Ali Yapicioglu has been a partner and co-founder at In. Site: Architecture since 2001. Prior to his formal studies in architecture, in Istanbul and the U.S., Ali worked in the family trade as a stonemason in Cyprus. His experience in the industry ranges from small-scale residential through multi-million dollar commercial, institutional and historic preservation projects. Sustainability and sensitivity to context consistently guide his hand in design. Through happy coincidence he met Patricia Wright--a world renowned primatologist who has devoted twenty five years of her life to the study of lemurs and biodiversity in Madagascar. Her commitment to preserving biodiversity meshed with Ali's commitment towards sustainable design practice. That meeting has since led to a commission to design the research/residence hall in Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar. While using more advanced technologies to harvest rainwater and sun, the finished building will be clad in locally-fired clay brick and cut granite, reconnecting to the vernacular through the beauty of stone. This endeavour is documented in Ali's talk. About TEDx, x=independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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