Didem Ekici specializes in architecture culture since the Enlightenment. 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), Housing and the City (Routledge, forthcoming in 2022), and Textile in Architecture (Routledge, under contract) as well as the author of numerous articles on modern architecture, health, materiality, hygiene, asceticism, orientalism, and urban memory. Ekici is a part of the Architecture, Culture and Tectonics (ACT) Research Group.
- 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
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 Contemporary Theories in… read more
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
EKICI, DIDEM, BLESSING, PATRICIA and BAUDEZ, BASIL, eds., 2023. Textile in Architecture from the Middle Ages until the Mid-Twentieth Century Routledge. (In Press.)
KATHARINA BORSI, DIDEM EKICI, JONATHAN HALE and NICK HAYNES, eds., 2022. Housing and the City Routledge.
DIDEM EKICI, 2021. "Airborne Infection and Breathing Walls" gta papers: Social Distance. 5, 132-137
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.
She is co-editing two collections: Housing and the City (Routledge, forthcoming in 2022) with Katharina Borsi, Jonathan Hale and Nick Haynes and Textile in Architecture From the Middle Ages to Modernism (Routledge under contract) with Patricia Blessing and Basile Baudez.
Didem Ekici's research focuses on a set of interrelated themes: body and architecture, the domestic interior, and architecture under capitalism and mass 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
She welcomes 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, housing since the Enlightenment.