Post Conference Report

Girne/Kyrenia: Communicating Across Cultures | Past, Present & Future

Girne / Kyrenia: Communicating Across Cultures; 29 September – 02 October 2016 is now history!  

Over the course of the next few months the planning team will be working with the student teams, local press and attendees to share more detailed information.  Until then we are pleased to report that the event was a great success.

The theme of the event was sustainable urban/rural transformation to reverse the effects of neglect; the why and how, the importance of including all stakeholders in the discussion, and the importance of governance to aid change in policy by local leaders.  The event provided 19.75 CES learning units + 4 for the Monday extension.  12.5 are HSW.

Click here for photos and links to program details.

Registration started slow, but ended very strong with many local architects, academics and interested members of the community registering on Thursday afternoon before the event kicked off.  There were about 80 registered guests when the planning team was forced to close registration due to limited space at many of the venues.  The event also registered 10 new international associate members, who are already looking forward to future events.

Email info@aiaeurope.org to request a copy of the conference attendee roster.

The budget was managed well and the event should close its books with a profit of over €15,000.00.  This is due to strong local sponsorship of about €11,000.00 and registration fees of €14,350.00.  Local sponsors: Girne Municipality – Mayor Nidai Gungordu, Girne American University, Arabahmet Art & Cultural Center, Kibris Amerikan University, Acapulco Resort Convention Spa Hotel, Cyprus International University, Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Ministry of National Education and Culture.

The conference enjoyed the continued support from AIACE sponsoring partners: Schüco, Sipral, Dip Tech, Swisspearl, Laufen Bathrooms, and Graphisoft.  A special thank you goes out to Graphisoft and Laufen Bathrooms for their extra support for the student design and ideas competition for the adaptive reuse of the Old Bazaar ‘Bandabuliya’ in old town Girne/Kyrenia.  

The 4 student teams had the opportunity to present their finished projects to the Girne/Kyrenia Mayor Gungordu. The Mayor was greatly impressed by all the student’s work and stated that he is committed to using the ideas of the projects to revitalize his city!

Detailed documentation of the team projects will be posted soon.