Aliye Mentesh

BArch MSc(Hist. Conservation)

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Aliye completed her first degree in Architecture at Eastern Mediterranean University/North Cyprus in 2005 with high honours and became a member of the Chamber of Turkish Cypriot Architects. The same year she moved to Oxford and undertook the MSc Historic Conservation course (Oxford Brookes University negotiated programme with the University of Oxford Continuing Education Department). She wrote her dissertation on Adaptive Re-use of Ottoman Hans and completed the course with a merit. After getting professional experience in historic conservation and architecture fields through working for several practices in London, she came back to Oxford Brookes University in 2009 to start her PhD.

Being very passionate about historic conservation and regeneration; Aliye is focusing on sustainable tourism-led rural regeneration as a tool for conserving cultural heritage and architectural traditions: the case of Cyprus in its regional context in her PhD. Her Director of Studies is Dr Aylin Orbasli and her second supervisor is Prof Brian Goodey. Aliye was funded by the EU Scholarship Programme for the first year of her PhD.

Apart from seminars and exhibitions she participated at the University, she also presented her research in the 'International Conference: Sustainable tourism: Issues, debates & challenges' in April 2010 in Crete.

Her research interests include rural/urban regeneration through conservation and sustainable tourism and adaptive re-use of traditional buildings in historic settlements. Aliye's future plans after completing her PhD are taking an academic position and/or working in a practice where she can combine her academic experience with real life projects.

Aliye Mentesh

Aliye studied MSc Historic Conservation with the Department of Planning. PhD Thesis title: Sustainable tourism-led rural regeneration as a tool for conserving cultural heritage and architectural traditions: the case of Cyprus in its regional context