Cem Taneri was born and raised in Nicosia, North Cyprus. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and completed his undergraduate degree with a double major in Civil Engineering and International Studies from Kansas University, Kansas, USA in 2002. He has earned a Master’s degree in Construction Management from the European University of Lefke, North Cyprus, in 2006, and an Advanced Master’s degree in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions from The University of Minho, Portugal & Czech Technical University, Czech Republic in 2010. He is currently enrolled in the Restoration Ph.D. program of Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, where he successfully completed the Qualifier Exam in 2010. His Ph.D. topic is Conservation of 14th Century Religious Structures in North Cyprus.

He currently holds an Academic Position of Lecturer in Near East University, North Cyprus, where he teaches upper-level undergraduate Restoration courses in the Faculty of Architecture. His main research interests include structural and material restoration of cultural heritage in Cyprus. Besides his architectural restoration skills, he is fluent in Turkish, English and German and speaks intermediate level of Portuguese.