Dirim Dinçer studied architecture at Middle East Technical University and completed her master studies in Architectural Design at Istanbul Bilgi University where she also worked as a teaching assistant contributing to the architectural design studios, and theory and critique classes. Since graduating, her practice as an architecture researcher and editor has developed around critique, curatorial practice and publishing with a focus on the cultural representation of architecture, spatial justice and politics of visual culture and media. These interests have led her to gain experience in other ways of practising architecture through biennales, exhibitions, workshops, and media platforms dealing with inclusive spatial imaginations. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Borders and Territories research group at Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft. Her research interests include the use of visual representation as a tool to counter-act restrictive, oppressive, normative, dominant and chronologically, spatially or sequentially linear orders. And in her PhD research, situated in Izmir and Gaziantep metropolitan regions as two border zones of Turkey within the scope of forced migration, she explores modes of representing the migrant territories as an assemblage of geopolitical apparatuses, spatial and bordering practices, built and non-built environments. Her project suggests a critical reformulation of the “atlas” as a tool for spatial investigation to collect complex, multiple and fragmented spatial conditions of such territory.
Gökçe Önal is a PhD candidate at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture with the research group Border & Territories. She received her B.Arch. from Istanbul Technical University and her M.Arch. from Middle East Technical University, with a thesis exploring the impact of aerial photography on Istanbul's urban transformation. Following a brief involvement with office work, she started working as a research assistant in METU, where she taught between 2013-16. She continued with teaching activities in TU Delft (2016–17) and contributed to the development of a TU Delft-based MOOC project ‘Means of Architectural Design’ (2017–19). Her doctoral research investigates remote sensing practices in relation to the developing cultures of architecture, following the onset of digitisation in aerial surveillance. She studies the image not as a screen phenomenon, but rather as an ecology mobilized by operations of sensing, data processing and algorithmic translations. Her research thus aims to find a productive ground between media theory and architectural studies — by considering the apparatuses, systems and processes of digital image making as the setting from which to reframe questions of aerial visuality in architecture theory in the age of ubiquitous surveillance.
Grazia Tona is an Italian architect graduated from the School of Architecture and Design Eduardo Vittoria of the University of Camerino, in Ascoli Piceno. Along with an educational background mainly related to technologies of construction, Grazia has developed an interest in the field of architecture theory and interdisciplinary research. She is based in the Netherlands since 2016, where she has gained experience in the field of architecture design and research. At present, Grazia is carrying out a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology, and she is member of the research group Borders & Territories. Currently in her second year of doctoral studies, Grazia is exploring the spatial effects of the interaction between militarization of space and migratory tactics, along contested border zones. Her PhD project aims at testing the potential of the discipline of architecture, its tools of analysis and spatial representation to build a systemic and multilayered research model. Bridging theoretical and empirical research, the model proposes to examine legislative dimension, symbolic values, and every day practices along and across national borders as a process of space production.