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Ipek Türeli

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Architecture (UC Berkeley)

AA Diploma (Architectural Association)

BArch (Istanbul Technical University)

Macdonald-Harrington Building
Room 306
Tel.: 514-398-6711
ipek [dot] tureli [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


Ipek Türeli's research and teaching focus on visual culture, comparative urbanism, and architectural history. She has published on visualizations of the city in mass media, and social engagement in professional practice. Her research on Istanbul was awarded the Regents Fellowship at UC Berkeley, and external grants by the Graham Foundation and MERC, and postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University and MIT. She is the co-editor of Orienting Istanbul (2010); and guest editor of IJIA’s special issue on “Streets of Protest” (March 2013). Her new project on the intertwined histories of transnational education and global architectural practice is supported by FQRSC and SSHRC. Prof. Tureli collaborates in design, media, and installation works (www.dmrlab.org).


Courses Fall 2014

ARCH 684 Contemporary Theory 1

ARCH 540 Sel Topics in Architecture 1: 'Knowledge Institutions

Courses given, 2013-2014

Seminars and lectures

ARCH 684 Contemporary Theory 1, Fall 2013

ARCH 251 Architectural History 2, Winter 2014 

ARCH 566 Cultural Landscapes Seminar, Winter 2014

Architectural design studios

ARCH 677 Architectural Design 3, Summer 2014


Recent and Upcoming Talks

Fall 2014

"Building Architectural Networks: Translating the Campus Typology from the US to the Ottoman Empire," at the Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) “Whose Tradition?” to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 14-17, 2014.

Summer 2014

"Night-time Illumination in Istanbul," at “The Urban Night: Issues of Culture, Security and Inclusion,” organized by Prof. Will Straw, Montreal, August 7, 2014 (location to be confirmed).

Live radio interview on the "homeless spikes" in Montreal, at CBC Daybreak, with host Sarah Leavitt, June 12, 2014.

Winter 2014

"Architectural Networks: Missionary Schools in the Eastern Mediterranean," in the panel entitled "Sacred Power: Religion, Politics and Architecture in the 20th Century," SAH Conference, Austin, Texas, April 11, 2014.

"Housing for Spatial Justice," School of Architecture, McGill University, March 31, 2014.

"The City in Black-and-White," Freer and Sackler, The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art, February 23, 2014.

Fall 2013

“The City in Black-and-White,” SALT Galata in Istanbul, Workshop on "Urban Enclosures and Resistances,” organized by DFG Emmy Noether Research Group on "Changing Imaginations of Istanbul," 8 November, 2013.

“Visualizing Urban History in Istanbul,” Austrian Cultural Forum in Istanbul, Conference “IMAGES (III) – Images of the City," 31 October, 2013.

“Moving Images of the Peripheries,” 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Book of Songs and Places” by Maxime Hourani at IMC 5533, 19 September, 2013.  

“Panoramic Urbanism, Panoramic Planning,” UC Berkeley CED Draper Architecture Series; 9 September, 2013.


Latest publications

“''Small' Architectures, Walking and Camping in Middle Eastern Cities,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 2.1 (March 2013): 5-38(34).

"Istanbul in Black and White: Cinematic Memory," Freer and Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian) in the special dossier 'Cinematic Urbanism' - an online component of Ars Orientalis 42 (October 2012).


Current research project

Building Architectural Networks: American Missionary Schools in the Eastern Mediterranean

Research grants:

Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC, Quebec Fund for Research, Society and Culture) grant in the amount of $39,600 (April 2013).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant in the amount of $54,859 (September 2013).