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“A drop of water,
if it could write out its own history,
would explain the universe to us.”
Lucy Larcom

3rd International Symposium of
Design for Living with Water, will be held at the Faculty of
Engineering and Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture,
Beykent University in Istanbul, Turkiye from November 18 to 19, 2021.

Link for Zoom Meeting

Water is the main life source for human being starting from birth. Throughout the history this vital element effected every field of life as well as the discipline of architecture and design, which have the mission to create comfortable and livable spaces for human. It is observed that apart from alternative living spaces to terrestrial architecture in traditional forms, during the recent years, the studies which include the analysis as to space hotels, floating spaces and effects of spatial characteristics of pole stations on the users have increased. One of the reasons for this, is that people's need for alternative living spaces and resources has come up. The association of the concept of human-space-water is being considered together more frequent day by day.

In Recent years there is a growing focus on living with water due to the extreme climate changes, rising density, economical trends and sustainability problems. Scientist and futurists from all over the world are indicating the solutions for living with water and predict that the relationship between human and water will increase. Not only the countries which have the risk of flood, or rising sea levels, but also the other countries which has the probability of effecting by the climate changes are taking into consideration water based solutions. Also the flow of the capital and changing human life style requirements show us the water as an alternative living space.

Although the concept of living with water seems revolutionary the human relation with water is not a new trend. In the scope of this symposium, different integration types of water to spaces from the vernacular models to floating homes wil be discussed. As a respond to the world’s sustainability problems, from both economical, socio - cultural and also the ecological, we need to understand the importance of living with water. As the designers and engineers of the “climate change generation” we have the responsility to look at the past, present and the future and ask the opportunities of water that we could apply, inform and transform to our designs.

We invite designers, architects, engineers, sociologists, students and everyone who feel the need creating solutions sensitive to climate change and for sustainable future of the world on particulary design with water.

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Joerg Baumeister

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joerg Baumeister is leading the SeaCities Lab (SeaCities.org) at the Cities Research Institute, Griffith University in Australia which develops and implements water-adapted cities (aquacities) and floating structures (aquatecture). Its holistic research approach - that spans and includes the disciplines of engineering, architecture and environmental sciences - enables researches in the group to develop new approaches to building with and for nature, to create ecosystem-based developments that respond to the current challenges in an adaptive and compatible fashion. Joerg has been a practitioner, educator, and researcher for Architecture and Urban Design for more than 20 years throughout Europe, Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, and Australia. He is an award-winning architect and consults governmental institutions on the federal, state and regional level as well as NGOs and private industry leaders to apply his current research interests which comprise Ecological Cities, Affordable Housing in serial building technology, and Marine Design Innovation.

Dr. Markus Ahola

Experience Design for Living with Water Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Dr Markus Ahola’s interest area is user-centred design and designing for experiences. He has been applying these approaches to multiple applications such as magnetic resonance imaging, safety and ship design. He is an expert in multidisciplinary research project building and had a key role in the establishment of the Experience Research Society, Aalto Experience Platform and Aalto Cruise & Ferry Experience Program. He is an executive committee member and secretary of Experience Research Society and board member of SIGCHI Finland. Currently, he works in improving the accessibility and experience design of Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology.

Assoc. Prof. Mohd Faris Khamidi

Dr. Faris is currently an Associate Professor in Architecture at Qatar University. He holds a PhD from Kyushu University, Japan in the field of ArchitecturalEngineering (2005) and completed a graduate certificatein Tertiary Education Management from LH MartinInstitute, University of Melbourne (2016). He has morethan 20 years experiences in applying sustainabilityconcept and principles to optimize building performance based on climatic condition as wellas enhancing buildinglifecycle in particular reducing carbon footprint.
Since 2012, Faris has started developed his capability andcompetencies in Building Information Modelling (BIM) andVirtual and Digital Construction (VDC) with the emphasison SMART Technologies. He is a Revit (BIM) certifiedprofessional by Autodesk in 2013. Faris was also thefounding member and Deputy Director of Taiwan-MalaysiaConstruction Project Management and DigitalTechnologies International Centre [DiTIC] with TamkangUniversity from January 2018 – August 2019. Based onhis expertise, he has been invited in various conferencesand event as keynoteand plenary speaker and VisitingProfessor in Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Taiwan, China,UK, Norway and of course Malaysia.
On the research front, Faris has concluded a dozen ofresearch projects amountingUSD 1.1 million, notably theUSD750,000 MyRA Top Down Incentive Grant (MalaysiaMinistry of Higher Education), titled ‘Smart Integrated LowCarbon Infrastructure Model’ (SMART i-LOCI MODEL)from August 2013 to July 2015 as Co – Lead PrincipalInvestigator.

Prof. Francisco Javier Rodriguez-Suárez

"Water, Global Warming and Resiliency: another hurricane season in the Caribbean" University of Illinois School of Architecture Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, FAIA is the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied architecture at Georgia Tech, the Université de Paris-Tolbiac and Harvard GSD, where he earned a Master of Architecture with Distinction winning the AIA Medal and the Portfolio Award. After working for Machado-Silvetti in Boston, Rodríguez-Suárez returned to his hometown to work on a renovation of its historic district. For two decades, he taught at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, where he served as Dean for nine years. At UPR, Francisco directed (in)forma, an award-winning academic journal and edited five books including Alma Mater, Aula Magna, Chronologies of an Architectural Pedagogy and Contemporary Architecture in Puerto Rico 1992-2010, a joint effort with the AIA. During his academic career, Rodríguez-Suárez has taught and lectured at prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, the US, Canada, the Middle East and the Caribbean, including a sojourn as Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome and a Fulbright Fellowship in Spain. His comprehensive practice has earned over 10 AIA-PR Awards and Citations, several Bienal awards in seven different categories and has been widely published and exhibited around the world. Mr. Rodríguez-Suárez was selected by El Nuevo Día newspaper as one of the ten most influential pioneers in Puerto Rico for the year 2008, when he collaborated with artist Ai Wei Wei on the Ordos 100 project in China. In 2017 he was elected President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), an organization that had previously recognized him as Distinguished Professor. As ACSA president he lobbied for architecture to be included as a STEM discipline, condemned the construction of a border wall between the US and Mexico and organized an international congress in Madrid to discuss the future of architectural pedagogy. In 2020 he was elected Chairman of the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors. A committed urbanist, Francisco enjoys writing poetry, experimenting in the kitchen and is currently working on a historical novel.

Prof. Arch. Claudio Gambardella

This is not a ... floating building, but a yacht. Reflections and Symbols about dwelling on water Claudio Gambardella, architect and designer, is Professor of Industrial Design at the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design (DADI) of the Campania University "Luigi Vanvitelli" (SUN) and he passed a public competition for recruitment as FULL professor (February 2021). He is delegate of the Director for the Internationalization Policies of the Department. He is currently working on two main research branches: the first one concerns a new concept of company museums, that he has been studying for years, to create a distinctive identity that differentiates them from other types of museums. On this topic he directed a series of publications for publishing company Alinea, being the author of the first publication entitled “IL SISTEMA MUSEALE REGIONALE DEL DESIGN E DELLE ARTI APPLICATE” (2005, English version: “OFFICIAMUSEUM. THE REGIONAL MUSEUM SYSTEM OF DESIGN AND APPLIED ARTS”, 2008). From 2016 he has been directing the series “THE 3RD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. Futuro e memoria del Design”, for publishing company Altralinea. He is scientific advisor and artistic director for the project “Temporary Museum of Enterprise” product of excellence in Campania, under construction in Pompeii, under an agreement between the city of Pompeii and SUN. Moreover, he has been project coordinator of "Summer School in designing of company museum systems in Euro-Mediterranean area" of SUN in collaboration with OKAN ÜNİVERSİTESİ of Istanbul and FACHHOCHSCHULE KÖLN approved in 2013 from INDIRE/MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research). The second research branch he is focusing on is about the preservation and enhancement of those forms of design that are capable of connecting with local craftsmanship, thus developing what Gambardella calls “Handmade in Italy”, i.e. a kind of design that is strongly linked to local diversity over the country, competing with the more globalized “Made in Italy”. In this regard, he is national Coordinator of the Thematic ADI Commission called HANDMADE IN ITALY from 2017. He is part of the Academic Board of the PhD programme in “Architectural and Urban Design and Architectural Restoration” of SUN as well as the Academic Board of the International Doctorate in “Philosophy of Interior Architecture” of the University of Naples “Federico II”. Moreover, he is one of the members of MUSA Scientific Committee (University's Museum of Sciences and Arts) of SUN. He curated the Materials Library project for SUN, first ever in Southern Italy, in collaboration with Material Connexion Italia. He was also curator of the 2013 and 2016 editions of the DADI/SUN booth at SALONE SATELLITE, a section of the SALONE DEL MOBILE dedicated to young talents and universities, both Italian and foreign, in Rho-Fiera, Milan. He has been the Chairman of Board Master's Degree (Aggregated Study Course in IT/EN) in Architecture: Interior Design and for Autonomy from October 2013 to 2016; currently scientific director, managing relationships with Okan University (Istanbul), East China Normal University (Shanghai), and Epoka University (Tirana). He is also the responsible for ERASMUS relations with Ozyegin University of Istanbul, Çankaya of Ankara, École nationale supérieure d'architecture of Saint-Étienne, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has been one of the three congress chairs of BEYOND ALL LIMITS, a congress on sustainability held at Cankaya University, in Ankara (TR) in October 2018. He is member of the Scientific Committee of IEREK - International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange, based in Egypt, and member of Collegium "Scriptorium Fontis Avellanae". He is President of I LOVE POMPEI, a non-profit association to promote Architecture, Design and Conserving Cultural Objects; a successful exhibition he curated in 2002 at Villa Pignatelli Museum in Naples was named after the association. He was the president of ADI - Association for Industrial Design Campania Delegation from 2004 to 2011. He also designs, creates and curates design exhibitions. From 2008 to 2010, he was artistic director of the Trends/Design section of the Ravello Festival. Within this section, he conceived and curated the exhibitions “Shoes on exhibit: the treasures of the Ferragamo Museum”, “The Richard Ginori Museum: a new lease on life” and “ZERODISEGNO: madness is freedom” set up respectively in 2008, in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he curated the exhibition “more craft, more design. Annibale Oste|Studio Azzurro”. His design objects and architectural projects have been exhibited and published in Italy and abroad. He also worked for several years as an editor for specialized magazines such as DOMUS, INTERNI, MODO, SPAZIO& SOCIETA’.

Prof. Dr. Masi Mohammadi

“Towards an Understanding Architecture: evolution of architecture through the embedding of emerging Technologies” Masi Mohammadi is the Leading Professor at the academy of Built Environment, HAN University of applied sciences, where she heads the research group Architecture in Health and a Full Professor of Smart Architectural Technologies at the Eindhoven University of Technology. As the principal investigator and leader of the research program ‘Empathic Living Environment’, an interdisciplinary study into the socio-spatial context of smart living, Mohammadi aims to develop a people-led framework for embedding emerging technologies in architecture. To arrive at this framework, she, in collaboration with industry and Dutch housing and care organizations, set up a nationwide platform, ‘Dutch Empathic Living Labs’, to empirically evaluate smart homes and neighbourhoods and their impact on the well-being of users. She currently supervises 17 PhD dissertations on this subject. Masi has served as chair or board member of various (inter)national committees and research networks, i.a. a board member of a European committee on ‘Active Ageing &Design’, member of the Board Science, Technology and Society of The Royal Institution of Engineers, and as visiting Professor at University of Technology Sydney (2017).

Prof. Changho Moon

Design Proposals of Modular Floating Parking Building for Archipelago Changho Moon, born in 1955, has been a professor since 1989 and is going to retire at the end of August 2021 in the department of architecture and building engineering, Kunsan National University, Korea. Also he was a principal investigator of Floating Architecture Research Group, funded by the ministry of land, infrastructure and transport, Korean Government. Research period was about 5 years from December 2010. Around 15 professors from 3 Universities and 12 industries participated in the research. He wrote books “Floating Architecture as a New Building Paradigm” in 2015, and "Floating Architecture as a Sustainable Building” in 2021. He has consulted several floating building projects for local waterside developments, continued to research floating structures with industries, and taught floating architectures such as public floating information center, floating parking building for islands, floating guest house as term projects in the University.

Prof. Dr. Gökdeniz Neşer

Prof. Neser from Dokuz Eylul University Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology’s Marine Technology Department is a naval architect graduated from Istanbul Technical University. He has carried on several research studies in the field of advanced polymer composites in marine use including their degradation and recycling, and Life Cycle Assessment. Neser has published researches on the marine pollution issues, e.g. environmental and occupational impacts of global ship recycling industry, environmental management of dredging, shipyards and ship repair facilities’ effects on the environment, oil pollution prevention funded by EU, UN, and national agencies. He has been in Japan, USA, United Kingdom, and Poland as visiting professor and research fellow. Neser also served as a board member of Water Supply and Treatment Directorate in local level and the director of DEU’s Boatbuilding Research Centre. In his speech, Neser will talk about marine environmental degradation on the materials with a case of sailcloth. According to Neser, “Structural elements of built environments located in, along, close to marine environment are often compromised in their usage by the uncertainty of material behavior under cyclic and impact loading and various environmental factors, e.g. exposure to seawater, water vapor, UV, change in extreme temperature and long-term physical and chemical stability mainly due to the climate change, attacks of marine organism. Since reliable theory and experimental data are practically nonexistent, properties of materials of these structural elements are severely penalized by the use of unusually large margins of safety in actual design, if the designers have an awareness on their degradations. Until the degradation of these structural elements by various environmental factors is better understood so that corrective measures can be taken, the true potential of such materials cannot be realized. In the study, attention has been primarily focused only on these environmental factors and failure mechanism that caused by these factors which influence the end use of the related structural elements in a range of marine structures, from boats to wind turbines, cars and elements of buildings.” Effects of Marine Environment on the Performance of Structural Elements


  1. Yacht design
  2. Sustainability
  3. Naval engineering
  4. Industrial structures
  5. Culture and heritage
  6. Floating architecture
  7. Futuristic approaches
  8. Urban transformations


Honorary President(s)

  • Prof Dr A. Murat Ferman, Beykent University
  • Prof Dr Şeyma Özkara Aydinoğlu, Beykent University

  • General Coordinator

  • Assoc Prof Dr İnanç Işıl Yıldırım, Beykent University

  • Orginizing Committe

  • Assoc Prof Dr İnanç Işıl Yıldırım, Beykent University
  • Assist Prof Dr Begüm Bayraktaroğlu, Beykent University

  • Scientific Committee

  • Prof Dr Alpay Er, Ozyegin University
  • Prof Dr Ardeshir Mahdavi, Vienna Technical University
  • Prof Dr Ayşe Uğur Tütengil, Beykent University
  • Prof Dr Aytekin İşman, Sakarya University
  • Prof Dr Burak Kaptan, Eskisehir Technical University
  • Prof Dr Burçin Cem Arabacıoğlu, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
  • Prof Dr Claudio Gambardella, Università degli Studi della Campania
  • Prof Dr Çiğdem Polatoğlu, Yıldız Technical University
  • Prof Dr Deniz Hasirci, Izmir University of Economics
  • Prof Dr Ebru Çubukçu, Dokuz Eylül University
  • Prof Dr Elmira Gür, Istanbul Technical University
  • Prof Dr Fatih A. Rıfkı, Montana State University
  • Prof Dr Hülya Turgut, Ozyegin University
  • Prof Dr İbrahim Numan, FSMV University
  • Prof Dr İlkay Masat Özdemir, Karadeniz Technical University
  • Prof Dr Gökdeniz Neşer, Dokuz Eylül University
  • Prof Dr Lerzan Aras, European University of Lefke
  • Prof Dr Mehmet Emin Karahan, Beykent University
  • Prof Dr Pelin Yıldız, Hacettepe University
  • Prof Dr Rengin Zengel, Dokuz Eylul University
  • Prof Dr Şengül Öymen Gür, Beykent University
  • Prof Dr A. Tanju Gültekin, Rising University of Cyprus
  • Assoc Prof Dr Alidost Ertuğrul, FSMV University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Alexandrina Nenkova, University of Architecture Civil Eng.and Geodesy
  • Assoc Prof Dr Burkay Pasin, Izmir University of Economics
  • Assoc Prof Dr Cemil Atakara, Cyprus International University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Ebru Erdogan, Selcuk University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Emine Görgül, İstanbul Technical University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Hikmet Sivri Gokmen, Dokuz Eylul University
  • Assoc Prof Dr İnanç Işıl Yıldırım, Beykent University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Mohammad Arif Kamal, Aligarh Muslim University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Osman Demirbaş, Izmir University of Economics
  • Assoc Prof Dr Rabia Kose Doğan, Selçuk University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Tonguç Tokol, Marmara University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Zeynep Tuna Ultav, Yaşar University
  • Assoc Prof Dr Zihni Türkan, Near East University
  • Assist Prof Dr Ahmet Fidan, Ordu University
  • Assist Prof Dr Armağan Korkmaz, Michigan State University
  • Assist Prof Dr Begüm Bayraktaroğlu, Beykent University
  • Assist Prof Dr A. Can Özcan, Izmır University of Economics
  • Assist Prof Dr Florina Jerliu, University of Prishtina
  • Assist Prof Dr Lana Kudumovic, FSMV University
  • Assist Prof Dr Leila Krivosic, International University of Sarajevo
  • Assist Prof Dr Mehmet Aziz Goksel, Maltepe University
  • Assist Prof Dr Nasiha Pozder, University of Sarajevo
  • Assist Prof Dr Pelin Karacar, Istanbul Medipol University
  • Ricardo Balbo, IED Istituto Europeo di Design Spa

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    Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission September 3, 2021
  • Full Papper Submission September 24, 2021
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    Beykent University

    Ayazağa Campus Maslak/İstanbul

    Ayazaga Mahallesi, Hadim Koruyolu Cd. No: 19, 34398 Sarıyer / İstanbul Location