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Fatma Tanış is researcher and lecturer at TU Delft and the coordinator of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, special research collaboration between TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Tanış trained as an Architect in Istanbul and Stuttgart. She holds Master's degrees in Architectural History (ITU), and Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (MSGSU). After living in Bodrum, İzmir, Porto, and Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, where she deepened her interest in port cities, she had started her doctoral research on port city culture in İzmir at the Department of Architecture, Delft University of Technology and earned her doctoral degree with the dissertation titled Urban Scenes of a Port City: Exploring Beautiful İzmir through Narratives of Cosmopolitan Practices.

Her deep interest in architecture research dates back to her bachelor's degree. She conducted an external research project, parallel to her training in architecture at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Her research on "Modernism and Oscar Niemeyer" was awarded competitively in 2012 by Istanbul, New York, and London based firm Emre Arolat Architecture. The grant was outsourced from the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture.

After her graduation project, focused on İzmir, she followed two master’s programs simultaneously. Tanış completed the studies with her theses on port city research, which were complementary to one another: “The Waterfront Regeneration Projects and Contemporary Design Approaches of European Port Cities” and “Waterfront Regeneration Projects: Development Strategies and Conservation Approaches.” In her doctoral project, she combined her personal interest in literary writing with her interdisciplinary background to explore İzmir from a cross-cultural perspective.

Amongst her academic works, she has been involved in lectures. She was a teaching assistant in "Building Green" with Prof. dr. -ing. Carola Hein (TU Delft), and in "The Global Turn: Modern Architectures and Movements since 1851" with Prof. dr. Tom Avermaete (ETH) & Prof. dr. Michelangelo Sabatino (IIT), in the Department of Architecture at TU Delft. She lectured to master students in the Diploma Studio of Methods & Analysis with Prof. dr. ir. Klaske Havik (TU Delft) regarding "The Port City İzmir as a Cross-Cultural Construct". She is currently tutoring MSc 1 students for the course 'Architectural Positions: Delft Lectures on Architectural Design and Research Methods' addressing contemporary positions in architectural discourse and practice.

In 2018, she was awarded a tuition grant by the Department of Architecture at TU Delft. She was selected by a committee, consisting of several research group leaders, based on academic potential, motivation, scientific output (both achieved and underway), and her active contribution to the department's research community. Since 2019, she has been a guest editor of Spool, the journal for Architecture and the Built Environment, indexed in Google Scholar, the DOAJ, and Scopus. As of 2021, Tanış has become the coordinator of Jaap Bakema Study Centre led by Professor dr. ir. Dirk van den Heuvel.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Coordinator of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

1 Sep 2021 → …


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