualis[2]. The focus of his research and work are virtual reconstructions, remembrance and conveying of knowledge with the help of digital media as well as development and realization of installations and exhibits for museums.
At Darmstadt University Marc Grellert has led numerous national and international research projects in the context of Virtual Reconstruction e.g. the Vatican Palace in Rome, the Moscow Kremlin, Emperor Tombs in Xi’an“(China, Terracotta Warriors), Temples of the Khmer in Cambodia, Ephesus (Turkey), Cristal Palace in London or 2013 the History of the Cathedral in Florence. The results were shown in large exhibitions.




The talk will focus on the relationship between academia and practice within the current paradigm of computational design (or rather Systems Theory). Over the last decades the 3rd industrial revolution has had a sweeping impact on society. The Architectural profession has not been immune and is dealing with both theoretical and technological changes. There is a willingness amongst the “leading” thinkers of the profession not to repeat the previous late reactions to the new conditions.
Architecture, and design, is a “trade” profession and needs to maintain a connection to the profession to stay relevant. Have design schools responded to the changing professional environment? As Bauhaus was a response to the Modernistic reaction to the 2nd Industrialization, where is the school responding to the 3rd?

29 April Wednesday, 12.00
İzmir University of Economics, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design


Gudjon Thor Erlendsson is the founder and principal of AUDB a London based architectural office. For the last 5 years he has worked as an architect and University lecturer at the Architectural Department at the Izmir University of Economics. Gudjon graduated from the Architectural Association in London in 1999. Since then he has been practicing as an architect as well as being engaged in research and high profile projects and collaborations, such as the ‘Landscraper Inhabitable Bridge’ with Ocean. Previously he has been a visiting tutor at the Academy of Arts in Iceland and lectured at Lund University Sweden amongst others.

Gudjon Thor Erlendsson BA(Hons) AA(Dipl) RIBA Gudjon’s work has been published widely and he has won national and international awards for his work. In 2014 he collaborated in the “Think Micro” modular floating dock project which was exhibited and the 2nd Istanbul Biennal and won the second price in the UN Habitad and Guardian “World Cities Day Challenge”.


Recent developments in architectural discourse mark a radical shift in focus. While such discourse was centered around the theme of criticality and meaning until the beginning of the 21st century, recent emphasis is on efficacy and production. I argue that the two trends are not necessarily mutually exclusive and the locus of architectural creativity lies at the realization that the architectural product is always already a historically determined cultural product.

29 April Wednesday, 10:30
İzmir University of Economics, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design


Prof. Gülsüm Baydar received her Ph.D. degree in architectural history at the University of California, Berkeley. She taught design, history and theory courses at universities in the US, Singapore, Australia and Turkey. She is presently the chair of the Architecture Department at Yaşar University, İzmir. Her work lies at the intersections between architectural and other discourses including psychoanalytical, postcolonial and feminist theories in order to explore the boundaries of the architectural discipline. Her articles appeared in such leading journals as Assemblage, Journal of Architectural Education, Society and Space, Signs, and Gender, Place and Culture. She is the co-editor of Postcolonial Space(s) (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997) and Negotiating Domesticity (Routledge, 2005).