SHARE Architects Society is an exclusive group within the SHARE Architects network that brings together 603 international leaders in the field of architecture from 42 countries.
This community has made its mission to unite the Architecture World within a framework through which architects can confront ideas and conceptions, acting as a catalyst for debates and actions, a closed community access based on recognized membership granted by excellency.
The purposes of the SHARE Architects Society are to find ways to communicate, share and exchange values, know-how and examples of good practices between East and West with the idea in mind of an inclusive, free and conscious professional environment to work in, to represent architectural excellency in our built environment and to open the possibility to work and create better in a context that benefits from administrative, political and investor’s support.
On the occasion of the SHARE Sofia 2022 Forum, we were delighted to welcome 11 new top professionals to our exclusive community.
- Gijs Rikken, Associate Design Director at MVRDV, Netherlands
- Alper Derinboğaz, Founder Salon Architects, Turkey
- Gilma Teodora Gylytė, co-founder of DO Architects, Lithuania
- Rex Bombardelli, Associate Design Director 2Portzamparc, France
- Bernard Storch, Partner PLP Architecture, UK
- Tsvetan Petrov, Managing Director Ivo Petrov Architects, Bulgaria
- Vlad Sebastian Rusu, Vlad Sebastian Rusu Architecture Office, ROMANIA
- Mariya Badeva, Architect and Urban Researcher Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning Department, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria
- Teodora Stefanova, Architect, Urban planner GRADOSCOPE, Bulgaria
- Antoaneta Topalova, managing partner URBA-A LTD, Bulgaria
Gijs Rikken, Associate Design Director at MVRDV, Netherlands
Since 2007, Gijs Rikken has worked as an architect and Associate Design Director at MVRDV. Gijs is in charge of the design and implementation of a wide variety of projects at MVRDV, from large-scale, challenging buildings to detailed innovative material research. Completed projects include the Glass Farm in Schijndel, The Crystal Houses in Amsterdam, and the Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England. Other significant achievements include the Urban Hybrid in Emmen, the Coral Tower in Sydney, and the Theater aan de Parade in Den Bosch. He is now in charge of the development and construction of Valley, a 75,000m2 mixed-use project in Amsterdam with three green-covered residential towers and a publicly accessible vertical park.
Alper Derinboğaz, Founder Salon Architects, Turkey
Alper Derinbogaz has established himself as a promising and significant architect in Turkey and throughout Europe. Through the link between space and time, his work investigates the potential of the physical world. Salon, his architecture company, was named one of Archdaily’s Best Young Practices of 2020. His designs range from large cultural institutions to pieces of artwork, but they are always united by a desire to clarify and explore the fundamental components of site and concept.
Gilma Teodora Gylytė, co-founder of DO Architects, Lithuania
Gilma leads the projects which create positive impact and inspires others around. She created the concept and the prototype design of Naugarduko street-park in Vilnius, which led to the creation of the official City of Vilnius Street Design Manual – the first in the Baltics. She is well-known for transformations of Soviet-era projects, such as State-Kindergarten “Peledziukas”, where the restrictive kindergarten routine was significantly changed, and Urban Conversion of Ogmios quarter from a military base to a public and commercial area. Gilma works a lot in integrating contemporary architecture into protected heritage areas, such as VainiaiPallace Conversion into a public space, food market, offices and apartments; or an ongoing Lyceum and Hotel complex project near the protected heritage site of baroque Church of St. Philip and St. Jacob, and other sites.
Rex Bombardelli, Associate Design Director 2Portzamparc, France
Rex Bombardelli is Associate Design Director 2Portzamparc from France. Rex Bombardelli graduated in 2004 from the University of Florence (Italy), the year he joined 2Portzamparc. He was made design director in 2017 and associate in 2019. Today, his areas of expertise include cultural institutions and music facilities: operas house, concert hall and theather. He is in charge of various site monitoring projects in France and overseas, including the Shanghai Music Conservatory and the National Conference Center in Beijing, which he has been following from its beginning.
Bernard Storch, Partner PLP Architecture, UK
Bernard has extensive experience working on commercial, residential, institutional, and hospitality projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East. Recently completed work includes the award-winning Sky Central, which provides large and flexible workspaces for Sky Television’s 3,500 employees, as well as a variety of culinary, sports, and leisure services. He also completed the conceptual design for an extension to a luxury hotel in London, concept proposals for an office redevelopment in the historic heart of Milan, Italy, a mixed-use high-rise development at Vauxhall on the bank of the River Thames, and a new headquarters building at Heron Quays West in Canary Wharf.
Tsvetan Petrov, Managing Director Ivo Petrov Architects, Bulgaria
Tsvetan Petrov is the General Manager of the Bulgarian studio “Ivo Petrov-Architects”. He graduated from UACEG’s Faculty of Architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria, and specialized in L’ecole National Superieure d’architecture de Bretagne in Rennes, France. He has spent the last 15 years developing the studio and transforming it into one of Bulgaria’s most successful architectural, urbanism, and interior design firms. He is constantly introducing new technology in the firm, growing the team, and has the trust of some of the biggest investors.
Vlad Sebastian Rusu, Vlad Sebastian Rusu Architecture Office, ROMANIA
Vlad Sebastian Rusu graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Urban Planning and Technical Sciences Department. His professional activity is divided between research and design of architecture and urban planning projects, publication of studies, articles and books, support and participation in national and international conferences and exhibitions. His projects cover a wide range of topics and programs, from architecture and restoration to urbanism and urban design, his professional activity being recognized and awarded nationally and internationally: the European Union Grand Prize for Cultural Heritage 2017/ Europa Nostra Awards and two nominations for European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe in 2017 and 2021.
Mariya Badeva, Architect and Urban Researcher Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning Department, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria
She is currently a Youth Delegate of Bulgaria to the UNITED NATIONS and a youth delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council of Europe. Mariya holds a Master of Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL , London where she obtained distinction in her history and theory thesis. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Urban and Territorial Planning researching on the topic of placemaking.
Teodora Stefanova, Architect, Urban planner GRADOSCOPE, Bulgaria
Teodora’s work aims to synthesize and encourage cross-cultural connections with the goal of building socially and environmentally sustainable, memorable settings and locations. She earned over 5 years of experience working on international research and innovation, planning, design and build, and academic projects around Europe after finishing her schooling in England, Spain, and Belgium. She is presently actively involved in the processes that drive urban development in Bulgaria.
Antoaneta Topalova, managing partner URBA-A LTD, Bulgaria
Antoaneta Topalova is a member of UAB, KAB, ICOMOS. She is the head of the team behind the masterplans of cities like Plovdiv, Smolyan, Haskovo, Gabrovo, Sliven and Hisarya. Arch. Topalova has numerous publications and interviews in professional and wide-ranging regional, national and foreign publications. She is a participant in numerous national, regional and international discussions, round tables, expert councils and others. Her expert activity includes membership in the Supreme Council for Territorial Urban Planning and Architecture – Sofia (1985 – 1989) and in the OESUT, for 10 years; Higher Expert Council on Territorial and Settlement Planning (1989 – 1993); Management Board of KAB – three mandates until 2007; Management Board of SAB – three mandates until 2010; Member of the Management Board of KAB – RK Plovdiv – 2015.