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Ezgi Balkanay

PhD Candidate, ABD

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Ezgi Balkanay is an architect and a Ph.D. in Design Candidate at North Carolina State University in the USA (Provost Doctoral Fellowship, 2016; Building Future Faculty, 2017). She earned her B.Arch., and M.Arch. degrees from Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture in Turkey. She worked as an architect for 3+ years in the public and private sectors. As well as, she worked as an adjunct instructor and teaching assistant at NCSU and METU in various design studios, and seminars. She received design awards, academic writing awards, and Graduate Scholar Awards at conferences.

Ezgi’s research and teaching interests are modernity and post-colonial theories, otherness, design methodology/ pedagogy, and representation in/of architecture. She served as a founding member of various collectives/ task forces tackling the issues of race, gender, and segregation.

▸ Advisor: Burak Erdim, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Design North Carolina State University, 2016-present

Ph.D. in Architecture Middle East Technical University (Ankara), 2016 (transferred)

M.Arch Middle East Technical University, 2014

B.Arch Middle East Technical University, 2010

Area(s) of Expertise

▪︎ Representation (digital technology/ fabrication and hand drawing)
▪︎ Politics of space
▪︎ Cultural production and modernity
▪︎ Postcolonial space
▪︎ Housing
▪︎ Design pedagogy