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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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Research Output

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


    EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) Travel Grant 2019

    Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Recipient), Sep 2019

    Prize: OtherScholarshipsScientific

  • European Cultural Foundation ENCATC Cultural Policy Research Award

    Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

  • ITU Scientific Research Fellowship

    Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

    Turkish Cultural Foundation Cultural Exchange Fellowship

    Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific


    International LDE - heritage conference "Heritage and Sustainable Development Goals"

    Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Participant)
    27 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    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

    European Association of Archaeologists (External organisation)

    Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Chair)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific


    Press / Media