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Burcu Okuda
As a Cultural Heritage Conservator, I specialized in inorganic materials. I worked on several excavations and architectural restoration projects in Turkey, as well as art projects in several European countries. Later, I had opportunities to work in private and government museums in Qatar. Throughout this journey, I gained skills in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Restoration, Collection Care, Art Handling, Exhibition Management, Registration and Collection Management. 

LANGUAGES

English: Advanced

Turkish: Native

Japanese: Beginner

 

SKILLS

  • Collection Management

  • Registration

  • Object Conservation

  • Preventive Conservation

  • Art Handling

  • EMU–Collection Management System

  • AutoCAD

 

EDUCATION

BA - Department of History                     

Istanbul University / 2016 – I had to quit my third year due to required in-person exam in Turkey

 

AA- Department of Restoration      

Dumlupınar University / 2007–2009

 

AA - Department of Ornamental Plants 

Uludag University / 2005 – 2007

 

INTERNSHIP

Intern, June 2007 – July 2007

Altinpark, Ankara Metropolitan Municipality/ TURKEY

 

Intern, June 2008 – July 2008

The Ministry of Culture Department of Surveying and Monuments / TURKEY

 

Intern, June 2009 – July 2009

Blok Architecture / TURKEY

 

 

CERTIFICATIONS, COURSES, TRAINING

  • Polarized Microscopy Training by Helen Veronika Farmakalidis Greece / 2023

  • Advanced Imaging Techniques For Heritage Objects, by Dr. hab. Tomasz Lojewski GH University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland / 2019

  • Micro Fading Tests, by dr hab. Tomasz Lojewski GH University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland / 2019

  • Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets of Turkey from Koç University, British Institute of Ankara, ICOM / Turkey

  • Bookbinding Conservation from Mireille Porterie – Owner of L’Atelierre Association for Bookbinding and Restoration in Qatar National Library / 2019

  • Heritage Istanbul Restoration, Archaeology, Museum Technologies Fair & Conferences, 2016 / Turkey / Participant

  • Heritage Istanbul Restoration, Archaeology, Museum Technologies Fair & Conferences, 2017 / Turkey / Participant

  • 4th Conservation and Restoration Workshop "Stone Artifacts" 2017 Antalya / Turkey / Participant

  • Conservation and Restoration Workshop "Metal Artifacts" 2016 Istanbul / Turkey / Participant

  • Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service Youthpass Certificate, 2014 / Germany

  • Erasmus+ Youth Exchange Youthpass Certificate, 2014 / France

  • Erasmus+ European Voluntary Service Youthpass Certificate, 2014 / Greece

  • Autocad Certificate, 2009 / Turkey

  • Mountain Search and Rescue Advanced Level Certificate, 2009 / Turkey

  • Civil Defence Search and Rescue Beginner Level Certificate, 2009 / Turkey

 

INTERESTS

Outdoor sports, cats, traveling.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Acting Head of Collection Management Section, Aug 2022 – Sept 2023

Qatar Museum Authority / Qatar      

                                                          

  • FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar: Overseeing and managing the conservation and inspection, budgeting, crowd control, and risk control of 81 mostly large-scale public art works, alongside other public and private stakeholders for a one-of-a-kind global event that lasted a month and prepared over a year. Working round-the-clock in and out of Doha, two months prior to and the month during the event to display public artifact that is safe and sound.

       

       Successfully resolved issues with the artifact ALFA by Jean-Michel             Othoniel, two weeks prior to the start of the event, by lowering the               maintenance cost from ~QAR 1 million (~$270,000) to ~QAR 34,000             ($10,000) and reducing the maintenance time from 7 months to 5                  days and completing it on time.

  • Cataloguing and Documentation: As a first Collection Manager of the department; updating the database and documenting every action associated with the collection artifacts to ensure the records are accurate. Transferring ~5 thousand non-public artworks to more suitable collections within QM.

  • Training and Supervision: Providing training, supervision, and mentoring to Public Art Department staff and 2 interns each year who involved in related work.

  • Collections Management: Managing yearly ~$550,000 budget for conservation and collection management operations. Working closely with contractors, Acquisitions and Procurement departments for the budget preparations and spendings.

  • Project Coordination: Being a key focal point for assigned projects, collaborating across QM departments and interacting with artists, galleries, fabricators, contractors, shipping agents and local stakeholders for successful outcomes.

  • Loan Management: Collaborating with relevant QM departments, studios, contractors and borrowers to develop the loan agreements.

 

 

Public Art Conservator, Oct 2021 – Aug 2022

Qatar Museum Authority / Qatar

  • Condition Reports and Conservation: As a first conservator of the department; creating and updating Condition Reports for artifacts on display and in storage.

  • Supervision and Care of Public Artifacts: Overseeing the ongoing care and conservation of 100 public artifacts. Hiring and supervising contractors for conservation work, collaborating closely with other related QM Departments and the Director of Public Art Department. Obtaining site access and necessary work permits for contractors. Gathering information about artifacts in the collection and seeking permissions from relevant artists or galleries for proposed treatments. Creating yearly treatment, annual maintenance schedules and detecting budget requirements.

  • Collection Management and Registration: Managing and documenting the PA collection that holds over 5.000 artifacts. Maintaining records in the QM Database (Emu) related to access, conditions, and locations of all PA artifacts. Conducting periodic inventories to track the collection’s status.

 

 

Assistant Conservator, May 2018 – Jan 2020

FBQ Museum / QATAR

  • Examination and Documentation: Conducting thorough examinations of over 30.000 artifacts from the Jurassic age, up to the present day including 700 ancient carpets, 600 classic vehicles and royal jewelries.  

  • Conservation Planning: Developing conservation plans outlining necessary treatments for the collection as the only conservator in the museum with the help of the 2 trained art handlers.

  • “The Majlis - Cultures in Dialogue” International Travelling Exhibition: Conserving, preparing, inspecting 70 selected artifacts for this exhibition by participating at locations including the Grandmaster’s Palace in Malta, UNESCO Headquarter and Institut Du Monde Arabe in France. Collaborating with the contractors for the packaging, transportation, display, loan document review and installation.

  • Qatar–India Cultural Exhibition and Horseback Riding Exhibition: Conserving and preparing the selected artifacts for the exhibitions. Managing the installation, de-installation, cleaning and maintenance.

  • Environmental Monitoring: Monitoring and controlling the environmental conditions within the museum and separate Carpet and Car Museums.

 

 

Chief Conservator & Restorer, July 2014 – May 2018

Aspendos Excavation / Ankara University / TURKEY

  • Architectural Restoration and Conservation: Conserving the walls, mosaics, frescoes, and other architectural elements of Aspendos Agora and Market Hall, The Basilica, The Nymphaeum.

  • Digitalization of Accession Records: Keeping correct records for tracking artifacts and understanding their context.

  • Mechanical Cleaning of Small Artifacts: Conserving over 80 Roman period coins, terracotta pieces, ceramic, glass, and stone artifacts found during the excavations.

  • Assisting the Excavation Team: Collaborating with the excavation team to gain insights into the materials used, display techniques, and technological aspects of the artifacts. Removing the sensitive artifacts from the soil when necessary.

  • Photography and Documentation: Capturing high-quality photographs of artifacts and preparing condition and treatment reports to provide valuable information for future reference.

  • Packaging for Transport and Storage: Packing and transporting the artifacts to the storage once treatment and research is completed.

  • Educational Outreach to Children: Involving in workshops organized by the Aspendos Excavation Team to pass on knowledge about restoration and conservation to children, inspiring the next generation of caretakers for cultural heritage. Additionally, aiding children in restoring broken artifacts fosters a sense of connection and responsibility.

 

 

Quantity Surveyor, September 2013 – May 2018

Zafer Keskin Engineering & Architecture / TURKEY

  • Budget Estimates and Quantities: Assessing costs related to materials and other expenses of over 100 projects including private and governmental hospitals, schools, university dormitories, historical buildings and more.

  • Assisting Architects and Engineers with Cultural Heritage, Restoration, and Conservation Methods: Supporting professionals who work on the project.

 

 

Chief Conservator & Restorer, September 2016 – October 2016

Alacahöyük Excavation / Ankara University Archaeology Department / TURKEY

  • Restoration and Conservation: Restoration and conservation of Hittie period metal and terracotta artifacts discovered during the excavations. Techniques included surface cleaning, consolidation of fragile materials, and reassembly of broken pieces.

  • Packaging and Storage: Storing artifacts in controlled environments (e.g., low light, stable temperature, and humidity) to prevent deterioration.

 

 

Chief Conservator & Restorer, August 2016 – September 2016

Limyra Excavation / Austrian Archaeological Institute (AAI) / TURKEY

  • Conservation and Restoration: Cleaning and conserving of Roman period coins which were found during the excavations. Techniques included surface cleaning, consolidation of fragile materials, and reassembly of broken pieces.

  • Conservation Lab Establishment: Setting up a dedicated conservation lab. Appointing an appropriate area with controlled environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, lighting) to work on the artifacts.

 

Conservator & Restorer, September 2015 – January 2016

St. John the Baptist Church / HGS Construction / TURKEY

  • Consolidation of the frescos on the church walls: Injecting merges or adhesives into the substrate to strengthen the frescos.

  • Acrylic Paint Application: Applying acrylic paints to damaged areas of frescoes to restore missing colors and details.

  • Photography and Documentation: Capturing high-quality photographs of artifacts and preparing detailed condition and treatment reports. Digitizing and organizing records related to the collection’s accession process.

 

 

Chief Conservator & Restorer, August 2015 – September 2015

Sebastapolis Excavation / Tokat Museum / TURKEY

  • Team Management: Building a conservation and restoration team with 2 conservators and 2 conservation interns. Mentoring and training intern conservators and restorers to develop their skills in artifact preservation and care.

  • Architectural Restoration and Conservation: Undertaking restoration and conservation work on Roman church walls, mosaics, frescoes, and other architectural elements within the Sebastapolis Ancient City.

  • Mechanical Cleaning of Small Artifacts: Performing necessary cleaning on small artifacts, including coins, terracotta pieces, ceramics, glass, and stone artifacts.

  • Photography and Documentation: Capturing high-quality photographs of artifacts and preparing detailed condition and treatment reports. Digitizing and organizing records related to the collection’s accession process.

 

 

EVS Volunteer, August 2014 – August 2014

Saline Royal Museum D'Arc Et Senans / FRANCE

  • Informal Learning Experience in Project Management: Engaging in a distinctive informal learning program focused on project management, aimed at preparing for professional roles with the other attendees from France and England.

  • Garden Design and Supervision: Collaborating with garden staff to design innovative gardens, each centered around specific themes.

  • Artistic Contributions for Garden Decor: Creating original artifacts to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the gardens.

  • Culinary Event Coordination: Orchestrating a public event celebrating culinary discoveries facilitated by the gardens.

 

 

European Union Erasmus + Volunteer, March 2014 – November 2014

LandKunstLeben e.V. / GERMANY

  • Artistic Collaboration with German Artists: Assisting German artists in the production of artifacts, fostering cross-cultural exchange and creativity with a multicultural team of 10.

  • Exhibition Installation and Dismantling: Managing the setup and removal of art exhibitions, ensuring seamless presentation.

  • Curating Open-Air Art Festivals: Organizing open-air festivals, catering to art enthusiasts and promoting cultural appreciation.

  • Promoting European Awareness through Art Activities: Collaborating with fellow volunteers to design art initiatives that raise awareness about European culture and values.

  • Showcasing Turkish Culture: Presenting the richness of Turkish heritage through artistic expressions and cultural events.

  • Participation in Art and Youth Workshops: Attending seminars and workshops focused on art and youth-related issues in the European context.

  • Facilitating Art Discussions and Exploration: Curating visits to museums, galleries, exhibitions, and art shows, fostering insightful discussions and appreciation.

 

European Union Erasmus + Volunteer, March 2012 – April 2012

Orfeas Organisation / GREECE

  • Conservation of Historical Sites and Forests: Collaborating with 12 volunteers from various European countries to preserve and protect historical sites and forests. Engaging in firsthand efforts, contributing to the safeguarding of shared cultural and natural heritage.

  • Art Activities for European Awareness: Organizing and easing art-related initiatives aimed at raising awareness about European culture, heritage, and social issues.

  • Promotion of Turkish Culture: Presenting the richness of Turkish culture through artistic expressions, exhibitions, and educational programs. Sharing insights into traditions, history, and contemporary aspects of Turkish life.

  • Participation in Art and Youth Workshops: Actively attending seminars and workshops focused on art, youth challenges, and societal issues in Europe. Engaging in discussions, learned from experts, and explored innovative approaches to address youth-related concerns.

  • Exploration of Museums, Galleries, and Art Shows: Visiting museums, art galleries, and exhibitions to deepen understanding of artistic heritage and contemporary trends. Organizing discussions around artifacts, fostering critical thinking and appreciation.

 

 

Restoration Technician, February 2012 – May 2012

Historic Hamamönü Mansions Project / Freelance / TURKEY

  • Collecting Data: Inspecting 10 historic Turkish Mansion, collecting data about architectural features, materials used, and historical context with a team of 2 conservators and 2 conservation interns. Naming any deterioration, cracks, or structural weaknesses are identified. High resolution photographs taken.

  • Drawing Survey, Restoration and Restitution projects: Detailed drawings and plans are created, capturing the layout, dimensions, and intricate elements of each mansion.

 

 

Conservator & Restorer, August 2012 – September 2012

Pompeiopolis Excavation / Kastamonu University / TURKEY

  • Restoration and Conservation: Conservation of the Roman period mosaics pieces, small artifacts and 25 sculptures at the stone museums.

  • Restoration of Odeon’s Stone Seating Areas: Repairing and maintaining Odeon seats to ensure their continued use and historical significance.

  • Excavation Area Survey: Mapping and documenting the archaeological site to understand the layout, structures, and artifacts within Pompeiopolis.

 

 

Conservator & Restorer, November 2011 – January 2012

Hadrianoupolis Excavation / Ataturk University / TURKEY

  • Architectural Restoration and Conservation: Conserving the walls, mosaics, and other architectural decorations with a team of 10 conservators at Church B in Hadrianoupolis Excavation Area.

  • Excavation Area Survey: Mapping and documenting the archaeological site to understand the layout, structures, and artifacts within Hadrianoupolis.

  • Photographing and Writing Reports: Capturing high-quality before and after the treatment images of the mosaics and the architectural elements for documentation and research. Writing detailed condition and treatment reports.

 

 

Architectural Drafter, July 2010 – July 2011

Kayra Engineering and Education Technology / TURKEY

  • Drawing of Architecture, Restoration, Survey, and Restitution Projects: Creating detailed drawings to serve as blueprints for construction, renovation, and preservation efforts.

  • Assisting Architects and Engineers: Supporting professionals who work on the project.

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