Tuğba Salman Gürcan

Tugba Salman Gurcan
Tugba Salman Gurcan received her BA degree in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design from Bilkent University, Ankara in 2008. She did further graduate work at University of East London and received her MA degree in Architecture: Sustainability and Design in 2010.  As Student Representative she played an active role at her master course. In her first term, Tugba worked alongside with her tutor; Stephen Choi on a live building project (Darrick Wood Social Housing- Retrofit for the Future – Broadway Malyan) where she undertook exercises that included meeting clients and carrying out environmental modeling to access the feasibility of retrofitting an existing social house to meet very difficult energy and comfort standards. Also she has worked for her course director; Sofie Pelsmakers‘ book ‘The Environmental Design Pocketbook’ as one of her 5 student reviewers. The book was published by RIBA in March 2012.

After finishing her master education, she took the Certified European Passivhaus Design Consultant Training course at the BRE-UK which is leading to CEPH Designer certification. She is the first Certified Passivhaus Designer of Turkey.

Since 2010 she has been working with German Passivhaus Designer; Roland Matzig as her assistance and the Turkey Agent of his practice; r-m-p architects and engineers. She has been a member of the design team and worked in several Passivhaus schemes. Single-family house in Nidderau- Germany, Passivhaus in Istanbul and Gaziantep Human Resource Center are some these projects.

She has attended to many conferences related to sustainable buildings and presented her papers and projects. These are listed as;

UK Student Passivhaus Conference – London – September 2010

PLEA 2011 (Passive Low Energy Architecture) – Brussels – July 2011

SET 2011 (Sustainable Energy Technologies) – Istanbul – September 2011

TTMD X. International HVAC + R Technology Symposium – Istanbul – May 2012

Yeşil İş (Passivhaus) – İstanbul – October 2012

Ecobuild (Gaziantep Municipality Passivhaus Project) – London – March 2013

She is the founder member and the chair of Zero Energy and Passive House Association of Turkey which is a pre-affiliated organization of IPHA – Passivhaus Institute.