About Me

I was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1979. I received my BSc in Electronics Engineering and MSc in Science and Technology Policy Studies from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. My MSc project title was “Fundamental Developments of the Sixteenth Century Ottoman Architecture: Innovations in the Art of Architect Sinan”. I received my PhD in History of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University in 2013 with my dissertation entitled “The Building Activities of Gülnuş Emetullah Sultan”. I taught architectural history at Plato Higher Education College in Istanbul between 2010 and 2014. I received the Barakat Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and I spent 2014-2015 academic year at the Khalili Research Centre of University of Oxford. The outcome of my postdoctoral project was the book entitled “The Women Who Built the Ottoman World: Female Patronage and the Architectural Legacy of Gülnuş Sultan”, which was published by I.B.Tauris in June 2017. I have been working as a free-lance writer, translator and editor of architectural history and children’s books since 2009. I am writing articles and short stories for Kumbara and Mini Kumbara, three-monthly children’s magazines and I have recently authored “Architect Sinan Adventure” (Architect Sinan Adventure, YKY, 2016). I am currently a member of Gaziantep University’s Faculty of Architecture and I conduct research projects in the field of architectural history together with my works in children’s literature.