Gazi University

Brief description of organization: Gazi University (GUNI) founded in 1926, is one of the earliest state colleges of the Turkish Republic. It has fifteen faculties, six institutions, five collegiate schools and nine vocational high schools. The Faculty of Technical Education, founded in 1935, offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in eight departments. The Department of Construction constitutes Construction, Restoration, Geotechnics, and Structural Design programs. Education covers the principals of construction and encourages research in industrial applications. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate classes offer laboratory hours besides theory. The faculty encourages interdisciplinary education among the programs as well. Some classes are common, while some others are interrelated. The purpose is to relate the programs together in a way to offer cover as many issues as possible in various building and construction types.

Brief description of tasks attributed: GUNI has large experience on seismic performance assessment through non-linear dynamic analysis. It will help defining structural demands and performance for different types of structures, and implementation of strengthening interventions into numerical models. It will bring its experience about mosques and madrasas constructions to allow individuating the vulnerable parts of the structural systems (WP8). Part of the analyses will cover aspects related to tests performed in WP6 and 7. It will contribute to the case studies of WP9 by bringing buildings of the Ottoman and Seljouk periods.

Previous experience relevant to tasks attributed: In the framework of the research activity on seismic behaviour and retrofitting of historic buildings, Prof. Dr. Ali Ihsan Unay has worked as a consultant for public authorities in several projects such as: Behaviour and Analysis of the Structural System of Ataturk’s Mausoleum (Anitkabir) under Earthquake and Other Load Effects, Structural Strengthening of Ani Cathedral, and Structural analysis of several mosques and churches in Istanbul. His research related to Historic Buildings is mainly on the historic building stock in Central Anatolia and Europe. He has been working on seismic performance of historic masonry buildings with a particular emphasis of Seljuk and Ottoman periods. The historic masonry building stock in Turkey is mainly composed of mosques, minarets, caravanserais, palaces, and madrasas. Having served for hundreds of years, these buildings require protection and strengthening. His detections about the vulnerable parts of these various buildings in probable earthquakes help understand the requirements of the buildings for strengthening.

Short profile of staff members:

Prof. Dr. Ali Ihsan Unay is a faculty member in the Department of Construction. He received his bachelor’s degree in the Department of Civil Engineering in the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. His PhD research was on Structural Analysis of Historic Buildings and was completed in Building Science Program in METU. His teaching experience started in 1986 in the Department of Architecture. He worked in METU until 2007 as a faculty member. He has been teaching undergraduate and post graduate classes in Structures in Erciyes University, METU, Gazi University. His fields of interest are Structural Design, Evaluation of Seismic Performance of Existing Structures, Structural Analysis of Masonry Structures, Seismic Analysis of Historic Buildings, Retrofit and Reinforcement of Buildings, Architectural and Structural Solutions for Earthquake Resistant Building Design. He supervised more than 20 masters and PhD theses, and wrote several articles and conference papers in these topics.

Saadet Toker (PhD) received her master’s and PhD degrees in the Building Science program in METU under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ali Ihsan Unay. She has been working as an Assistant Professor in Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta and has been doing her post doctorate studies in the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department in the University of Wyoming (US) since March 2008. Her main interests are Evaluation of Seismic Performance of Existing Structures, Structural Analysis of Masonry Structures, Seismic Analysis of Historic Buildings, Retrofit and Reinforcement of Buildings, and Architectural and Structural Solutions for Earthquake Resistant Building Design.

Cengiz Ozmen (PhD) received his master's and PhD degrees in the Building Science program under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ali Ihsan Unay. He worked as a research assistant from 2001 to 2007 and has been working as a part-time instructor since 2007 in the Department of Architecture in METU. Presently he is working as an Assistant Professor in Çankaya University, Faculty of Engineering-Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture. His main interests are Structural Analysis, Seismic Design Faults, and Earthquake Resistant Building Design.