Past Event

WBYA? Who Builds Your Architecture?

November 2, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Speakers: Kadambari Baxi, Kıvanç Eliaçık, Elif İnce, Beth Styker, Mabel Wilson.
Response by: Yaşar Adanalı

Venue: Studio-X Istanbul (Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. 35A Salıpazarı, Istanbul)

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul and Studio-X Istanbul organize the first panel of the WBYA? series. This emerging coalition of architects, activists, scholars, and educators tackles this difficult and pressing question: who builds your architecture? to examine the links between labor, architecture and the global networks that form around building buildings. As major architectural projects unfold in the Middle-East, Asia, Africa and around the globe, and as increasingly architects from the US work abroad, we explore the ethical, social and political questions that emerge under these relatively new circumstances. From workers’ rights to construction practices to design processes to new technologies WBYA? investigates the role of architecture and architects: what it is and what it could be.

Speaker Biographies

Kadambari Baxi

Kadambari Baxi, Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture, has been on the Barnard faculty since 2005. She teaches architectural design studios, senior seminars, and special topics seminars. Professor Baxi is an architect engaged in an expanded architecture and media practice. Her current work focuses on design, new technologies, and global cultural relationships.

Kıvanç Eliaçık

Kıvanç Eliaçık is a trade unionist and writer and currently the Director of International Relations Department of DISK (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey). Studied Communications at Istanbul Bilgi University, he holds an M.A. in Labor Economics from Marmara University and an M.A. in Fine Arts from Dokuz Eylül University.

Elif İnce

Elif İnce is a freelance journalist whose reporting on urban and environmental issues has received awards from the Chamber of Architects and the Chamber of Urban Planners among others. She worked at Radikal daily previously and is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Beth Stryker

Beth Stryker works between NYC and Cairo and has curated exhibitions and programs for the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo, Beirut Art Center,  the AIA/Center for Architecture in NYC (where she held the position of Director of Programs), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among other venues.  Stryker received her B.A from Columbia University and her M.Arch from Princeton University. She is a founding partner of CLUSTER, a platform for art and design initiatives and urban research in downtown Cairo.

Mabel O. Wilson

Mabel Wilson received a doctorate in American Studies from NYU (2007), and an M. Arch from Columbia’s GSAPP (1991). As the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor at GSAPP, she directs the program for Advanced Architectural Research, co-directs the Global Africa Lab, and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies in GSAS. She teaches courses in architectural design, architectural theory, and visual cultural studies.

Yaşar Adanalı – respondent

Yaşar Adanalı is an urban activist and researcher. He has two urban blogs: and He teaches participatory planning courses at TU Darmstadt and Stuttgart University. Previously, he worked on development planning, research, and management in London, South America and Tanzania. He has a B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University and an M.A. in Development and Planning from University College London (UCL). His Ph.D. research is on spatial democracy and urban governance.