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Toader Popescu

Jury member for the Research through Architecture category, 2020 edition

Born March 18, 1980, in Bucharest. Since 2012 he has a PhD in architecture from “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest.

In 2006, he attended a Master's degree course in urbanism, the Romanian-French program "Integrated Urban Development", at "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest.

Since 2011 he is a certified specialist in the field of protection of historical monuments (studies and research; historical urbanism).

In 1999 he received a Level 1 diploma - Alpine Speleology Technique of the Romanian Federation of Speleology.

Scholarships and internships - 2009-2010: NEC Scholarship / New Europe College - Institute for Advanced Studies, Bucharest; research internship, Institute for Railway Studies and Transport History, York, UK; 2007: Séjour Culture - Architecture, Urbanisme, Patrimoine / Maison des Cultures du Monde, Paris, France; 2006: IAESTE Internship, Ghent University, Belgium; 2005: Strategic Approach to Urban Challenges, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; 2001: Specialization Program in Rehabilitation of Built Heritage, Transilvania Trust Foundation, Bonţida, Cluj; 2000-2001: Socrates-Erasmus Scholarship, École d'Architecture de Toulouse, France.

Professional activity
Since 2005: S.C. Point Zero S.R.L. (architect, administrator)

2006-2016: S.C. Four Design S.R.L. (architect-urbanist; since 2009, general manager)

Since 2014: university lecturer, Department of History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest

Lectures given at Ghent University, Belgium (2006) and École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris la Villette, France (2008)

Since 2016: member of the Council of the Department of History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation, UAUIM, member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Urbanism, UAUIM

Publications / Books
Cincinat Sfințescu. The beginnings of Romanian urbanism, Bucharest: “Ion Mincu” University Publishing House, 2015 (co-author)

Romanian Railway Project (1842-1916), Bucharest: Simetria Publishing House, 2014 (sole author), volume awarded with the prizes “Architecture Publication” (UAR, Architecture Biennial, 2016), “Science Book of the Year” (Association of Publishers from Romania, “Bun de Tipar” („Good for Print”) Gala, 2015), “Carte de arhitectură” („Book of Architecture”) (OAR Bucharest, Architecture Annual, 2015) and “Award of excellence in the railway field for preserving tradition” (“Club Feroviar” („Railway Club”) Association, 2014)

Édification des lieux et paysage (Construction of places and landscapes), “Ion Mincu” University Publishing House, Bucharest, 2006 (volume coordination)

La mémoire des murs - L’esprit français dans l’architecture roumaine (Memory of the walls - The French spirit in Romanian architecture), I.C.R. Publishing House, Bucharest, 2006 (co-author)

About 30 articles, reviews and contributions in specialized journals (Architecture, Urbanism - New Series, sITA - studies in History and Theory of Architecture, Urban History, etc.) and collective volumes.

Member of professional and non-governmental organizations

Architect and architect-urbanist with the right to sign, member of the Commission for the History of Romanian Cities within the Romanian Academy, member of the Professional Association of Romanian Urban Planners, Member of the Association for Urban Transition (member of the Board of Directors between 2009-2011), Member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (USA), member of the Association for the History of Railways (France), member of the International Railway History Association, Member of the European Association for Urban History.