Esra Akcan is a Member of the Board of Directors at CUDRR+R.

Esra Akcan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University, New York. She completed her architecture degree at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and her Ph.D and postdoctoral degrees at Columbia University in New York. She taught history-theory classes and architectural design studios at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Humboldt University in Berlin, Columbia University, New School, and Pratt Institute in New York, and METU in Ankara.

Dr. Akcan received numerous awards and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, Graham Foundation, Clark Institute, Getty Research Institute, Canadian Center for Architecture, CAA, Mellon Foundation, DAAD and KRESS/ARIT.  She has recently received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, and became a F2016 fellow to complete her book manuscript Open Architecture.

Esra Akcan has authored over a hundred articles in scholarly books and professional journals of multiple languages on contemporary theory (critical and postcolonial theory, globalization) and modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism on Europe and West Asia. Among others, she is recently the author of Architecture in Translation (Duke University Press, 2012), Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion, 2012, with Sibel Bozdoğan). Some of Esra’s recently published articles are:

Esra Akcan, “Kreuzberg 10963: Living and Dying in the Asihaus,Berlin Journal no. 30, Fall 2016, pp. 6-11
Esra Akcan, “Society of Political Images: Centric and Common Proliferation of Photography,” The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 28 (Wolfsonian Institute), guest edited by Sibel Bozdoğan (Fall 2017)
Esra Akcan, “Modernity as Perpetual War or Perpetual Peace?” The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East: From ‎Napoleon to ISIS, Nasser Rabbat and Pamela Karimi (eds.) (Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, 2016)