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The conference hosts are Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Faculty of Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning and Research Center.

About ITU

ITU is a state university and defines and continues to update methods of engineering and architecture in Turkey. It provides its students with modern educational facilities while retaining traditional values, as well as using its strong international contacts to mold young, talented individuals who can compete in the global arena.

ITU was established in 1773, during the time of the Ottoman Sultan Mustafa III. With its original name “Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Humayûn”, The Royal School of Naval Engineering, its responsibility was to educate chart masters and ship builders. In 1847, education in the field of architecture was also introduced.

Gaining university status in 1928, the Engineering Academy continued to provide education in the fields of engineering and architecture until it was incorporated into ITU in 1944. Finally, in 1946, ITU became an autonomous university which included the Faculties of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

ITU has about 20000 students, more than 2000 academic staff in 5 institutions, 12 faculties, 1 higher school for vocal training, a conservatory, a foreign languages school and 26 research centers and groups as well as a continuous education center and a distant learning center.

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