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Didem Ekici

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Didem Ekici specializes in history and theory of architecture since the Enlightenment. She is the author of Body, Cloth, and Clothing in Architecture from the Age of Mass Manufacture to the First World War (under review) and the co-editor of Textile in Architecture: From the Middle Ages to Modernism (Routledge, forthcoming in 2023), Housing and the City (Routledge, 2022), and Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body (Routledge, 2017). She has authored numerous articles on modern architecture, domestic interior, health, materiality, hygiene, asceticism, orientalism, and urban memory.

Ekici received her PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a MArch and BArch from Middle East Technical University. She has held research fellowships from The Wellcome Trust, The German Academic Exchange Service, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, and The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. Ekici is a part of the Architecture, Culture and Tectonics (ACT) Research Group.

Expertise Summary

  • Ph. D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • M. Arch., Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • B.Arch., Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Teaching Summary

Didem Ekici has taught undergraduate and graduate level design studio and courses on the history and theory of architecture. The recent modules she has taught include MArch Design Thesis Research and… read more

Research Summary

Didem's first book Body, Cloth and Clothing in Architecture from the Age of Mass Manufacture to the First World War is currently under review. It investigates the intersections between body,… read more

Selected Publications

Didem Ekici has taught undergraduate and graduate level design studio and courses on the history and theory of architecture. The recent modules she has taught include MArch Design Thesis Research and Architectural Research Studio, Contemporary Theories in Architecture, Architecture in the Age of Planetary Crisis, and History of World Architecture.

Her weekly drop-in hour is on Wednesdays 12.00-13.00

Current Research

Didem's first book Body, Cloth and Clothing in Architecture from the Age of Mass Manufacture to the First World War is currently under review. It investigates the intersections between body, textiles, clothes, soft furnishings, and architectural surfaces in the German speaking world from the 1830s until the break of WWI, when the latter came under increasing scrutiny as the primary site of artistic expression, symbolic meaning, cultural development, medical inspection, and exchange with the environment. The book traces the assumed continuity from the body to clothes to domestic interior to buildings in the discourses on style, ornament, fashion, and health.

Didem has co-edited three collections: Housing and the City (Routledge, 2022) with Katharina Borsi, Jonathan Hale and Nick Haynes,Textile in Architecture From the Middle Ages to Modernism (Routledge, forthcoming in 2023) with Patricia Blessing and Basile Baudez, and Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body with Sarah Schrank (Routledge, 2017).

Past Research

Didem Ekici's past research focused on a set of interrelated themes: body, health, the domestic interior and built environment under capitalism and mass culture. She is the author of numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles on modern architecture, the healthy body culture, hygiene, asceticism, orientalism, and urban memory. Her scholarly work has appeared in edited volumes and such journals as gtapapers, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architecture, Journal of Architectural Education, and International Studies in Philosophy.

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Wellcome Trust in Medical History and Humanities Grant, 2014

DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Study Visit Grant for Senior Academics (Host institute: Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin), 2013

U. of Michigan Rackham Graduate School One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, 2008

The Wolfsonian-Florida International University Fellowship, 2007

U. of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Research Grant for dissertation research, 2007

U. of Michigan Rackham/Hewlett/International Institute International Travel Grant, 2006

DAAD Graduate Research Scholarship for dissertation research in Germany, 2006

U. of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Student Fellow, 2005-2006

U. of Michigan Global Ethnic Literatures Seminar Fellowship (declined), 2005

U. of Michigan Center for European Studies Fellowship for dissertation research, 2005

U. of Michigan International Institute Graduate Seminar on Global Transformations, 2005-2006

U. of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Discretionary Funds for dissertation research 2004

U. of Michigan International Institute Predissertation Research Grant for research, 2003

U. of Michigan Graduate Fellowship, 2001-2005

Future Research

She welcomes inquires from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: architecture in the Anthropocene, body, healing spaces, domestic interior, housing, and textiles.

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