Ambassadors

 

Vlad Ardeleanu

was born in Timisoara and he graduated from the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, the painting section. He is a Doctor of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design in Timisoara with a thesis on the communist art and a veteran teacher of the Timisoara Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, where he holds the Graphic Representation and Form Study Workshops, as well as the History of Art, Design Graphic and Visual Arts classes. Vlad is equally passionate about painting, graphic design, avant-gardes of the 20th century and totalitarian aesthetics. And pixel games, because he's nostalgic.

Claudiu Sergiu Călin

has a degree in history and German studies from the West University, Timișoara, and since 2018 he has a PHD in history from the “George Baritiu” Institute of History in Cluj Napoca. Since 2004 he has been the archivist of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Timișoara, having responsibilities in the Diocesan Museum as well. In 2016 he is co-organizer of the exhibition: "Timișoara 1716 - The beginnings of a European city", made in collaboration with the National Museum of Banat, and in 2019 of the exhibition: "A European experience. The historical and cultural heritage of the Germans in Romania ”. In 2020 he graduated from a journalism course at the Katholische Akademie München. Author of several articles and studies on the history of the Catholic Church in Banat in interwar and postwar, respectively in the communist era, his interest extends to the history of Banat and the Catholic denomination since the eleventh century, with emphasis on the 18th and 20th century.

Mihai Danciu

is an architect concerned with urban and community management. He teaches urban planning disciplines at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning in Timișoara and is involved in projects in Timișoara, Valea Jiului (România) and Chișinau (Moldova). In his practice, sustainable development is based on a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches.

Rudolf Gräf

is an architect with a degree from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), co-founder of the Vitamin Architects office in Timișoara and has worked in international cooperation projects between Germany and Romania as well as Germany and Ukraine, focusing on integrated, climate proof urban planning and heritage revitalization projects.

Mirela Iacob

is made in TM. She grew up in the affective and geographical space of Banat and the spirit of her city is a part of her identity. Timișoara is the place where she thinks, studies, loves, laughs, sings, writes, teaches. She studied Letters (English/German), then Jazz and Cultural management and she molded herself in(to) a clay made up of letters, words and sounds, for every vessel that absorbed her time and passion: literary advisor at The National Theatre, TV/radio copywriter, translator and interpreter, trainer of foreign languages, lyricist, blues/jazz vocalist. She has a loyal relationship with Timișoara. This is home and she always comes back here, no matter how long she wanders around the world.

Ana Kun

works with text and image, more and more often on socio-political themes, with a subjective, sometimes concise filter. She is a visual artist, lives in Timisoara and is one third of Balamuc.

Anca-Raluca Majaru

has a BA in Architecture at UAUIM Bucharest, where she obtained the postgraduate title of Doctor in Architecture. She has researched the modern era nobility in Central and Eastern Europe and has benefited from an RCI scholarship and mobility studies in Budapest and Belgrade. She continued her academic activity at UAUIM Bucharest, coordinating architectural history and theory seminars for six years. She has carried out research activities and kept track of historical monuments in the NCI and was adviser to the Secretary of State for Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture. In 2012, she founded ARCHÉ Association with the purpose of increasing interest in culture and cultural heritage. Member of the Europe Nostra Organization, is currently carrying out educational, social and cultural activities at national level.

Diana Marincu

is a curator and art critic, currently the Artistic Director of Art Encounters Foundation in Timișoara. She defended her doctoral thesis at The National University of Arts in Bucharest, conducting a research on the curatorial discourses about identity and periphery visible in large scale exhibitions from 1989 onwards. Her recent exhibitions include: Persona, MUCEM, Marseille (2019); Manufacturing Nature / Naturalizing the Synthetic, Frac des Pays de la Loire (2018); Sounds Make Worlds, solo show of Marianne Mispelaere, Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara; Double Heads Matches (with Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák), New Budapest Gallery (2018); Life A User’s Manual (with Ami Barak), Art Encounters Biennial Timișoara & Arad (2017).

Sorina Vazelina

is an ophthalmic ointment with graphic properties of pain relief generated by visual communication. Through its action in the depth of interface pores, Vazelina balances the pH of aberration with the calming effect of grid clarity, combined with the refreshing effect of the comic active compound.

Project team

Sandra Andrei

is part of the team since 2018 and is responsible for: research, project conception and implementation and communication.

Roxana Pătrulescu

is the initiator and coordinator of the project and takes care of: human resources, research, designing and implementing project and teaching materials, communication and fundraising.

Oana Preda

has been part of the project since 2016 and deals with: photo research and processing.

Guides

Maja Bâldea

is an architect and specialist in the field of historical urbanism. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Timisoara with a project on the rehabilitation of the Herezia Bastion in Timişoara, followed by the Master on Restructuring of Historic Buildings. She has been active in the field of heritage property protection, both as a consultant architect in the projects carried out by PMT in partnership with the German government (GTZ and KFW), as well as a practitioner. She has been involved in various community workshops and actions aimed at protecting the built local heritage, and currently, among other things, teaches at the FAUT.

Cristian Blidariu

is a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Timisoara, where he teaches Architecture Theory since 2010 and coordinates the design workshop of the first year. Also since 2010 he is a permanent correspondent of the Romanian Architects Union magazine, Architecture 1906, for which he coordinated a series of special numbers. From 2015 he is a Summa cum Laude Doctor in visual arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design in Timisoara, with a thesis that analyzed the heterotopic dimension of artistically augmented urban spaces. In his time between his two sons, Sasha and Max, a faculty and a magazine, he practices architecture in his own design office.  

Dan Alexandru Bunea

was born and raised in Resita, but developed the passion for local history, culture and heritage during the studies he attended at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning in Timisoara. He is a member of the Romanian Order of Architects – Timis Territorial Branch's management team. He is also involved in the conception and implementation of the cultural project focused on the promotion of architectural photography Octavian Radu Topai Award, organized by OAR Timis in memory of colleague arch. Radu Topai.

Loredana Gaiță

is an architect and cultural manager. She studied architecture in Timisoara and Brussels and a PhD student at UAUIM, Bucharest, researching the impact of cultural projects on urban development. She has 14 years of experience in the field of cultural NGOs, and since 2014 she is the president of In the Community NGO. She coordinated a large number of projects that test strategic and tactical intervention for improving public spaces, such as: the Cultural Program of Timisoara European Capital of Culture, 2015-16, Fabricăm, 2015, Ziua Minelor Deschise, 2018, Exploatarea culturală Petrila, 2018, Resilience Lab și The Healing Grid, 2018-19, Casa care-mi place, 2014-16, Piața Plantelor Libere, 2017-19.

Rudolf Gräf

is an architect with a degree from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), co-founder of the Vitamin Architects office in Timișoara and has worked in international cooperation projects between Germany and Romania as well as Germany and Ukraine, focusing on integrated, climate proof urban planning and heritage revitalization projects.

Laura Anca Herman

studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Timisoara, being equally interested in restoration and urbanism. Since 2011 she has worked independently as a journalist and market researcher in the field of sustainable architecture. At the present, the passion for the built environment is doubled by the concern for the preservation of natural areas, Laura being involved in ecological and nature preservation projects.

Gabriela Pașcu

is an architect and member of various professional associations OAR, RUR, PACT, CILAC (France), TICCIH and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Timisoara. Her doctoral research, titled Le Patrimoine Industriel - Minier Facteur de Développement Territorial. Complexité en enjeux en Roumanie, compared to France and Grande Bretagne », was made in Romania-France co-tutelle. Currently she coordinates or activates in projects like: Inland Landscapes: About Mine and Men at Brad; Anina Idea Mine; The House with Har Topârcea, projects focused in particular on valorization and promotion of the industrial and vernacular heritage.

Roxana Pătrulescu

studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Timisoara. She is a member of the Territorial Council of the Timiş Branch of the Romanian Order of Architects and a volunteer of the De-a arhitectura organization, teaching architecture to 9 - 11 year olds. She is involved in coordinating and developing cultural projects that promote Romanian architecture.

Victor Popovici

was born and raised in the Elisabetin neighbourhood. During his studies in the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Timisoara he developed a passion for history, culture and local heritage. He is vice-president of the Timiş Branch of the Romanian Order of Architects and he is involved in projects that focuse on preserving Timisoara’s cultural identity.

Sergiu Ioan Sabău

studied architecture at the Politehnica University of Timișoara. He regards as important to devote some of his time to community oriented initiatives. During his student and post graduate years he participated in workshops, studies and projects involving a participatory process of dialogue, and, in 2014, he was part of the team that organised the 2014 Timisoara Architecture Annual. He is curious about the theme of memory and the city. He supported his license on communism's memorialization.

Thanks to collaborators

Ana Maria Zahariade, Eugen Pănescu, Paula Iftimescu, Silvia-Casandra Tripșa, Hans Rothgerber, Peter-Dietmar Leber, Banater Post, Márton Tövissi, Maja Bâldea, Ruxandra Simionescu, Oana Simionescu, Alexandra Rigler, Simina Cuc, Gabriel Raul Kohn, Ovidiu Micșa, Andreea Oance, Bloju Cosmin, Lucian Muntean, Farcaș Cornel, Adriana Buzilă, Adriana Babeți, Andreea Mircea Duminică, Mihai Opriș, Iulia Cosma, Radu Cosma, Ovidiu Hrin, Silvia Hrin, Marius-Eugen Gerdan, Costin Bleotu, Andrei Dracea, Alexandra Trofin, Pataki Farkas, Rișcuța Răzvan, Alexandru Iliescu, Ștefan Lucuț, Smaranda Vultur, Viorel Proteasa, Ovidiu Zimcea, Mona Isabela Petzek

Thanks to volunteers

Dona Crisan, Alexandra Sabo, Elena Handrea, Anca Giuchi, Ioana Denisa Gug, Alexandra Palconi, Ornella Münich, Diana Lucaciu, Alexandru Todirică, Toma Anca, Anca Matei, Maria Sgârcea, Andrea Wolfer, Dana Ardelean, Brîndușa Havași, Alexandra Spiridon, Adelina Cioată, Cociorvă Ramona, Cristian Sitov, Ana Ionescu