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


Ekin PINAR (B. Arch., M.A., METU; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania)

History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture; Cinema Studies; Site-Specific Art; Museum Studies and Institutional Critique; Expanded Cinema and Moving Image Exhibition Practices and Spaces; Audio-Visual Essay and Historiography; Narrative Space; Sense of Place in Cinema; History and Theory of Animation; Global Turn, Race, and Art and Architectural Histories; Gender and Sexuality Studies


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


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


Nesrin ERDOĞAN Research Assistant (B.Arch., METU)

Post-war Italian architecture, Gender studies and feminism, History of modern architecture, Representation in architectural historiography


Gizem GÜNER Research Assistant (B.LAUD, Bilkent University; M.Sc., METU)

Urban Design, Gender Studies, Architectural Historiography, Narrated Spaces, Architecture and Literature


Orçun Sena SARACOĞLU Research Assistant (B.A., Bilkent University)

interior design, medieval architecture, seljukid and ottoman architecture, Byzantine architecture, cosmological patterns and symbolism in architecture, philosophical repercussions in architecture