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Managing historic urban landscapes within the gobal urban network while ensuring their sustainable development is one of the most challenging and complex tasks of this new urban era. My research and teaching focus on incorporating the global urbanisation and sustainable development discourses into heritage protection, management and reuse studies and practices at local level.

Research profile

Trained as an architect specialised in heritage management and sustainability discourses, I hold a M.Sc. degree in Architectural Conservation and a PhD degree in Architecture awarded by the School of Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University, UK. For almost a decade, I have combined research, teaching and consultancy practices in Oxford, Istanbul and Eindhoven. I currently work as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). As part of this Postdoc role, I work as Project Leader on behalf of the TU/e team for the CLIC EU Horizon2020 project, focusing on circular investments leveraging investments in cultural heritage adaptive reuse. Parallel to the CLIC project, my current research project focuses on the management of historic urban landscapes located within global cities with a new focus on heritage management practices within an Islamic context. I have also widely published on the broader topics of contested heritage, identity building and heritage protection specifically in the Eastern Europe and Middle East regions.

Education/Academic qualification

History of architecture, Doctor, Oxford Brookes University

15 Sep 201030 Jun 2017

Art and architecture, Master, Istanbul Technical University

1 Feb 20081 Jun 2010

Art and architecture, Bachelor, Istanbul Technical University

10 Sep 200321 Jan 2008

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cultural policy Social Sciences
stakeholder Earth & Environmental Sciences
world city Earth & Environmental Sciences
vulnerability Earth & Environmental Sciences
catalyst Earth & Environmental Sciences
city Earth & Environmental Sciences
urban landscape Earth & Environmental Sciences
travel Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2020

Case study: architectural regeneration in Istanbul

Ikiz Kaya, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Architectural Regeneration. Orbasli, A. & Vellinga, M. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Adaptation of circular models for global heritage cities: regeneration of Istanbul world heritage site as a case study

Ikiz Kaya, D., 2019, EAA 2019: beyond paradigms: abstract book. European Association of Archaeologists, p. 101-102 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Deliverable 1.3. Survey on best practices of cultural heritage adaptive reuse

Gravagnuolo, A., Ikiz Kaya, D., Fusco Girard, L., Acri, M. & Pintossi, N., 2019, (Submitted) 171 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic

Deliverable 1.4. Database on best case practices

Gravagnuolo, A., de Lucia, M., Ikiz Kaya, D., Pintossi, N. & Cambié, D., 2019, 56 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic

Deliverable D1.1c: report of historic urban landscape workshop III Rijeka

Pintossi, N. & Ikiz Kaya, D., 2019, (Unpublished)

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic


EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) Travel Grant 2019

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Recipient), Sep 2019

Recognition: OtherScholarshipsScientific


European Cultural Foundation ENCATC Cultural Policy Research Award

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Recipient), 2012

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

cultural policy

ITU Scientific Research Fellowship

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Recipient), 2010

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

Turkish Cultural Foundation Cultural Exchange Fellowship

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

Activities 2014 2019

  • 3 Publication peer-review
  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
  • 1 Conference

CLIC Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Workshop #4 in Vastra Gotaland

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Organiser), Nadia Pintossi (Organiser)
12 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Workshop #3 Rijeka

Nadia Pintossi (Organiser), Marco Acri (Organiser), Suzana Belosevic (Organiser), Mirta Klaričić (Organiser), Dunja Zagorac (Organiser), Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Participant), Lu Lu (Participant)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

AGATHON International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design (Journal)

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Editorial board member)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

European Association of Archaeologists (External organisation)

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Chair)
2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Press / Media