Distinguished Visiting Professor Ipek Türeli to begin residency in School of Architecture
Author: Karen O'Donnell Stein
Posted: April 12, 2018

Portland State University School of Architecture proudly welcomes Dr. Ipek Türeli, who will begin her Distinguished Visiting Professorship in May 2018. 

Ipek TüreliDr. Türeli is the Canada Research Chair in Architectures of Spatial Justice at McGill University, where she specializes in the role of architecture in the articulation, mediation, and negotiation of political selves, recognizing not only the agency of the built environment but also of architects. Her current research spans the full range of social engagement in the profession, from the longer history of humanitarian architecture, such as that of religious missionaries, to more recent efforts by contemporary designers to contribute to social movements. Before joining McGill, she focused on visualizations of the city in photography, film, exhibitions, and museums. Her research on Istanbul was awarded the Regents Fellowship at UC Berkeley, and external grants by the Graham Foundation and Middle East Research Competition; the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University's Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Aga Khan Fellowship at MIT's Department of Architecture. She is the co-editor of Orienting Istanbul (2010) and Istanbul Nereye? (2011), guest editor of International Journal of Islamic Architecture’s special issue on “Streets of Protest” (March 2013), and author of Istanbul Open City (2017). She is the coordinator of the Research Group on Democracy, Space, and Technology at McGill University. She is a licensed architect in Turkey, and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Assistant Professor Ipek Türeli will be in residency as Distinguished Visiting Professor May 13–18, 2018. Her visit will include studio discussions with graduate architecture students, critiques, talks with student fellows in the Center for Public Interest Design, and a lecture for the public and student body at Fridays@4 on May 18.

Dr. Türeli is one of three Distinguished Visiting Professors at the School of Architecture during the 2017-2018 academic year, with Leni Schwendinger (Fall 2017) and Urtzi Grau (Winter 2018).