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Associate Professor of Architecture, Cornell University, New York

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow - Class of Fall 2016


Esra Akcan was educated as an architect in Turkey and received her PhD from Columbia University in New York. Her research on modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism foregrounds the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia. Her work has been supported by the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Graham Foundation, Clark Institute, Getty Research Institute, Canadian Center for Architecture, Mellon Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service, and Kress Foundation, among others. She has authored more than a hundred articles in scholarly books and professional journals in multiple languages. Her books include Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey, and the Modern House (Duke, 2012), which offers a new way to understand the global movement of architecture by extending the notion of translation beyond language to visual fields, and Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (Chicago, 2012; coauthor Sibel Bozdoğan). Akcan has also exhibited her work at venues including the Istanbul Design Biennale and the Istanbul Architecture Festival.