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Didem Ekici

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Didem Ekici specializes in architecture culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research interests revolve around the themes of body, health, and textiles in architecture.

Ekici received her PhD in Architectural History and Theory 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. She is the co-editor of Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body (Routledge, 2017) as well as the author of numerous articles on modern architecture, the healthy body culture, hygiene, asceticism, orientalism, and urban memory in the German speaking world. 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 teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on the history and theory of architecture. The recent modules she has taught include Contemporary Theories in Architecture and… read more

Research Summary

Currently, Didem is working on a project titled Body, Cloth and Clothing in Architecture, 1800-1930. It examines the assumption that a seamless transition existed from the body to clothes to domestic… read more

Selected Publications

Didem Ekici teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on the history and theory of architecture. The recent modules she has taught include Contemporary Theories in Architecture and Architecture in the Age of Planetary Crisis, and architecture history survey.

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

Current Research

Currently, Didem is working on a project titled Body, Cloth and Clothing in Architecture, 1800-1930. It examines the assumption that a seamless transition existed from the body to clothes to domestic interior to buildings in German speaking world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She traces this continuity in the discourses on style, ornament, fashion and health.

Past Research

Didem Ekici's research focuses on a set of interrelated themes: body and architecture, the domestic interior, and architecture under capitalism and mass culture with an emphasis on German architecture culture. She is the co-editor of Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body (Routledge, 2017) as well as the author of numerous articles on modern architecture, the healthy body culture, hygiene, asceticism, orientalism, and urban memory. Her scholarly work has appeared in such journals as 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

I welcome inquires from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: architecture and body, healing spaces, domestic interior, textiles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Architecture, Culture and Tectonics

The University of Nottingham
Faculty of Engineering
Nottingham, NG7 2RD


telephone: +44 (0)115 74 86257
email:ACT@nottingham.ac.uk