Founding Director &
Principal Architect
Dr. Chiu Chen-Yu 


Since 2016, Cho has worked voluntarily as the architect for consolidating the program and design of the Centre.

Since 2020, he has acted voluntarily as the founding Director of the Centre for implementing its program and collaboration of NGOs, business sectors and grassroots.

Cho has also worked as an architectural historian, exhibition curator/coordinator, competition organizer and full-time academician in the department of architecture at Bilkent University.

Chen-Yu Chiu
/ Project Manager
Selin Şahin

Since January 2018, Selin has been working together with Dr. Chiu on the Centre. She has lead a team in conducting field studies in Reyhanlı within a participatory design framework and has worked on multiple design proposals for the Centre.

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Project Manager
Walid Abdi

After completing his previously interrupted (due to the Syrian civil war) education in Turkey, Walid has voluntarily worked in the immigration office in Ankara during which he helped establish the “Building Bridges for Refugee Children” organization.


Walid has also worked as a project assistant in the Norwegian Refugee Council, and as trainer in UNFPA where he worked with a younger audience about sexual and reproductive health.


He was an interviewer assistant in the International Labor Organization before he joined the Centre as a full-time manager in summer 2020.

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 Project Supervisor
Tuba Alvanoğlu

Tuba Alvanoğlu was born in Kars, Turkey and holds degrees in management, finance and media communications. She has worked as a journalist in multiple televised and print media (Milliyet, Hürriyet, Vatan,Hatay Radyo Televizyon, ...). She has also offered her services as a financial and political advisor. Her hobbies include travelling, going on nature walks and theatre. 



Artistic Director
Mehmet Duman

Mehmet Duran was born in Hatay in 1989. He completed my primary and secondary education in General Refet Bele primary school. He worked in different business sectors from a young age. He has been interested in photography for a while.

Artistic Director
Jou-Yi Chen


Jou-Yi CHEN was born in Taiwan (R.O.C.), has specializes in Chinese culture and aesthetics of ancient Chinese civilization.


Her international involvement reflects on attending the exhibition <Les Hivernales> held in Paris, participating the conferences, and traveling around 30 countries. Furthermore, she has three art related regions teaching licenses for high school level.


She is studying Ph.D of fine art in Hacettepe University in Turkey at the moment.