Meral Ekincioglu (“Hacker”),* Ph.D., Architect
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology-History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture Program
The Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Ph.D. Program
The Harvard University, History of Art and Architecture, Ph.D. Program
Trained as an architect, I am a scholar with a Ph.D. degree in Architecture and conducted my advanced and in-depth academic research projects at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture Program (two years), the Columbia University, Graduate School of Planning and Preservation, Ph.D. Program (7 months) and the Harvard University, Aga Khan History of Art and Architecture, Ph.D. Program (10 months) as visiting and research scholar. My scholarly endeavor is based on problem-centered research in order to push convential limits of scholarly knowledge production on architectural design thinking, its practice and the profession for the benefits of human beings, their healthy and sustainable life conditions.
In the field of space architecture, my aim is to contribute to international (scholarly) research on “making history in space architecture”, in particular, with an emphasis on design architect’s emerging mode(s) of cutting-edge practice(s) in extraterrestial architecture for long-term (and/or) permanent and self-sufficient human settlements and environmental habitats. While exploring innovative constructions of historical challenge in this architecture, my research also investigates “how emerging methods, technology and modes of design architect’s practice(s) in conjuction with latest and advanced developments in engineering, construction and building materials can enchance, support and promote more healthy and sustainable buildings and environments with a human-centric mindset not only in extraterrestrial architecture but also on the Earth as well.
Prior to my current (scholarly) research on this subject, on my expertise fields, I was invited as a speaker and panelist at the MIT-HTC, the MIT-WGS, the MIT-Museum, the Harvard-GSD, CUNY, the International Women in Architecture Symposium at Virginia Tech., the 71st Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)-Annual International Conference where I was awarded by a SAH Fellowship (2018), WikiConference North America at MIT (2019), the 51st NeMLA Convention titled “Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures” at Boston University (2020), “Media in Transition 5 and 6” at the MIT-Comparative Media Studies (2007 and 2009). In addition, my conference abstract was officially accepted by “Midwest Archives Conference” (2020), and I will be speaking at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. (2020).
*For “hacking culture” at MIT, see: http://hacks.mit.edu/, last accessed on 7.2.2020.