METU Architectural History Faculty


(in alphabetical order)

T. Elvan ALTAN (B.Arch., M.A., METU; Ph.D., SUNY at Binghamton)

19th and 20th Century Architecture, Modern Architecture, Architecture in late Ottoman Empire and Republican Turkey, Social Production of the Built Environment, Architectural Historiography


Suna GÜVEN (B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University)

Roman and Byzantine Architecture, Latin Architecture in Cyprus, Memory, Acculturation, Imaging


Belgin TURAN ÖZKAYA (B.Arch., M.Sc. in Restoration, METU; Ph.D., Cornell University) (On leave at 2017-2018)

Modernism/Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Architecture, Nineteenth-Century Culture of Travel, Collecting and Display, Twentieth-Century Italian Architecture, Theories of Vision and Visuality, Gender Theory, Historiography

belt@metu.edu.tr Belgin TURAN ÖZKAYA CV

Ali Uzay PEKER (B.A., Istanbul University; M.A., Boğaziçi University; Ph.D., Istanbul Technical University)

Early Islamic, Seljuk and Ottoman Architecture, Occidentalism and Orientalism in Architecture, Thirteenth Century Anatolia, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Baroque and Rococo), Exoticism, Iconography and Symbolism in Islamic and Christian Architecture, Cosmology (ancient and medieval), Ottoman Archaeology


(personal web-page: http://www.metu.edu.tr/~peker/)


Associate Professors

Lale ÖZGENEL (B.Arch., M.A., METU; Ph.D., METU)        

Domestic Architecture in Classical and Late Antiquity, History of Domestic Architecture and Daily Life, Privacy and Gender Studies


Assistant Professors

Pelin YONCACI ARSLAN (B.Arch., M.A., METU; Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles)        

Byzantine Urban Landscape, Early Byzantine Urbanism, Historical Topography of Constantinople, Columnar Monuments of Pre-modern era, Mapping and Network Analysis in the field of Digital Humanities, 3D Digital Reconstructions of Historical Sites, Multimedia Maps populated with spatial narratives



Emeritus Professors

İnci ASLANOĞLU (B.Arch., M.Arch., METU; Ph.D., ITÜ)

Early Republican Turkish Architecture, Foreign Architects in the 20th Century Turkish Architectural Scene, Ottoman Architecture, Ottoman and Western Architecture in the Nineteenth Century, Italian Renaissance Architecture, European and Ottoman Baroque Architecture


Jale ERZEN (B.F.A., M.F.A., Art Center College of Design L.A.; Ph.D., ITÜ)

Ottoman Aesthetics, Ottoman Miniatures, Ottoman Architecture of the 15th-16th Centuries; Modern Art, Turkish Art General, Art Criticism; Aesthetics; Environmental Aesthetics


Sevil ENGİNSOY EKİNCİ (B.Arch., M.A., METU; Ph.D., Cornell University) (now at Kadir Has University, İstanbul)

Early Modern Architectural Theory, History of Architectural Books, History of the Body in Architectural Theory, History and Theory of Architectural Historiography, Architectural Encounters between “East” and “West” in the 15th-16th and the 19th centuries


Honorary Professors

Dana ARNOLD (Middlesex University)

British Architectural History and Historiography; Country House Studies; London 1700-1840; Art History and Aesthetic; the Material Culture and Cultural History of the long eighteenth century



Part-time Instructors

Nahide Işık Demirakın (BSc. ODTÜ; M.A., Ph.D., Bilkent University)

Urban History, Historiography, Cultural History, 19th Century Ottoman Empire, Modernization


Namık ERKAL (B.Arch., M.A., METU; Ph.D., METU)

Urban history, Architecture of City Frontier, Byzantion-Constantinople-Istanbul


Jale ERZEN (B.F.A., M.F.A., Art Center College of Design L.A.; Ph.D., ITÜ)

Ottoman Aesthetics, Ottoman Miniatures, Ottoman Architecture of the 15th-16th Centuries; Modern Art, Turkish Art General, Art Criticism; Aesthetics; Environmental Aesthetics


Tugba TANYERI-ERDEMIR (B.A., M.A., Bilkent University; Ph.D., Boston University)

Pre-Classical Art and Architecture of the Ancient Near East, Urartian Kingdom, History of Archaeology and Museology in the Ottoman Empire and Early Republican Turkey, Competitive Sharing of Sacred Spaces



Research Assistants

Saliha ASLAN (B. Arch., Gazi University; M. Arch., Gazi University)

Urban and Architectural History, Urban and Architectural Design, Late Ottoman Civic Architecture, Suburban Architecture in the Early Modern Period, Architecture of City Frontiers and Urban Sprawl.


Aylin ATACAN Research Assistant (B.Arch, Anadolu University; M.Sc., Gazi University)

Architectural Analysis through Films, History of Modern Architecture, Architectural Theory, Domesticity in Antiquity, Cinema and Architecture


Elif BİLGE Research Assistant (B.Arch, Kocaeli University; M.Sc., METU)

Roman Architecture, History of Domestic Architecture and Daily Life


Şehri KARTAL Research Assistant (B.Arh, ITU ; M.Sc. ITU, )

15th-17th Century Ottoman Architecture, The Age of Sinan, Ottoman Palaces, Islamic Architecture, Cult of the Dead, Patronage, Istanbul


Pınar KUTLUAY (B.Arch, Izmir University of Economics; M.Sc., Izmir Institute of Technology)

19th and 20th Century Architectural Discourses, Modern Architectural Theory, Tectonics in Architecture, Architecture and Philosophy, Architecture and Biology, Daylight in Architecture, Cinema and Architecture


Deniz ÖZDEN Research Assistant (B.Phil., METU; M.A., METU)

Medieval Geometry and Architecture, Historiography of Islamic Architecture