Hulya Turgut (Turkey)

Professor Turgut’s main research interests focus on Architectural Design Education, Housing Design and Research, and Culture and Space Studies. Much of her research engages with globalization and its effects on housing trends, urban transformation and revitalization projects. Her current research focuses on place attachment in displacement and replacement issues dealing with urban transformation projects in Istanbul.

In addition to continuous work on integrating culture and space studies into architectural education and design studio teaching practices, Professor Turgut’s current teaching involves issues directly related to EB paradigms in urban housing design studios, and in theoretical courses on housing culture, architectural and urban identity in globalization processes.

She is a joint co-coordinator of the IAPS-CS Culture and Space Network; under the framework of this network, she has been chairing the International and National Culture and Space Symposium series and organizing Culture and Space Design Workshops for post graduate students, and Student Design Competitions. Dr. Turgut is also a co-editor of IAPS-CSBE Network Book Series.

In addition to these activities, she has held several joint symposiums with the Education, Housing and Sustainability IAPS networks in Istanbul, Korea and Spain.

She is author of several books and articles on culture and space studies and architecture education. Some of recent publications include:

…2010: ‘Culture, Space and Revitalisation: Strategies and Experiences of Urban Renewal and Transformation,’ Editors: Hulya Turgut, Rod Lawrence and Peter Kellett, Open House International, December 2010 vol.35 no.4

…2012: ‘Requalifying The Built Environment: Challenges and Responses’, Editors: R. Lawrence, H. Turgut, & P. Kellett, Advances in People-Environment Studies, Vol.4, Hogrefe, Almanya, 2012.

…2013:“Istanbul as a palimpsest city and imperfection”, in A/Z Journal Spring 2013, Vol. 10, No:1.

I have several reason for standing for the IAPS Board, including my management experience of IAPS-Culture and Space Network, and my scientific background in environment-behaviour activities and research.

I have been serving as co-convener of the IAPS Culture and Space network since 1997. As well as the success of the network in conducting, organizing and promoting environment-behaviour research, I believe that my current research and engagements with several international organizations and journals will enable me to play an active and informed role on the IAPS Board.  My international and national relations and engagements will be valuable for networking and promoting the work of IAPS.

IAPS is a leading and strong organization in Europe and as an architect and educator, I will actively contribute to IAPS’ international presence and visibility in the developing world with a focus on Turkey and other countries. I will continue to spread the word on the value of environment and behaviour research in the context of architecture in academic research and professional practice.

Finally, I will continue to be active in encouraging other networks to engage in more joint interdisciplinary activities.


Hulya Turgut is a well-known member of Iaps since many years, with an outstanding reputation for her high scientific capacities and for her active role in participating to all Iaps activities, including the Iaps networks. I support her candidature for being part of the Iaps board.


Professor Turgut has been an active and enthusiastic member of IAPS for many years.  As an experienced academic working in the field of EBS from an architectural perspective she has an impressive track record of interdisciplinary collaborative research projects and publications as well as considerable pedagogic experience.  She has the skills and abilities which will make her a valuable member of the IAPS board – which is well demonstrated by her effective leadership of the Culture and Space IAPS Network.  She has initiated numerous workshops, seminars, conferences both in Turkey and internationally which have brought together professionals from different disciplines and continents; and played an active role in organising collaborative workshops and seminars with other IAPS networks.  In addition, her geographic base in Turkey will be valuable in widening the role and engagement of IAPS in the eastern Mediterranean and beyond.