Dolunay Dogahan, Founder and Editor of Involved Magazine

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Bridging Gaps and Building Futures: The Journey of Involved Magazine

In an insightful conversation with Stephen Drew, founder of the Architecture Social, Dolunay Dogahan, the visionary behind Involved Magazine, shared the essence of what makes Involved a unique platform in the architecture community. Born from a passion for inclusivity and representation, Involved Magazine stands as a testament to the power of young voices in shaping the future of architecture.

The Genesis of Involved

Involved Magazine, conceived in the halls of Cardiff University, began as a collective outcry against the underrepresentation of student voices in the architectural discourse. Dolunay’s journey, marked by personal challenges and systemic barriers within the industry, led to the creation of a platform that is more than just a publication. Involved is a beacon for young architects, a space where their voices are not only heard but celebrated.

The Vision and Mission

The magazine’s mission is simple yet profound: to bridge the gap between education and industry, allowing each to inform and shape the other. In doing so, Involved has become a dynamic platform where ideas are exchanged, and innovation thrives. Its commitment to showcasing diverse voices, from students to seasoned professionals, underscores the magazine’s role in fostering a more inclusive and forward-thinking architectural community.

A Global Platform for Change

What started as a local initiative has grown into a global movement. Involved Magazine now receives contributions from across the world, from Australia to Canada, reflecting the universal desire for change and progress in architecture. This global perspective enriches the magazine’s content, offering readers a broad view of architectural thought and practice.

Beyond the Printed Page

Involved’s influence extends far beyond its printed and digital publications. Through workshops, talks, and collaborative projects, the magazine actively engages with its audience, empowering young architects to develop their skills, confidence, and visibility. These initiatives are crucial in cultivating a new generation of architects who are not only talented designers but also articulate advocates for their profession.

The Power of Community

At its core, Involved Magazine is about community. It is a platform where individuals, regardless of their background or experience level, can share their stories, challenges, and triumphs. By fostering a sense of belonging and support, Involved is helping to build a more resilient and vibrant architectural community.

Looking to the Future

As Involved Magazine continues to evolve, its mission remains unchanged: to amplify the voices of those who are often overlooked. With each issue, workshop, and event, Involved is shaping the future of architecture, ensuring that it is a future built on diversity, inclusivity, and innovation.

Join the Conversation

For those inspired to contribute their voice to this growing community, Involved Magazine is always looking for fresh perspectives and ideas. Whether you’re a student just starting your journey, a professional with years of experience, or anyone in between, Involved offers a platform to share your insights, learn from others, and be part of a collective effort to redefine architecture for the better.

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