Gul Kacmaz Erk
Lecturer in Architecture, Programme Director (BSc)
I am a lecturer and the undergraduate course leader in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast. I have received BArch and MArch degrees from Middle East Technical University, and PhD degree from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. I have worked professionally as an architect (Isbank Towers Construction, Atelier T Architecture among others) in Istanbul and Amsterdam, and have been a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, USA and University College Dublin, Ireland. I see myself as a promoter of learning; I have taught at Philadelphia University, USA, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and Izmir University of Economics, Turkey before coming to Queen’s. I teach in the areas of Architectural Design, and History, Theory and Criticism. I particularly enjoy studio tutoring, 20thcentury architectural history, architecture in film, representation and media, relationships between theory and practice, as well as dissertations/theses supervision. I also run urban filmmaking workshops for the community.
I enjoy my research as much as teaching. I have been conducting interdisciplinary research at the intersection of architecture and cinema in America, the Netherlands, Turkey, Ireland and the UK since 1994. Using film as a representation of architectural space and/or urban space, I study the relationship between the two disciplines to better understand and interact with the built environment and urban landscapes. So the question that worth exploring for me is: How might film provide a new way of seeing to understand and develop cities and buildings? I run a project research group, in this context: CACity (Cinema and Architecture in the City, www.cacity.org). My research interests include cinema and the city, architecture and film, urban space/architectural space/film space, digital mapping in the humanities, architectural representation and media, and architectural design education.
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