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Burak Erdim, PhD

Burak Erdim, PhD

Burak Erdim, PhD

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Email: berdim@ncsu.edu Phone: (919) 515-8356

Education

  • PhD in Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia (2012)
  • Master of Architecture, University of Virginia (2005)
  • Master of Architectural History, University of Virginia (2004)
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Mississippi State University (1995)

Biography

Burak Erdim is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State University where he teaches lecture and seminar courses on the history and theory of modern architecture and urbanism as well as studios in beginning design and urban history. He was previously a Visiting Professor at Mississippi State University (2009-11) and taught history seminars and studios as a lecturer at the University of Virginia (2008-09). He holds a Ph.D in the History of Art and Architecture (Dec. 2012) as well as a Master’s degree in Architecture (2005) from the University of Virginia. Erdim is a licensed architect and is also the coordinator of the Graduate Concentration in the History and Theory of Architecture at NC State University.

Erdim’s research and writing examine the operations of post-World War II planning cultures with a focus on transnational exchanges in housing and planning between multiple zones of reconstruction and development including but not limited to areas in North America, Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle East. He is also the principal investigator of the ongoing Networks of Architecture and Development project at NC State University, which examines the developments in the American South within the broader context of the postwar world. Erdim contributes regularly to publications and symposia on transnational modernisms. His recent essay entitled, “Academy and Landscapes of Development,” is featured in the upcoming volume entitled, Landscape and the Academy, edited by John Beardsley and Daniel Bluestone (Dumbarton Oaks, forthcoming). He has also contributed a chapter to the recent volume, Mid-Century Modernism in Turkey: Architecture across Cultures in the 1950s and 1960s (edited by Meltem Gürel in 2015). Another essay on the establishment of a School of Architecture and Community Planning in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in decolonizing Ghana was published in 2017 in Arris, Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Prior to his work on postwar modernisms, his investigation of Bruno Taut’s school buildings in early Republican Turkey was published in the Journal of the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Erdim’s work has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Foundation in 2007 and 2008; from the Middle East Studies Program at NC State in 2013; from Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in fall 2016; and by the Aga Khan Program at MIT this spring. He is currently working on completing his book manuscript on cultural and economic exchanges between the United States and Turkey within the political context of the Cold War with a focus on the establishment and planning of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, in 1956.

Teaching and Research Interests

History and theory of modern architecture and urbanism; history of architectural and planning education and practice; systems of modernization, colonization, and globalization; the United States and the World 1850- present; multiple modernities and transnational practice; modernism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Awards/Grants

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, Spring 2017
  • Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, Fall 2016
  • Research Travel Fellowship, Urban Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks and the Mellon Foundation, Washington, DC, Summer 2016
  • Middle East Studies Program Grant for research in Turkey, summer 2013.
  • College of Design, Strategic Research Grant for research in Kumasi, Ghana and Turkey, Spring 2013.
  • Dissertation Writing Year Fellowship, 2011-12, Departments of Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia.
  • Fulbright Research Grant in Turkey, 2007-08.

Publications

“Academy and Landscapes of Development: Nationalizing Planning Cultures in the Cold War Middle East,” in Landscape and the Academy, edited by John Beadsley and Daniel Bluestone. Dumbarton Oaks, forthcoming.
Under the Flags of the Marshall Plan: Multiple Modernisms and Professional Legitimacy in the Cold War Middle East,” chapter in Mid-Century Modernism in Turkey: Architecture Across Cultures in the 1950s and 1960s, edited by Meltem Gürel, (Routledge, Sep. 2015), 113-140.
“Revolution or a Country of Transition: Community Planning as a New Profession in Ghana and Beyond,” ARRIS-Journal of the Society of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians 27: (2016), 22-35.

“From Germany, to Japan and Turkey: Modernity, Locality and Bruno Taut’s Transnational Details from 1933-38.” Lunch 2, Journal of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, (2007): 103-115.

Conference Papers

  • “From Policy to Training of Planners: Formulating a New Strategy for Development, 1954-56,” Eighth Savannah Symposium, “Modernities across Time and Space,” SCAD, February, 2013.
  • “Transnational Communities: Spatializing Training and Education in the Cold War Middle East, 1954-61,” in a panel entitled, “Architecture and Urban Development in the Middle East,” at the Urban History Association Sixth Biennial Conference, “The Cosmopolitan Metropolis,” New York City, October 25-28, 2012.
  • “Role of the Expert: Charles Abrams in Ankara, Turkey, October 1954,” Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual Meeting in Detroit, April 2012.
  • “(Re)Locating Anatolia during the Cold War: Cevat Erder and the Establishment of METU Department of Restoration and Preservation of Historical Monuments,” College Art Association (CAA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, February, 2010.
  • “Architectural Education, Postwar Ideology, and the Turkish State: Designing Model Communities for the Middle East, 1950-60,” Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) annual meeting in Jackson, MS, Oct. 2009.
  • “From Empire to Republic: Continuities of Ottoman Imperial Socio-Spatial Practices in the Modern Capital of the Early Turkish Republic,” Fifth Savannah Symposium, SCAD, Feb. 2007.
  • “From Germany, to Japan and Turkey: Modernity, Locality and Bruno Taut’s Transnational Details from 1933-38,” Fourth Savannah Symposium, SCAD, February, 2005.

Invited Lectures

  • The Mosque and the Arcade: Academy and Nationhood in the Cold War Middle East,” MIT, Spring 2017
  • Nation’s Domicile: Politics of Housing and Land Economics in the Cold War Frontier,” paper presentation at the Landscapes of Development, Princeton University, Spring 2017
  • “Presenting the Making of the Middle East Technical University,” Art, Art History, and Visual Studies Department at Duke University, Informal Lecture Series.
  • “From Empire to Republic: Continuities of Ottoman Imperial Socio-Spatial Practices in the Modern Capital of the Early Turkish Republic,” Architectural History Lecture Series, Middle East Technical University (METU).
  • “Identities, Encounters, and other Spatial Experiments, 1995-2005,” Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey.
  • “Imperial Ambitions of Süleyman the Magnificent,” Ar H 334/734, University of Virginia.
  • “Sinan’s Istanbul: Remaking of an Imperial Capital,” Ar H 201/701, University of Virginia.
  • “A House of Friendship in Istanbul,” Master’s Thesis Research and Design project in Architecture, in SARC 600, Common Course; and in Arch 101, Lessons of the Lawn, University of Virginia.

Networks of Architecture and Development class and project:
https://omeka.design.ncsu.edu/omeka/neatline/fullscreen/the-rebel-cities-project#records/574

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Departments

Architecture, PhD in Design