Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Sibel Bozdogan holds a professional degree in architecture from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1976) and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (1983). She has taught architectural history and theory courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1986-1991), MIT (1991-1999) and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (since 2000). She has also served as the Director of Liberal Studies at the Boston Architectural Center (2004-2006) and has taught at the Graduate Architecture Program of Istanbul Bilgi University (2006-2011). Starting in 2014-2015, she has accepted a position to Chair the new Architecture Department of Istanbul Kadir Has University. Her interests span cross-cultural histories of modern architecture and urbanism in Europe, America, Mediterranean and the Middle East with a specialization on Turkey. In addition to numerous articles on these topics, her publications include a monograph on the Turkish architect Sedad Hakki Eldem (1987); an interdisciplinary volume, Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey (1997) co-edited with Resat Kasaba; 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 Koprulu Book Prize of the Turkish Studies Association; and most recently, Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion Books, 2012) co-authored with Esra Akcan. In Fall 2010, she curated the 1930-1950 section of the collaborative Istanbul 1910-2010: City, Built Environment and Architectural Culture Exhibition at the Santral Museum, Istanbul Bilgi University. With her research interests refocused on Istanbul’s urban history, especially on issues of public space, urban heritage and collective memory, she is currently coordinating the Istanbul portal of the Mellon funded Harvard Urban Humanities Research initiative.