Sibel Bozdoǧan

Visiting Professor, Modern Architecture and Urbanism

  • Title Visiting Professor, Modern Architecture and Urbanism
  • Office CAS 202C
  • Phone 617.358.6021
  • Education PhD, University of Pennsylvania
    M.Arch., B.Arch., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Sibel Bozdoǧan holds a professional degree in architecture from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the BU faculty, she taught architectural history and theory courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT and GSD Harvard University, and briefly served as the Director of Liberal Studies at the Boston Architectural Center. Dividing her time between Boston and Turkey, she also taught at Bilgi and Kadir Has Universities in Istanbul and was the Chair of the latter’s Architecture Department.

Professor Bozdoǧan is interested in critical theories of modernity, identity, nationalism, post-colonialism and spatial politics, and her research/teaching covers trans-national histories of modern architecture and urbanism across the globe, with a specialization on Turkey, Mediterranean and the Middle East. In addition to numerous articles on these topics, her publications include a monograph on the Turkish architect Sedad Hakki Eldem (Concept Media, 1988); an interdisciplinary volume, Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey (University of Washington Press, 1997) that she co-edited with Reşat Kasaba and her seminal Modernism and Nation Building: Turkish Architectural Culture in the Early Republic (University of Washington Press, 2001) which won the 2002 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Köprülü Book Prize of the Turkish Studies Association. More recently, she published Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion Books, 2012) co-authored with Esra Akcan, coordinated the Istanbul portal of the Mellon funded Harvard Urban Humanities Research project led by Eve Blau and guest edited the special “Turkey issue” of the Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts of The Wolfsonian Institute (no. 28, 2016). Her current research interests are focused on the infrastructural and urban history of Istanbul and the documentation and preservation of Turkey’s increasingly threatened modernist architectural heritage of early/mid 20th century.

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