Deniz Çalış Kural

+90 212 311 7715

Santralistanbul / 6 NO'LU BİNA 205

B. Deniz Çalış Kural is an architect and historian. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1995; Master’s Degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1998, and her Ph.D. in Architecture from METU in 2004. She held scholarships and fellowships from TUBİTAK NATO Scholarship (1996-2004), Harvard University Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies (2003-2004), TUBİTAK Bideb Scholarship (2015-2016), and, an associateship at Harvard University Aga KhanProgram for Islamic Architecture (2015-2016). She has taught courses on landscape architecture, Ottoman landscape culture; arts and architecture of the Islamic world, and, the history of urbanism in Constantinople/Istanbul at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the School of Architecture, Department of Architectural History in 2010-2011; has been a full-time faculty in Bahçeşehir University (2007-2011), Yeditepe University (2005-2007) and METU (1998-2000). Çalış acted as Head of the Department of Architecture at Istanbul Bilgi University (2021-2023), Director of the Graduate Program in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism at Istanbul Bilgi University (2015-2022), and as Vice Dean at Yeditepe University (2007). She is the author of the book Şehrengiz, Urban Rituals and Deviant Sufi Mysticism in Ottoman Istanbul (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014 - with a second paperback edition in 2018 by Routledge). Her research topics include cross cultural interactions across the early modern Mediterranean landscape cultures; Ottoman space practices,  (16th c.- 18th c.) including Ottoman garden and landscape traditions, urban culture, as well as, the arts and architecture of the Islamic world. Her portfolio includes multiple scales of design - architectural design, landscape design and urban design. Her most recent project is the urban design of the Beyazıt Square with Ali Kural ( . Her research and projects are published by Harvard University Dumbarton Oaks Press, TOPOS, Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, among others.


1998-2004 PhD, Middle East Technical University Faculty of Architecture, Ankara, TR

2003-2004 Junior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Program

1996-1998 MArch, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY

1997 Special Student, Columbia University School of Architecture, NY, NY

1991-1995 BArch, Middle East Technical University Faculty of Architecture, Ankara, TR   


2011-2023    Istanbul Bilgi University

ARCH 401 / ARCH 402 Architectural Design Studio Senior Year

ARCH 201 / ARCH 202 Architectural Design Studio I and II (2nd Year, Coordinator)

ARCH 241, 242, 341 History of Architecture/ Survey Courses I-II-III 

ARCH 355 / ARCH 356 Landscapes of Istanbul I and II (Byzantion/Constantinople/Istanbul: Urban History as Landscape)

ARCH 326 Landscape Traditions of the Early Modern Mediterranean

HTC 510 Methodology in Design Studies

ARCH 525 Landscape Culture

ARCH 526 Landscape Traditions of the Early Modern Mediterranean

HTC 529 Non/Urban Landscape(s)

HTC 505 Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape: Contemporary Theories

HTC 503 Thesis Research

HTC 600 Thesis

ARCH 581 / ARCH 582 Design Research Lab I-II

Areas of Interest

Research Interests: Gardens and landscapes of the early modern Mediterranean and cross cultural interactions; history of gardens and landscapes of the Ottoman and Islamic cultures; Ottoman space culture; Ottoman imagination; vernacular landscapes; urban history and urban culture of Istanbul/Constantinople.

Design Interest: Teaching and practicing in architectural, landscape and urban design.

Rewards and Achievements

2015-2016 AKPIA Harvard University Aga Khan Program Associateship

2015-2016 TUBITAK - The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey BIDEB

2008 TUBA - Turkish Academy of Sciences Publication Award in Social Sciences

2007 The 2007 Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art Fellowship

2003-2004 Dumbarton Oaks of Harvard University, Washington, DC, Garden and Landscape Studies Junior Fellowship

1996-1998 TUBITAK - The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey NATO Scholarship 

Sponsored Projects:

2006-2009    National research project sponsored by the Istanbul Greater Municipality. “Kağıthane Landscape: Search for a New Landscape Model Reinterpreting the Historical “Mesire” Tradition” 

2003-2014    International research project sponsored by Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard Univeristy, Washington, DC . “Middle East Garden Traditions: Unity and Diversity” Editor, designer, content manager and writer of the former website, which was transferred to Dumbarton Oaks of Harvard University in 2014, and to ArchNet of MIT in 2023. Research, publication, symposium, web site design. Other participants of the project include Michel Conan (USA), Nurhan Atasoy (TR), Mahvash Alemi (Italy), Jim Wescoat (USA), Dede Fairchild Ruggles (USA), Yizhar Hirschfield (Israel), Abdul Rehman (Pakistan), Muhammed El Faiz, Expiracion Garcia and Antonio Almagro (Spain) and Yücel Dağlı (TR).

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