Bio: Meltem Ö. Gürel is an Associate Professor and the Founding Chair of the Department of Architecture at Bilkent University. She received her Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to joining Bilkent University, Dr. Gürel practiced architecture in Illinois and New York. She was a visiting instructor at UIUC’s School of Architecture in 1997. At Bilkent, she also served as the Chair of the Interior Architecture and Environmental Design Department. Her research interests include architectural theory and criticism, cross-cultural histories of modernism with an emphasis on social, gender and cultural studies as they have influenced the built environment – especially in Turkey – in the mid-twentieth century, space-culture relationship, and design education. Dr. Gürel received numerous research grants and published articles in leading journals, including Journal of Architecture, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research Journal of Design History, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and Gender, Place and Culture. Her work was also published in edited books, such as Routledge Companion to Design Studies. Recently, she published Mid-Century Modernism in Turkey: Architecture Across Cultures in the 1950s and 1960s (an edited book by Routledge, 2016).