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Primary Scientific
Research Interests:
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Public health, climate and social justice, immigration and intersectional feminism in (postwar) architecture (history) with a focus on diverse and inclusive historical documentation practice and method(s).
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Secondary Scientific
Research Fields
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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) 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 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 the manuscript for my book.
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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). With my scholarly mission to support and promote inclusive and diverse mindset in architecture (history), I was 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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I am pleased to receive invitation emails by the Chair of Historic Interiors Affiliate Group at the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH-HIG) to join their “first" Research Committee, and by the Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians-Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (SAH-WiA AG) to join their “first" Register Committee, and Media and Communication Team to conduct projects as their members. With the goal of fostering new understandings of the history of interiors, I am 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), have been working on archives and collections on historic interiors with a multidisciplinary perspective and some data of the SAH-Data Report (2021). My systematic research on archival sources (which I submitted in January and February 2021) is “the first” submitted collection (40 pages) 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. 
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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 has been a pleasure for me to be an active part of the 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 message, in April 2019, Professor Sarah Whiting was 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. (3). 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 pursued my design, teaching and publishing practice in architecture as well. 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.
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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
                                                                                                                      For notes, please click
                                                                                                                                                                                  
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 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