Ipek Tureli’s research focuses on architectural urban history, visual culture, and comparative urbanism. She received her Ph.D. in Architecture at UC Berkeley with a dissertation that explored the staging of Istanbul in the second half of the twentieth century, and interrogated the relationship between urban representations, the production of subjectivity, and the built environment. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained her professional degrees in architecture from the Architectural Association in London and Istanbul Technical University, and has experience in architectural practice in Turkey and the UK. She taught architectural design studio courses at Middle East Technical University in Ankara and at Berkeley, and architectural and urban history and theory courses at Berkeley and Brown. During her first year as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, she co-edited Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe?, a book that explores how processes of creative production and exhibition are intertwined with neoliberal urban restructuring. She is currently working on her book manuscript, “Istanbul, Open City: Exhibiting Anxieties of Urban Modernity.”
Dr. Tureli offered Urban Modernity and the Middle East at Brown University twice as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History of Art and Architecture. Since January 2012, she is Assistant Professor of Architecture at McGill University; and will be offering a course on the “Structure of Cities” in Winter 2013.