Scientific Committee

Ioana ZACHARIAS VULTUR, Assist.Prof. Dr. Arch. – former member of the Department of History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation, ”Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest, former coordinator and editor-in-chief of CSAV Journal (2012-2024).

Associate academic staff at the Architecture English Section, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, “George Emil Palade” University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Târgu-Mureș, OAR member & Zeppelin magazine editor, ARGUMENT magazine reviewer

Kázmér KOVÁCS, Prof., Dr. Arch. – Sapientia University, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences, Tg. Mures, Department of Horticulture, associate member of the Department of History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation, ”Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest, visiting teacher at ENSAPLV Paris

Miklós KÖLLŐ, Assoc. Teacher, Arch. , UAUIM PhD. Candidate – Larix Studio mentor, „Landscape & landscape architecture, cultural heritage” teacher at Sapientia University, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences, Tg. Mures, Department of Horticulture, member of various OAR, RUR and Architecture juries and boards, National Architecture Biennials nominee, Ministry of Culture specialist, author of „Ghidul de arhitectură pentru încadrarea în specificul rural din mediul rural – zona Secuime”. 

Christoph MACHAT – member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS

PhD, Dr. h.c. mult., Assoc. Professor, art historian, 1972-2011 working in State Conservation Offices (1972-73 Romania, since 1974 Germany – Bavaria and Rhineland), numerous lectures at international conferences, teaching activities at the universities of Köln, Bonn, Guatemala, ICCROM Rome, Ion Mincu-Bucharest, since 1998 University of Babes-Bolyai Cluj Napoca – postgraduate studies in conservation; more than 200 publications, several distincitions, editor of the „Topography of Historic Monuments“ both in the Rhineland and in Transylvania – with the results of the documentation of the saxon settlements (coordinated 1991-1998); since 1978 member of ICOMOS, co-author of the „Charter on the Built Vernacular Heritage“ of ICOMOS (1999), former president and honorary member of CIAV, 2008-2017 member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS International, since 2010 editor of the „ICOMOS Heritage at Risk World Reports on Monuments and Sites in Danger“.

Paula POPOIU, Assoc.Prof.Dr. General manager of ”Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, Bucharest, ethnologist, museographer, scientific researcher 1, expert in ethnographic cultural goods and since 2012, expert evaluator of mobile cultural goods.  She graduated from the Faculty of Art History and Theory (UNARTE) and is specialised in the issue of open-air museums, eco-museums, cultural heritage records, cultural management, in Romania, France, Belgium. Doctor in history, Magna Cum Laudae, from the University of Bucharest (2000). Founding member of the Association of Open Air Museums in Romania (president since 2007), member of the A.E.O.M. board (European Association of Open Air Museums), Association of Ethnological Sciences in Romania (general secretary 2004 – 2006). She was recognised with several awards and distinctions: Education Award granted by Radio Romania Cultural (2008), two awards from the “Peasants Foundation,, (2010) for cultural anthropology and for the book Anthropology of Dobrogea, a medal by the Royal House of Romania with the “King Mihai for Loyalty” medal, by the Royal House of Belgium with the “Chevalier de l`Ordre de la Curonne” distinction, 2019 – National Order Of Faithful Service” granted by the President of Romania,2019 – “Patriarchal Cross” for the entire activity put at the service of the cultural and traditional values; 2017 ”The Northern Cross”, granted by the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe. 

Scientific researches (selection):

After 1990, projects initiated and coordinated within the Museums and Collections Directorate in the Ministry of Culture, as collaborator and/or coordinator of national teams (Dobrogea, Roşia Montană, Apuseni Mountains – stone architecture etc.); Ethnic communities in Romania, 2005, awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs; Traditional habitat and vernacular architecture, 2005 – 2010; Traditional mentality and urban inhabitation structures – 2005 – 2006; Researches on TurkoTartars in Dobrogea, for identifying and purchasing representative objects for the culture of this ethnicity; Index of monuments with vernacular architecture in Romania –multi-annual program, 2003 – 2010; MUSEUM PATRIMONY RESEARCH – Village Museum Archives, published in RESTITUTIO serial, starting with year 2005 Development of standardising techniques and search and retrieval methods for creating and exploiting text and audio-visual digital archives – DIGIARH; Project coordinator in cooperation with ITC (Institute for Computing Technique);„Power of fire”, financed by the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs; Rom(a)Nor Interferences –SEE founds .etc.

She is the author or coordinator of over 30 published scientific works – extensive studies, catalogues and author’s volumes, between 1991-2011.

Martin RILL, H.C. Assoc. Prof.  at Pecs University, historiographer, archeologist and museographer, with research interest and activities related to the history of Transylvanian Middle Age, Central Europe and Transylvania in general. Professor Rill has been a museographer at the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu (1976-1989), a scientific researcher at Siebenbürgisch-Sächsischer Kulturrat Gundelsheim am Neckar (Germany), the main scientific researcher at the Danube Swabian Central Museum in Ulm (Germany) and during 2012-2017, the director of the Romanian-L-Bank Stuttgart relation office and the coordinator of the Romanian Honorific Consulate in Stuttgart.

He has participated in the archeology sites of Vurpăr, Cârța, Șura Mică all in Sibiu county, in over 60 symposiums, national and international conferences. Prof. Rill has organised over 30 exhibitions in Romania, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria. He lectured at institutions and universities in Germany, Italy, Hungary and Luxembourg. Between 2000 and 2012 he was a founding member of the directing counsel of the Deutsch-Rumänisches Forum, consultant for the Romania-Baden Württemberg government commission (2001-2017), member of the directing counsel of the International Danube Festival in Ulm and since 1989 he is a member of the Arbeitskreis für Siebenbürgische Landeskunde e. V. Heidelberg (The Transylvanian Studies Circle), as well as many other.

Through his research activity, prof.Rill contributed at the knowledge of the Romanian material culture and durable documentation and conservation of Romanian architectural heritage. He has a rich publication activity, both individually and in collaboration: 20 volumes, over 25 exhibition catalogs, 27 research papers in Romanian and German professional publications.

Vlad GAIVORONSKI, Prof.PhD.Arch. at the Architecture Faculty of „Politehnica” Technical University Timisoara since 1990, teaching Architectural Theory and project; present in international and national publications and sites with articles and projects, published five books and monographies.

-Partner at Andreescu & Gaivoronschi architects since 1990;  over 60 realized projects, over 50 national and international prizes and nominations.

-President of Romanian Order of Architects O.A.R., Timiș County (2010-2018).

-Exhibitions in Timișoara, Bucharest, Cluj, Sibiu, at The International Architecture Biennial in Venice in 1991 and 1996,  in Tokyo, London, Budapest, Leipzig, Szeged, Thesaloniki, Istanbul, Viena, Bruxelles, Barcelona, Singapore, Berlin, Seoul, Frankfurt.

-Member in The Steering PPC- Professional Practice Comission of U.I.A. – International Union of Architects, coautor of the aspirational guide „The Value of Architecture enhancing The Quality of Life”, adopted at the UIA Congress in Seul 2017

Diana BELCI has a PhD in Architecture from the University “Ion Mincu” Bucharest with a POSDRU visiting scholarship at L’école nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-Belleville(Ensa-PB) in 2009-2010. Currently she is a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and City Planning in Timişoara, UPT, where she teaches History of Architecture and Heritage Conservation. She is also the president of the NGO Asociaţia pentru Patrimoniu Activ-PACT (Association for Active Heritage-PACT)

Her professional interests are related to the study, conservation and safeguarding of historical heritage. This interest was shaped by multiple studies and articles published in several journals in Romania and abroad, but also by coordinating or participating in a series of projects such as: Casa cu Har. Summer School of Restoration (PACT, NGO project), in Topîrcea, Sibiu, Banat Ambulance for Monuments (Europa Nostra Prize 2020) , FORCOPAR 2 Formation Professionnelle à distance en archeologie industrielle (conservation/recoversion) de la faisabilitéà l’operationnalité, From Riverbed to Seashore.Art on the Move in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period (Harvard,Getty Foundation), Wooden Churches in Banat (Asociation of Lanscape Architects in Romaia), Rural Cemeteries of Banat(AFCN), etc.

Cosmin C. RUSU, Assistant Prof. at Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Department of Medieval, Early Modern and Art History,

Medieval/Early Modern Archaeology & Cultural Heritage Expert (Expert Archaeologist; Licence no. AM-E-348)

Cultural – Business – Sports Tourism Professional (National Tour Guide; Licence n0. 2564/14.09.2005)

Areas of scientific interest: Everyday Life and Medieval and Premodern Material Culture; History and Culture of the Transylvanian Saxons; Central European Urban History; CulturalHeritage Management; Cultural Tourism

Applied research: Medieval, Premodern and Monumental Archeology; Historical, Art History and Cultural Heritage Studies; Cultural Heritage Management; Cultural Tourism

Relationship with the socio-economic environment: Archaeological field research, Historical and art history studies for archaeological sites and historical monuments; Consultancy, specialised lectureships and national/international guided tours in the field of cultural, business and sports tourism; Consultancy for the elaboration of development financing programs and projects in the field of capitalisation of cultural heritage resources; Popularisation of research results (monographs, guidebooks, albums, brochures, etc.)

Carmina GHEORGHIȚĂ, PhD. Arch. – Erasmus Coordinator, „G.M. Cantacuzino” Faculty of Architecture, „Gh.Asachi” Technical University of Iași. She is an architect, landscape and urban designer. Currently she is lecturer within the Department of urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture, the Technical University of Iasi, where she teaches Landscape Design and Theory of Research. She holds a PhD in the field of Architecture, and her theoretical concerns include the phenomenon of contemporary sacred space architecture, new theories of contemporary architecture, landscape design, architectural and landscape rehabilitation, and conservation.  These interests were shaped by multiple studies and articles published in several journals in Romania and abroad. During the years, Carmina Gheorghita has held permanent and visiting teaching positions at regional and international universities. She is currently working on publishing her first book on sacred space; she authored articles in refereed journals and numerous papers in conference proceedings and delivered lectures and presentations in countries around Europe.

Carmina Gheorghiță is also involved in cultural projects in the field of architecture and architecture education, being very active in organizing cultural events, but also being an active member of the association De-a arhitectura, since 2014, in which she works as a volunteer for its programs. Currently, she is the regional coordinator for de-a arhitectura activities in South-East area of Romania. Her design activity includes numerous projects belonging to the housing program, but also to the tourist and leisure facilities, interior design and landscape design.

Stefano D’AVINO, Prof. arch. has a Master degree in “Study and restoration of monuments” obtained at “Sapienza” University of Rome; Ph.D. in “History of architecture”. Since 2000 professor in “Architectural Restoration” at the University of Chieti-Pescara. Associate Guest Professor at University of Bucarest.

Carries out research activities in the field of history of architecture and monument conservation, publishing various papers on the subject; also involved in the project sector of architectural restoration as responsible for numerous restoration interventions.

Main publications: Restoration in Italy between the 20th and 21st centuries. Re-creation, interpretation, conservation, 2011; Il sisma e la memoria. L(’imprescindibile) conservazione del tessuto urbano dei centri storici, Opus 3/2019; Restoration in Romania. Theory and practice, 2020.


Gabriel PANASIU, Lect., Dr. Arch. – Department of History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation, ”Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest

Scientific counselor: 

Ligia FULGA, Dr. Rsr. Ethnographer is the former director of the Etnographic Museum Braşov, a Metropolitan Museum New York USA on conservation and museology alumnae, DAAD fellowship alumnae, member of „L’Europe. Civilisation du pain” Association, member of ICOMOS-CIAV since 2010, member of the National Museums and Collections Comission since 2001, former president of the Romanian Ethnologic Sciences Association (10 prizes and distinctions), „George Oprescu” prize of the Romanian Academy in 2004, coordinator of research projects, author of a rich variety of books and documentary films out of which we mention „Sticla transilvăneană în sec. XVII-XVIII. Soluții tehnice și tendințe artistice” and the well known „Sașii transilvăneni despre ei înșiși / Siebenbürger Sachen über sich selbst”