The Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (KMKD) is searching to appoint an Istanbul-based Conservation Architect to work with us in the delivery of “Heritage Skills for Capacity Building” project. carried out in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage, funded by British Council Cultural Protection Fund. For more info about the project please visit www.koruproject.org


KMKD’s activities are pursued with the understanding that the cultural assets created by different communities of Anatolia are the richness of Turkey and cultural heritage of all humanity. KMKD aims at expanding the knowledge, skills and expertise required for understanding the values of the cultural heritage and taking the necessary measures for their protection.


What KMKD does:

Community engagement, learning and training, including development of educational materials around conservation projects, heritage interpretation, and sustainability of historic sites.

Documentation and risk assessment reports for architectural heritage under risk and conservation projects for their protection.

Creating public awareness at local and national levels and calling on public authorities to take better and comprehensive action in this field, with the objective of transmitting cultural heritage for future generations.

Bringing together and strengthening communication between individuals and institutions which practice in this field and cooperating with national and international organizations through projects.


We are looking to appoint a Conservation Architect for the delivery of the KORU project in Mardin and Hatay. Please see details of main duties below.


Main Duties:

  • Succesful delivery of the energy efficient conservation of the ‘Tamirevi’ in Mardin as a part of the KORU project.
  • Organising and monitoring building, renovation and conservation work in the ‘Tamirevi’.
  • Manage coordination between stakeholders, consultants, and project partners.
  • Recruiting, supervising and motivating staff and volunteers in the restoration.
  • Balancing the preservation of the sites while also ensuring the project is sustainable.
  • Designing and analysing visitor feedback surveys.
  • Promoting the concept of sustainability to the public, colleagues and fellow professionals through planned activities.
  • Planning, organizing, carrying out and evaluating the site visits and workshops.
  • Deliver the events successfully, on time and within budget.
  • Work with colleagues and external partners to organize speakers, experts.
  • Provide regular contributions for the website and social media platforms.
  • Contribute to the wider KMKD agenda by applying expertise to other parts of our organisation.


Skills & experience - Essential

  • A master’s degree in architectural conservation, or B.Arch degree with minimum 5 years of experience in conservation.
  • Research and work experience in conservation sites.
  • Experience in event management, ideally in an international context.
  • Experience in establishing partnerships.
  • Demonstrable presentation and organizational skills.
  • Efficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, GIS softwares.
  • Fluency in Turkish and English (oral and written).
  • No restrictions in travelling.
  • No military obligations for male candidates for the next 12 months.


Skills & experience - Desirable

  • Knowledge of universal and national good practices in the heritage management sector.
  • Experience in cultural heritage projects in Turkey.
  • Knowledge in sustainable development in historic preservation


Behaviours & abilities

  • Organizational and planning skills.
  • Networking and communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, yet also to work as a part of a team.
  • Ability to manage a number of tasks simultaneously.


Specifications and Requirements

Duration: from December 2018 till March 2020


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 6 November and interviews will take place in early November at the KMKD Office.


The work will commence immediately in December following the interviews and the appointment.


Please send the application form,your CV and a letter of motivation (max 2 pages) to basvuru@kmkd.org until 6PM on
October 31  2018.