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Primary (Scientific)
Research Interests:
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Public health, climate and social justice in architecture (history) with intersectional perspective in the social context,  historic interiors with a focus on diverse and inclusive historical documentation.
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Secondary Scientific
Research Fields and Interests
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Theory and history of architecture profession, architecture design practice,  architectural (design) partnerships in professional practice, architectural design practitioner - large-scale client relations (in the private sector), intersectional feminism, intertwined history and politics of gender in architecture with a focus on the postwar period.
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My Linkedin Profile:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/meral-ekincioglu-ph-d-b649b6b/
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My Profile on Humanities Common:
https://hcommons.org/members/meral2020
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My blog on my scholarly endeavors in architecture:
meralekincioglu.blogspot.com
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My Youtube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQa7o9RHlFNucbNy_mIq2uw
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 current scientific research interests in architecture (history) are public health and climate justice with intersectional perspectives in the social context. My recent advanced academic research project has examined social justice themes in (postwar) architecture (history): With academic sponsorship by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture Program for two years, I am "the first" scholar to uncover career history of pioneering Turkish and Turkish-American women architects in multicultural postwar US architecture, and early three women architects from the Princeton University-School of Architecture (Class of 1970, 1971) after my Ph.D. in architecture. Intersectional feminism, intertwined history of architecture, and politics of gender in multicultural postwar US architecture have been my scholarly focal points. (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 Society of Architectural Historians-Annual and International Conferences (2023 and 2018), 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 my book project.
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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 moderated an online panel organized by "Women Who Design" on diverse and inclusive historical documentation in architecture with a leading architecture historian and archivists in the field in 2021. 
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I am an awardee of a fellowship by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and very pleased to receive invitation e-mail by the Founding Chair of Historic Interiors Affiliate Group at the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH-HIG) to serve their “first" Research Committee. 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 article award proposal guidelines for circulation to ad-hoc committee (2022) and have been working on archives and collections on historic interiors with a multidisciplinary perspective and some data of the SAH-Data Report (2021). With my scholarly mission to support and promote inclusive and diverse mindset in architecture (history), I was also a nominator for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. As a certificate holder by Consortium for Graduate Studies, Gender, Culture, Women & Sexuality (GCWS) at MIT, I am also a peer reviewer of the PLAN Journal (TPJ) on research, studies and criticism in architecture and urbanism.
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As 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), it was an inspiring experience for me to act as an active part of a historic threshold and positive transformation at this pioneering school in architecture: With “Convergence”, we had invited everyone in architecture and design-oriented disciplines to take their concrete actions for systemic equity in education and profession. Following our strong messages, in April 2019, Professor Sarah Whiting was officially announced as "the first" woman dean in the history of the Harvard University-GSD: We accomplished, together!
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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 (Istanbul, 1954-present) with a specific research problem on design architect - (diverse) large scale client  relationship in the private sector, and obtained my Ph.D. in Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture. My secondary expertise and scientific research fields are sociology of the architecture profession, its theory and (postwar) history, modernization of architectural design practice,  design architect practitioner and (large-scale) client relationship, its historical thresholds in postwar Turkey. Prior to my advanced and international scholarly endeavors, I obtained my bachelor and master’s degrees in architecture from Istanbul Technical University established in the 1773. Its Faculty of Architecture is "the first" school in the world that obtained recognition from the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB) outside the US in 2008 as well (2). Following my professional degree in architecture, my graduation project was nominated as an award candidate at the 5th National Architecture Awards by the Chamber of Architects of Turkey, and was exhibited in this Award Program's Travelling Exhibition across the country. As a passionate architect, I pursued my design, teaching and publishing practice in architecture as well. 
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In my expertise fields in architecture, I have international scholarly publications, published interviews and a collection curated and developed for Archnet at MIT. According to Archnet at MIT, the collection I created and developed for this resourse is the largest of several additions to their Women in Architecture Collection. (in 2016). (3). 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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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). These 19 editorial monographs are "first" series on pioneering international and national modern and contemporary architects for scholars and readers in Turkish architecture. 
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As the first-generation international (and woman) scholar, I am proud of being a graduate of Erenkoy Girls High School (with honors) in Istanbul as well: Leman Tomsu and Munevver Belen, the first two women architects of Turkey were graduated from the same high school, and it is one of the oldest surviving high schools with its high standards in education in the country. (1911-present).
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Following invitation e-mail by its current chair to join the proposal of Women in Architecture Affiliate Group at the Society of Architectural Historians, I was also invited by her e-mail to serve as a member of its "first" Register Committee and to support its Media and Communication Team. (4). With the establishment of the Registers Committee in December 2020, as its invited member, I submitted my systematic, in-depth and comprehensive research on archival resources of diverse women architects in January and February 2021 (41 pages) as “the first” register of this Committee on archives (5). My submitted systematic, in-depth and comprehensive research study also includes bibliograghy on diverse women architects.
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Finally, I am 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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As a passionate architect, accomplished scholar and educator, I am always open new and inspiring projects for a better architecture! For lecture and speaking arrangements, online teaching, collaborative projects, and questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:
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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 Historic Interiors Affiliate Group, Research Committee member
(2021-present)
• The SAH Climate Change and Architectural History Affiliate Group
(2021-present)
• The SAH Minority Scholars Affiliate Group, (2020-present)
• The SAH Race and Architectural History Affiliate Group (2020-present)
• The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America (2020-2021; 2017-2018)
• The Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS) (2020-2021)
• SpaceArchitecture.org (2020-2022)
•European Architectural History Network (EAHN) (2019-present)
• The Society of American Archivists, SAA. (2019-2020).
• Northeast Modern Language Association (2020-2021)
• 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)
• The SAH-Women in architecture-affiliate group, (first) Registers Committee, member (on archives and bibliography, 2021 - 2022, September), Media and Communication team support (for “Humanities Common” page, 2021 - 2022, September).
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