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

Esra Akcan is the Michael McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory at the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. She is also the Institute of European Studies Director at the Eunadi Center for International Studies. 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 Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, 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) and Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion, 2012, with Sibel Bozdoğan). Esra Akcan is currently writing the book: Right to Heal: Architecture in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Societies as part of her Radcliffe Institute Fellowship.