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International Building Biology Forum took place for the first time in Turkey on 27 April 2019 with the partnership of IBN- Building Biology and Sustainability Institute Germany and ANAB- Building Biology Association Italy. Having the main focus of ‘Healthy Buildings and Living Spaces’, the Forum main themes were ‘Buildings effects on human physiology and psychology’, ‘Healthy building examples throughout the world’ and ‘Importance of building – human relationship in the context of public health’. The first part of the Forum included presentations and the panel session, in the second part there were three-discussion groups that approached different topics under the agenda of disseminating building biology know-how and finally presented the outcomes.

120 people from 10 different cities of Turkey participated to the Forum; there were also expert speakers from 4 different countries. While most of the participants were architects, there were experts from the fields of medicine, building and environmental engineering, education, sociology, etc. The Forum venue was visitor center of the Yeşilova Mound, which is the prehistoric settlement area of İzmir. The entrance hall of the center, its auditorium and meeting rooms were used for the event. At the end of Forum, Associate Professor Zafer Derin, the excavation head and the director of the visitor center, guided the participants through the exhibition and excavation areas.





Opening speeches started with the inaugural speech of Merve Titiz Akman, co-founder of YBE, who spoke about the intention of the Forum and thanked the stakeholders, voluntary supporters and sponsors of the Forum. Then M. Arch. Evren Başbuğ, the architect of the Yeşilova Mound Visitor Centre and representative of İzmir Chamber of Commerce 70’th Architect Group, made an opening speech about the importance of focusing on human and environmental health in the building design process. Later on, the hosting venue director Associate Professor Zafer Derin made a presentation about building types found in the excavation of Yeşilova Mound, which is the prehistoric settlement area of İzmir and some activities in the visitor centre.



Winfried Schneider, the director of IBN, in his presentation spoke about the activities of IBN in the local and through its international network. Afterwards And Akman, co-founder of YBE, explained building biology principles and talked about the Institute activities in Turkey, later he also presented the features of flagship building called ‘Kadıovacık Biohouse’ which is also partly used as YBE central office. Later, Dr. Siegfried Camana, as the honorary president of ANAB and the one who helped increase building biology literacy internationally, spoke about the holistic approach behind the knowledge of building biology and how much it helps the integrity of human soul and body together with the natural environment. Prof. Dr. Tsuneo Ishikawa, on the other hand, pointed to the architectural works in Japan designed and applied with building biology approach and explained how different features of these projects contribute to socio-cultural, environmental and aesthetic sustainability in his presentation. Besides being the founder of BIJ- Building Biology Institute Japan, Prof. Dr. Tsuneo Ishikawa continues his academic works focused on human health oriented architecture and natural building technics. Nurgül Ece, building biologist and architect, presented selected buildings’ features from the book ‘Building Biology: Criteria and Architectural Design’ which she edited.


As the representative of Forbo Flooring Türkiye, which was one of the primary sponsors, architect and Product Development Manager Sevda Sevimlier presented the company’s sustainability vision and how they reflect this vision to their production process and she also spoke about Marmoleum collection which is constituted of %97 natural materials. As the representative of the other primary sponsor İzmir Chamber of Commerce, M. Arch. Evren Başbuğ made an opening speech. The secondary sponsors; Turgutlu Brick and Tile Manufacturers Association, presented by its president Dr. Gökhan Görçiz, Işıklar Building Materials presentation is made by Technical Product Manager, M. Arch. Funda Algın and Hart Keramik’s Lemix brand is presented by marketing manager Hans Peter Schatz.



The panel discussion, targeted to the ‘Dissemination of Building Biology Knowledge’ has been moderated by Md. PhD. Uğur Özkutlu who was senior executive for long period in pharmaceutical industry and has numerous referenced academic works in neuroscience field. He posed two main questions to the panelists: ‘what can you tell us based on your study and work experiences focused on Health Literacy’, What are the relationships of generally speaking health proposals and building biology from your point of view, and if there are examples of communication models built in your geography concerning this area, what are your opinions about them?

Prof. Dr. Sibel Sakarya and Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Abel respectively answered these questions in their presentations (1. presentation and 2. presentation) where they also spoke about recent progress in public health realm. Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Abel’s major research program addresses issues of social stratification and inequalities in health and health behaviors. Prof. Dr. Sibel Sakarya’s major areas of interest include epidemiology and management of chronic diseases, health promotion and migration health. Prof. Dr. Tsuneo Ishikawa as the third panelist, answered the same questions according to his study and experiences in Japan.


Winfried Schneider

And Akman

Siegfried Camana

Tsuneo Ishikawa

Nurgül Ece



The participants were separated to 3-discussion groups which were moderated by the expert speakers. These groups approached to the below subjects:

Group A subject: Importance of materials and design decisions in reaching wellbeing

Group B subject: Sustainable strategies for building biology in different socio-cultural environments.

Group C subject: Dissemination of building biology knowledge and conciousness: ways to increase literacy in this field.

Important aspects of the discussions were harvested by the reporters and after the group parallel meetings participants came together in the auditorium where the group representatives presented summary of discussion to all the participants.


Building biologists, researchers and specialists on natural buildings and materials will take part as speakers and participants at the Forum.

Dr. And Akman

Co-founder and director of YBE

Dr. And Akman

And Akman continues his academic and architectural works on building biology and ecology since 1990. He started his professional education in 1981 at Mimar Sinan University, then carried on in New York University and Institut für Baubiologie + Ökologie. He realized worldwide ecological architecture projects and building applications in the Office of Lichtblick Architecture for 17 years, then he returned to Turkey in 2007 and become a founding partner of eds-a architecture where he continued his international architecture projects and applications in between 2008-2019. He also consulted as one of the specialists to the UN project the years 2012-2014: 'Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Turkey'. He spearheaded the start of modern earthen architecture project class in Selçuk University in 2014 and continued his lectures there for 2,5 years. He initiated Building Biology elective class, and gave lectures on this subject at MEF University in between 2016-2017, for two semesters. Since 2017, he continues his lectures in sustainable architecture studio at İzmir Economy University. He is doing various trainings and workshops on ecological materials and construction methodologies and participates as guest speaker in several conferences in this field. His articles and papers on building biology and ecology have been issued in national and international publications. Meanwhile, relying on his long standing relationships with IBN, he co-founded Building Biology and Ecology Institute Turkey- YBE in 2015. Since then, as the director of YBE, he is actively carrying out his responsibilities.

Dr. Siegfried Camana

Honorary President of ANAB

Dr. Siegfried Camana

Studied architecture in Rome and Venice. He is the founding member and honorary president of Italian Building Biology Association – ANAB. He continues his pioneering works for the dissemination of nature conscious, human centered and sustainable architecture for 30 years. Besides European Union countries, he gave seminars, made workshops and presentations in conferences in various countries such as Russia, Brazil, Cuba. He took charges in Building Biology Science and Assessment Committees.

Prof. Dr. Tsuneo Ishikawa

Founder of BIJ and Professor at Maebashi Institute

Prof. Dr. Tsuneo Ishikawa

Studied architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo, assisted Prof. Agematsu at the Tokai University in between 1987-1997. Being DAAD scholarship holder at the TU Munich in between 1991-93, he was promoted in Waseda University, Tokyo in 1995. Since 1997 he is lecturer at the Maebashi Institute of Technology where he became professor in 2001. Since 2004 he also run the Architectural office; Bio-House-Japan. In 2005 he founded the Building Biology Institute of Japan (BIJ), and became building biology expert after completing IBN BBC course in 2011.

His literary work: “Rammed clay as the earth building of the future” 2017, “Style synthesis, the theory of architecture in the German 19th century.” 2017

His translations to Japanes language;
Form-Drawing by Rudolf Kutzli (1997-98), Pathways to Healthy Building (Holger König, 2000), 25 basic principles of building biology (Anton Schneider 2003), Building biology in practice in Japan (2006)
Editor, magazine “Building Biology” (BIJ) since 2005, no.1~56

His architectural works;
Arai Children's Hospital, Takasaki (2001),
Yawata Kindergarten, Takasaki (2010)

Winfried Schneider

Director of IBN

Winfried Schneider, Architekt and Director of the Institute of Building Biology + Sustainability IBN

After his apprenticeship in carpentry and architectural studies in Munich, Winfried Schneider established an architectural office in Rosenheim in 1990 together with his wife Karin Hick, architect. They carried out all building processes and finishing constructions from planning and design of new buildings and renovations, always having the building biology approach in mind.

Parallel, he was also involved at the "Institute for Building Biology + Sustainability IBN“, established by his father Prof. PhD Anton Schneider in 1983, formerly located in Neubeuern, now in Rosenheim / Germany. Since 2010 he is managing director of IBN, being responsible for the content of the state-recognized correspondence course of Building Biology IBN, the magazine "Wohnung + Gesundheit“ (Living + Health) and the newly launched online information portal He also conducts seminars, lectures or advises clients and construction companies.

He is particularly interested in the promotion of creative crafts, the realization of eco-social community projects and, above all, the commitment to a healthy, nature-loving, mentally and socially oriented constructions and living culture.

Prof. Dr. Sibel Sakarya

Koç University School of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Sibel Sakarya

After graduating from Ege University Faculty of Medicine in İzmir (1989), Dr. Sakarya has completed her specialist training on Public Health at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine. She has got her Public Health master degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1998 and her master degree in Medical Education from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 2006.
She worked in Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health between 1996 and 2018. Since 2018 she has been working at Koç University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. Her major areas of interest include epidemiology and management of chronic diseases, health promotion and migraton health.
Since 2011 she is a member of the National Medical Education Accreditation Board (UTEAK). She has been Chief Editor of Turkish Journal of Public Health since 2009.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Abel

Professor of Health Research at the University of Bern

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Abel

Thomas Abel is Professor for Health Research at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland ( ). A Medical Sociologist with a focus on structure-agency perspectives, his major research program addresses issues of social stratification and inequalities in health and health behaviours.

Prior to his appointment in Bern he was Professor for Public Health and Epidemiology, Dep. of Medicine at the Ludwig-Maximillians-University, Munich, FRG (1993 - 95), Lecturer and Research Assistant in Medical Sociology, Dep. of Medicine at the Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany (1986 - 93) and Teaching and Research Assistant, Dep. of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (1984 – 86). His academic degrees include a Habilitation at Philipps-University in Marburg (Dep. of Medicine, 1993), a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (Dep. of Sociology) in 1989, a Master’s (1980) and a Dr.phil. (1984) degree from the Justus Liebig-University in Giessen (Dep. of Sports Science). He has been a visiting Professor at Univ. de Montreal in 2005 (Dép. de médicine sociale et préventive) and at UBC Vancouver in 2012 (Dep. of Sociology) and visiting researcher at Stanford University in 2019.

Thomas Abel has published widely on theoretical and empirical challenges in social science applied in Public Health
As Editor-in-Chief he has led the International Journal of Public Health from 2000 until 2011. He has also served as reviewer and advisor for major national and international research institutions and funding agencies.

Rasim Uğur Özkutlu, M.D, pHD

Medical Doctor, Academician, Former CEO and President, Professional Coach

Rasim Uğur Özkutlu M.D., PhD

Medical Doctor, Academician, Director for Novartis and Vice President in GE, Professional Coach, Consultant

Uğur Özkutlu has been completed his training in Cerrahpaşa Medical School, Marmara University Medical School and University of Iowa Medical School respectively. He has significant amount of scientific papers published in International Journals from his years of academic research. He has occupied executive manager positions in and out of Turkey in Pharma and Medical Tech. Companies. He has worked basically in Research & Development besides he took active role in product communication third party stake holders mainly governmental bodies.

Starting from last year he is providing training, coaching and consultancy for private companies and governmental bodies.

Nurgül Ece

Architect, building biologist

Nurgül Ece continues reporting on building biology-based contemporary architecture since her studies at the Institute for Building Biology and Sustainability (Institut für Baubiologie und Nachhaltigkeit IBN) at Rosenheim in 2014 to 2015. She launched her career as an architect in Germany and Turkey after graduation from RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Universität Aachen) in 1999. Having worked on multiple international large scale projects, she co-directed the country office of HPP Architects in Istanbul. Immersing in ecological studies, she dedicated her time to creating and publishing an architectural book on building biology by emphasizing the approach of connecting sustainability and design - She skillfully presented a variety of constructions according to building biology criteria merging with esthetic architectural design. Nurgül Ece is engaged in associations of building biology (Verband Baubiologie) and Cradle to Cradle (C2C e.V.) and partly working as an architect at a Buddhist and Ecological Centre in Berlin where she continues establishing building biology standards in planning.


Together with experts’ presentations and idea exchanges in discussion groups, the Forum content is enriched with side events like Architectural visits to Natural Buildings in the vicinity and Natural Building Materials Exhibition. IBN and BIJ- Building Biology Institute Japan publications gave wide coverage to The Forum content.




In the scope of the Forum, an architectural trip has been organized to 4 buildings designed and constructed/in construction with building biology and ecology focus. These buildings located in Kadıovacık and Birgi villages of Urla were: Kadıovacık Bio-house, Nest House, DSD Hut and E-G Architecture Atelier and Farm.


Yeşilova Mound Visitor Centre

Yeşilova visitor Centre was found as an appropriate venue for the Forum not only because of its adequate capacity considering its entrance hall, auditorium and additional rooms but also with its particular atmosphere assured by its modern architecture that is specifically designed to demonstrate the excavation of the prehistoric settlement of Izmir.

Adress: Karacaoğlan Mahallesi, 6253. Sk. No.15, 35100 Bornova/İzmir