It’s Ezgi and Nasibe. We are architecture students at Istanbul Technical University. Last summer we attended a workshop-competition which is called Piranesi Prix de Roma 2019 (XVII_Edition) and mainly organized by The Adrianea Academy of Architecture and Archeology Onlus, in Italy.
We won this competition with our group after two weeks of hard work. As a result, Accademia Adrianea gave us %75 discount as the scholarship to participate in this itinerary master program in Architecture and Museography for Archaeology, Strategic Design and Innovative Management of Archaeological Heritage. There are 10 different archaeological heritage and workshop around the world for us to have site-specific aspects of architectural design to complete the master program.
However, we still need to pay %25 of the master fees(1500€ per person) and flights(3000€ per person) and accommodation(1500€ per person) for the workshops. But it is really hard for us to pay for these fees.
But after all, we want to participate in this master program because in the future we want to specialize in this topic and work all around the world especially in our country, Turkey. We can say that we aim to improve our design skills in musealisation in archaeological heritage sites.
You can follow us and our journey through our instagram pages: @ezgiuzumcu and @nasibenurdundar
We want to explain what this workshop-competition is about.
The Adrianea Academy of Architecture and Archaeology Onlus is a non-profit organization active in the field of research and training on the issues of enhancement and rehabilitation of cultural and archaeological heritage, which operates within a broad framework of institutional relations at an international level.
The Adrianea Academy in collaboration with some universities, as we mentioned before, announced the seventeenth edition of the “Villa Adriana International Museography Seminar Design Competition” and concurrently the “Premio Piranesi _Prix de Rome”, which took place at Villa Adriana, Tivoli and Rome from the 23rd of August to the 5th of September 2019.
During those two weeks, we worked as a team of 6 architectural students.
This design process experiment is focused on the relationship between two of the principal elements that constitute the image of Villa Adriana: Architecture and Water, seen in the direct complementary relation that not only defines some of the more important architectural experiences of the Villa, but that is at the heart of the choice of the site on which it is constructed, and the positional syntax of its pavilions. We also focused on designing surrounded landscape and did some graphic designs for Villa Adriana.
In the end, we won the first prize. We achieved to be in participate for The “Itinerant” Masters Degree Program in “Architecture and Museum Design for Archaeology – Innovative Design and Management of Archaeological Heritage” is offered by the Accademia Adrianea di Architettura e Archeologia Onlus (a non-profit, European educational organization) with 75% of discount for the winners.
In the context of an ever more demanding and inclusive program of sustainable design in the management of archaeological heritage, and in support of the political decisions maximizing the cultural offerings on the part of the institutions that are charged with their tutelage, the Itinerant Master’s Degree in “Architecture and Museum Design for Archaeology – Innovative Design and Management of Archaeological Heritage” is conceived as a program of study for specialization and professional development.
Its goal is the creation of competence, both specific and interdisciplinary at the same time, such as to facilitate the development of an operative, analytical, design and management relationship between architects and archaeologists. The key hinge in such a relationship is Museography or Museum Design; a design discipline whose goal is the improved awareness of, and utilization of cultural heritage, and in particular, archaeological sites. In particular, the Master’s program is intent on forming designers of visit paths in archaeological sites, museography professionals, management personnel for museums, foundations, and other institutions operative in the architectural, archaeological and cultural heritage sector.
It is organized around a unique educational formula that includes multiple sites in different locations where individual design workshops are held. Each workshop is methodologically autonomous, relating to the difference in approach in establishing a site-specific relationship between museum design, architecture and archaeology. The master’s degree program is composed of ten learning experiences situated in an equal number of important and prestigious international locations.
Also, an exchange is needed among the countries that are particularly sensitive about the conservation and exhibition of their patrimony, to activate an exchange of experiences that today is always more necessary to modernize competencies, to update legislative activity, as well as design and management practices.
Those locations are Rome, Paris, Berlin, Selinunte, Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Newcastle, Napoli, Cairo, Istanbul and Athens. It is so perfect to win a discount but the rest of the programme fee and the other expenditures are all belonged to us like the flight tickets and accommodation prices. Sadly, we can’t afford for all of them.
But we want to do this Master Program because we aim to focus on that topic in the future. It is so crucial to be informed and be aware of the heritage sites, values of the past and finding sustainable design solutions to develop the quality of the past and merge with the present by using architecture and archaeology. Trying to make those cultural inheritance sites into more charming spaces for the society especially in a country like Turkey which is loaded with significant archaeological sites.
We are appreciated and thank you very much for supporting us and being a part of it to make our dreams come true.