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As a scholar with Ph.D. in postwar architecture history, I am “the first” scholar to uncover “career history of Turkish and Turkish-American women architects in postwar US architecture”, a significant feminist case from the modern Middle East in multicultural US architecture history, and “the first scholar" to explore “early women architects from the Princeton University, School of Architecture” since the beginning of co-education at that SoA. With MIT's academic sponsorship for two years, my scholarly project brings into focus a critical insight into the politics of gender in institutional policies, academia, the profession, education, history and history-writing. 
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I am also "the first curator and scholar" creating and developing a collection on pioneering Turkish women architects, "Women in Modern and Contemporary Territories of Turkish Architecture" at MIT. Conducted for Archnet, online source of MIT and named one of the top 20 architecture websites by the Global Grid in 2016 (3), my collection aims to stimulate critical awareness of gender and women in architecture (in its profession, practice, education, history and historiography), and to give an impetus for new collections in those fields.
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With my editorial and architectural background on modern Turkey along with my scholarly perspective, I also conducted an extensive project on "Arkitekt", the leading professional architectural journal published in modern Turkey (1931-1981) for Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals at Columbia University while conducting my Ph.D. dissertation research at that academic institution in 2008-2009. Creating and entering 50 years of (architectural) metadata (1931-1981) on modern and contemporary Turkish architecture, editors, architectural historians, critics, practitioners, etc. published by "Arkitekt", my project and contribution to Avery Index to Architectural Periodical aim to support diverse knowledge sources in relation to unique architectural culture of modern Turkey  in-between East and West for international scholarly research community.
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With my deep interest in the intersection of social dimension of architecture and humanities, I am also member of Citizen TALES Commons, Boston-based international and multidisciplinary scholarly research and communication platform on critical topics of civic engagement and citizenship in partnership with Harvard and Boston universities, Emerson College.
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In order to bring into focus the creative potential of diversity and multicultural perspective as related to immigrant architects and underrepresented communities in the U.S. architecture, I conducted two short documentary film projects relevant to my expertise field and a short architectural film. 
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I obtained my Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, the first school in the world that obtained recognition from the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB) outside the US in 2008. (4). My architecture graduation project was nominated as the award candidate at the Fifth National Architecture Awards organized by the Chamber of Architects of Turkey, and I partipated in the Fifth National Architecture Awards Exhibition with this project.
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Following my professional degree in architecture, I maintained very productive dialogs and collaboration with Turkish academia by promoting critical discussion platforms to re-evaluate existing curriculums and the academic agenda. In relation to my master thesis, I took the first step with Prof. Dr. Safak Ural at the Department of Philosophy at Istanbul University to organize “Architecture and Philosophy I”, national symposium which offered a rich academic platform to discuss the influence of philosophy on architecture through the extensive participation of philosophers, professors and practitioners in Turkish architecture. Bringing together professors, scholars, critics in Turkish architecture and in the field of philosophy, I served as its organizing committee member and delivered my published presentation. Considering its success and positive feedbacks, this academic event turned into a national symposium series organized under various philosophy-architecture themes.
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Prior to Istanbul Technical University, I pursued my secondary education at the Erenkoy Girls High School founded in Istanbul in 1911 and one of the oldest surviving girls' high schools in modern Turkey. Leman Cevat Tomsu and Munevver Belen Gozeler, "the first" two women architects of the country (1934) were among inspiring graduates of my high school.
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My Studies on academia.edu:
https://mit.academia.edu/MeralEkinciogluPhD
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My Studies on ResearchGate:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Meral_Ekincioglu/research
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 Profile on Humanities Common:
https://hcommons.org/members/meral2020/

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