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Team

Imdat As

Imdat As

CEO & Founder

Imdat is the founder and CEO of Arcbazar. He leads the company’s vision, strategy and growth and keeps Arcbazar at the forefront of architectural crowdsourcing. He wants to provide a unique way to give global access to creative high-quality architectural resources and change the way we experience home design. Imdat holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from MIT and a Doctorate in Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Ana Batista

Ana Batista

CCO & Co-Founder

Ana is the co-founder and CCO of Arcbazar. She oversees community development and leads a team that ensures a great experience and resource for customers and designers. She is constantly working to create personalized and meaningful relationships between customers, designers and the team at Arcbazar. Ana holds a Doctorate in Science from Portugal and Harvard.

Halit Ciftci

Halit Ciftci

CTO & Co-Founder

Halit is the co-founder and CTO of Arcbazar. He leads the technical strategy department and directs a team of skilful engineers that continuously build an innovative and versatile web platform. Halit holds a degree in Computer Science from Germany and has large experience in developing cutting-edge desktop and mobile applications.

Takehiko Nagakura

Takehiko Nagakura

Key Advisor

Takehiko is Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the Computation Group. He acts as key academic adviser to Arcbazar, and actively mentors the management team. Takehiko helps shaping the company to democratize the production of architectural design, and disrupting traditional architectural practice models.

Alexandra Gromova

Alexandra Gromova

Project Manager

Vladimir Kumelsky

Vladimir Kumelsky

Director of Engineering

Saida Ayupova

Saida Ayupova

Director of Branding/Marketing

Board of Directors

John Lansing

John Lansing

CEO of BBG

John is the CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). BBG consists of Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks and Radio and TV Marti, altogether reaching 215 million people around the world each week. Before joining BBG in 2015, John was President of Scripps Network’s operating division, overseeing HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Great American Country and their related businesses.

Michela O’Connor Abrams

Michela O’Connor Abrams

CEO of Dwell Media

Michela O’Connor Abrams is the President of Dwell Media, the award-winning design and lifestyle media company based in San Francisco. Most recently, Ms. O’Connor Abrams has initiated several successful brand platforms for Dwell Media including Dwell Digital, Dwell on Design events, and the Dwell Homes Collection. Michela has held executive positions at IDG, Ziff-Davis, and McGraw-Hill.

Advisors

Tim Curran

Tim Curran

CEO of Sample6, Inc.
Former CEO of VelaSystems (acquired by Autodesk)

Michael Dornbrook

Michael Dornbrook

Angel Investor
Former COO of Harmonix Music Systems, Cambridge, MA

Sarah Goldhagen

Sarah Goldhagen

Architecture Critic at The New Republic
Former Faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Jon Hirschtick

Jon Hirschtick

Founder of Solidworks (acquired by Dessault Systems)
Founder and Chairman of Onshape, Inc

William Porter

William Porter

Emeritus Professor of Architecture, MIT
Partner at Anderson Porter Design, Cambridge, MA