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Primary Scientific
Research Fields:
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Climate change, public health in architecture (history), emerging and advanced technologies in architecture (design) practice, theory, (modern) history and sociology of architectural (design) practice, historical documentation practice and methods in architecture & interior architecture with a focus on pandemic challenges.
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Secondary Scientific
Research Fields
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Intersectional feminism in architecture, intertwined history of architecture, systemic and racial justice in (multicultural) architecture, cross-cultural relations and transnational (design) practice in architecture; architectural partnerships in professional practice, architectural design practitioner - large-scale client relations (in the private sector) with a focus on the postwar period.
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Welcome to my page...
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Trained as an architect, I am a distinguished scholar with Ph.D. in architecture and my problem-centered scientific research projects aim to explore game changing findings in my expertise fields. My most recent scholarly endeavors examine social justice themes in (postwar) architecture (history). With academic sponsorship by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture Program, I am "the first" scholar in my expertise field, and conducted my advanced scientific research project in the field of intersectional feminism, intertwined history of architecture, and politics of gender in multicultural US architecture for two years after my Ph.D. (1). I was invited by the MIT-HTC, the MIT-WGS, the MIT-Women League, the MIT-Media in Transition International Conferences (5 & 6), the MIT-WikiConference North America, the Harvard University-GSD, the 53rd Middle East Studies Association-Annual Meeting, the Society of American Archivists-Research Forum (2020), CUNY, Boston University, the 71st Society of Architectural Historians-Annual and International Conference, International Women in Architecture Symposium at Virginia Tech., "Women Who Design", the AIA-Silicon Valley, Emerson College, etc. as a speaker and a panelist. Following my productive research process at MIT, I am currently developing the manuscript for my book.
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With my deep concerns on climate emergency and environment, I am currently co-curator of the Citizen TALES Commons (CTC)-Climate Conversations (multidisciplinary) series on built and urban environment, ecology, nature, etc. in collaboration with Dr. Vassiliki Rapti, co-curator of this series. Our Climate Conversations series aim to stimulate all relevant institutions and organizations to take concrete actions for our collective, healthy, post-pandemic life.
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My most recent research project investigates diverse and inclusive historical documentation practice at pioneering schools of architecture in the US, such as at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc., and I recently moderated an online panel organized by "Women Who Design" on diverse and inclusive historical documentation with a leading architecture historian and archivists in the field. 
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I am an awardee of a  fellowship by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), currently a member of "the first" Research Committee of Historic Interiors Affiliate Group at the Society of Architectural Historians (HIG SAH), a member of "the first" Register Committee of the Society of Architectural Historians-Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (SAH-WiA AG), and its Media and Communication Team. With the goal of fostering new understandings of the history of interiors, I am also a committee member of HIG SAH (Historic Interiors Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians) to prepare “its first” article award proposal guidelines for circulation to ad-hoc committee. My systematic research on archival sources (which I submitted in January and February 2021) is “the first” register of the SAH-WiA AG-Register Committee’s project on archives (2), and I am a contributor of "the first" SAH Women in Architecture Bibliography. With my mission to support and promote pluralistic, inclusive and diverse mindset in architecture, I was a nominator for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. In addition, I am a peer reviewer of the PLAN Journal (TPJ) on research, studies and criticism in architecture and urbanism, and a certificate holder by Consortium for Graduate Studies, Gender, Culture, Women & Sexuality (GCWS) at MIT as well.
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I am a panelist at "Convergence ​at the Confluence of Power, Identity, and Design" held by “the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD)-Women in Architecture Group” in November 2018. Our panel and “the Convergence” aimed to invite everyone to take their actions for systemic equity in architecture and design-oriented disciplines. In April 2019, Professor Sarah Whiting was announced as the first woman dean in the history of the Harvard University-GSD. I am very pleased to be an active part of this historic event and positive transformation.
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As a special Turkish fellow, I began my Ph.D. dissertation research at the Harvard University, Aga Khan History of Art and Architecture, Ph.D. Program, and continued this advanced research at the Columbia University, Graduate School of Planning and Preservation, Ph.D. Program as a research scholar. Based on my dissertation research at Harvard and Columbia universities (in particular with scientific research support by Professor Kenneth Frampton), I completed "the first" Ph.D. dissertation on historical and theoretical analysis of practice conducted by Tekeli-Sisa Architecture Partnership (Istanbul, 1954-present) with a specific research problem, and obtained my Ph.D. in Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture. (3). My secondary expertise and scientific research fields are sociology, theory and the modern history of the architecture profession, modernization of architectural design practice, relationship between the design architect and the client, (and their historical thresholds in postwar Turkey). Prior to my advanced and international scholarly endeavors, I pursued my design, teaching and publishing practice in architecture as well.
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In my expertise field, I have international scholarly publications, published interviews and a collection curated and developed for the MIT-Archnet. Diverse and inclusive historical documentation and architecture photography (for more than 30 years) are among my deep interests. With my published "198" architectural photographs taken from iconic modern and contemporary buildings in the history of Cambridge, MA and Boston (mostly from MIT and Harvard university campuses), I am a contributor of SAH Archipedia, authoritative online encyclopedia of the U.S. built environment organized by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press; and SAHARA, a digital image archive developed by the Society of Architectural Historians in collaboration with Artstor and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Having numerous published articles, interviews, translations in architecture, my 19 editorial monographs on pioneering architects are accessible at leading academic libraries in the U.S. architecture, such as at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library of Columbia University, the Frances Loeb Library of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Rotch Library of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Architecture & Planning. My published architectural monograph on Bernard Tschumi is accessible in Swiss Collections, a gateway to historical and modern collections in Swiss libraries and archives as well. (Bibliographic code: bbg08). Those 19 editorial monographs are "the first" series on pioneering international and national modern and contemporary architects for scholars and readers in Turkish architecture. 
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I am proud of being the first-generation international (and woman) scholar, and also  fanatic appreciator of Stanley Clarke (Grammy-winning bassist, producer and composer in jazz), King Crimson (pioneering band in progressive rock/progressive metal, 1968-present) and Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (Western Classical, the late Romantic period). My acoustic Fender along with singing is inseparable part of my life!
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Meral Ekincioglu, Ph.D.
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For any inquiries, please contact me directly:
meral@meralekincioglu.com
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My Membership:
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) (2020-present; 2017-2018; 2014-2015)
• The SAH Climate Change and Architectural History Affiliate Group
(2021-present)
• The SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group, Research Committee member
(2021-present)
• The SAH Minority Scholars Affiliate Group, (2020-present)
• The SAH Race and Architectural History Affiliate Group (2020-present)
• The SAH, Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (SAH WiA AG) registers committee member for archives and bibliographis resources (2020-present); and Communication and Media team member (2021-present)
• The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America (2020-present; 2017-2018)
• Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS) (2020-present)
• SpaceArchitecture.org (2020-present)
•European Architectural History Network (EAHN) (2019-present)
• Society of American Archivist
(2019-2020)
• Northeast Modern Language Association (2020-present)
• Friend of Boston Society of Architects (2015-present)(2015-
• World Architecture Community
(honorary member) (2008-present)
Harvard Neighbors (2006-present)
• The MIT’s Women League
(2014-present)
• The MIT Women Chorale (2006-2007).
•  Columbia University Alumni Association, Turkey. (2021-present)
My Profile on Humanities Common:
https://hcommons.org/members/meral2020
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My Profile on European Architectural History Network (EAHN): https://eahn.org/social/members/meral/profile
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My Profile on SpaceArchitect.Org:
http://spacearchitect.org/meral-ekincioglu
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My blog on my scholarly research projects, conferences, panels, publications, and news on architecture:
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meralekincioglu.blogspot.com