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Alumni bring Turks and Armenians together for joint initiative

Professional workshops focus on environmental sustainability.
Turkish and Armenian students discussing workshop results.
Turkish and Armenian students discussing workshop results.
Photo: Alen Amirkhanian

In December, two School of Architecture + Planning alumni conducted a workshop in Istanbul that brought together 24 young architects, planners and engineers — half from Armenia, half from Turkey — for a weeklong series of lectures, discussions and site visits focused on environmental sustainability.

While the primary aim of the workshop was professional development, the organizers hope to create a cross-border network of faculty, students and young professionals that will foster human bonds and enhance understanding between the two estranged countries.

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