School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Zeynep Kezer

Senior Lecturer in Architecture


Education and Qualifications 

  • Ph. D., University of California Berkeley 
  • M. Arch., University of California Berkeley
  • B.Arch., Middle East Technical University

Membership in Professional and Academic Organizations

  • Chamber of Architects of Turkey – Licensed Architect
  • European Architectural History Network
  • Middle Eastern Studies Association
  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
  • European Association of Urban Historians
  • Urban History Association
  • Green College Society, University of British Columbia
  • Global Urban Research Unit, Newcastle University
  • Center for Tectonic Cultures, Newcastle University

Board Membership in Professional and Academic Organizations

  • Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Board Member (2008-2011)
  • Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB), Board Member & Newsletter Editor (2007-2010)
  • European Architectural History Network (EAHN), Board Member (2007-2010)


Research Interests

  • Modern Architectural and Urban History
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Nation-Building Processes
  • The Teaching of Architectural History (contents, perspectives)


  • British Academy Small Research Grant for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Islamic Architecture
  • Maude Hammond Fling Faculty Research Fellowship (University of Nebraska)
  • Cecil Green Research Scholar (University of British Columbia)
  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of British Columbia)


My research as an urban historian sits at the intersection of human geography, material culture and political science and I welcome applications from prospective doctoral students who are interested in modern urban and architectural history and visual culture.  

I currently run the design studio in the first semester of the M Arch Programme. The module, thematically entitled "The Urban Fabric" focuses on the broader social, cultural, historical and political context within which architecture is practiced. The semester starts with a foreign city visit and all activities throughout the semester are anchored around this city to provide utmost immersion into the questions raised by the chosen city. The studio is  dedicated to not only the design process, but is complemented with readings and seminar-style discussions, movie nights, an exhibition and a symposium with invited scholars, who specialize in some aspect of the city in question. The current destination of the studio is Berlin, with Istanbul to follow in 2013.

In addition to questions of urban design, I am interested in the early stages of design education and have taught extensively at this stage in Newcastle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Middle East Technical University.