About Dr. Ekici
Didem Ekici’s teaching and research interests revolve around the themes of health, materiality, the human body, gender, the Anthropocene, and built environment spanning from the Enlightenment era to the present day. She is the co-editor of Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body (Routledge, 2017), Housing and the City (Routledge, 2022), and Textile in Architecture: From the Middle Ages to Modernism (Routledge, 2023). She has authored various book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Architecture, Journal of Society of Architectural Historians, and gtapapers.
Currently, Ekici is working on her book manuscript, Body, Cloth, and Clothing in Architecture from the Age of Mass Manufacture to the First World War. She has chaired international conferences, conference sessions and workshops at the European Architecture History Network, College Art Association, Society of Architectural Historians, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and Architectural Humanities Research Association. She has held research fellowships from The Wellcome Trust, German Academic Exchange Service, University of Nottingham, University of Lincoln, Wolfsonian-Florida International University, and University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. Ekici earned her Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2004-2008)
- Master of Arts in Architectural History and Theory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2001-2004)
- Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1998-2000)
- Bachelor of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1994-1998)
Research and publications
Coeditor, Textile in Architecture: From the Middle Ages to Modernism. Co-edited with Patricia Blessing and Basile C. Baudez. Routledge, forthcoming in 2023.
Coeditor, Housing and the City. Co-edited with Katharina Borsi, Jonathan Hale, Nick Haynes. Routledge, 2022.
“The Concept of Type in Hellerau Garden City.” In Housing and the City, edited by Katharina Borsi, Didem Ekici, Jonathan Hale, and Nick Haynes. London and New York: Routledge, 2022
“Airborne Infection and Breathing Walls.” Gta papers 5, theme issue, Social Distance. (2021): 132-37.
Teaching and advising
- ARCH 572: Retrofitting Suburbia for Today’s Households (or What Would a Non-Sexist Suburb Look Like?)
- Jessica Kate Cretney “The Concentration Camp, Spatial Experience and Architectural Modernism, 1933-1945” PhD diss. (DeMontfort University, Midlands4Cities, in progress).
- Majed Alghaemdi “The Role of Bodily Intentionality in Steven Holl's Kiasma Museum” (PhD diss. (University of Nottingham, in progress).
- Nisa Gunduz, “Sensory urban mapping: a case study of Istiklal Street, Istanbul with the method of 'sensewalking'” PhD diss. (University of Nottingham, 2021).
- Amandeep Sangha, “William Lethaby, Symbolism and the Occult” PhD diss. (University of Nottingham, 2017).