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Fatma Tanış is a Ph.D. candidate and tutor at TU Delft and the Coordinator of Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut, 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 has started her doctoral research on port city culture in İzmir at the Department of Architecture, Delft University of Technology.

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.

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". Building on her interdisciplinary background, currently, she is exploring her home city of 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.

Tanış is an active participant in national and international conferences, workshops, and academic debates. She is fluent in English (C1), German (C1), and Turkish (native).

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

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