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Zeynep Celik

Distinguished Professor of Architecture Zeynep Celik, PhD, an architectural historian and award-winning author, is noted for her books and scholarly fine arts exhibits illuminating the Ottoman Empire, French colonial architecture and urbanism, and cross-cultural topics.  Her most recent museum collaboration, “1001 Faces of Orientalism,” at the Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, was featured prominently in The New York Times.  The show opened April 25, 2013 and will close Aug. 11, 2013. 

Celik’s books include The Remaking of Istanbul: Portrait of an Ottoman City in the Nineteenth Century (1986), winner of the Institute of Turkish Studies Book Award, 1987; Displaying the Orient: Architecture of Islam at Nineteenth Century World’s Fairs (1992); Streets: Critical Perspectives on Public Space (1993—co-editor); Urban Forms and Colonial Confrontations: Algiers under French Rule (1997); Empire, Architecture, and the City: French-Ottoman Encounters, 1830-1914 (2008), winner of the Society of Architectural Historians Spiro Kostof Book Award, 2010; Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image (2009—co-editor); and Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (co-editor, 2011).  She is also the author of many articles on cross-cultural topics.

Celik has received prestigious fellowships including support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2012); John Simon Guggenheim (2004); and American Council of Learned Societies (2011, 2004, 1992).

Celik served as the editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2000-2003).  Prior to her most recent collaboration in Turkey, Celik co-curated “Walls of Algiers” at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (May-October 2009) and “Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914” at Salt, Istanbul (October 2011-March 2012).

Celik received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Last updated: July 2013

Topics: architecture, urban history, architectural history