Zeynep Tuna ULTAV


Zeynep Tuna ULTAV

She completed her undergraduate education at Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture in 1999, and completed her graduate study with her thesis on “Reading Manfredo Tafuri: Architecture and Utopia-Design and Capitalist Development” at the same university in 2002. She was awarded to Architecture Foundation Awarded Reader “History of Architecture Field” Postgraduate Thesis Award with this study. She completed her PhD with her doctorate thesis titled, “Reading J.G. Ballard at the intersection between architecture and science fiction literature” at Gazi University, Department of Architecture in 2008. She worked as an architect in an architecture office in Ankara between 2000 and 2003 and in İzmir in 2004; as a part-time lecturer at Gazi University, Department of Architecture between 2003 and 2004, and as a full-time lecturer at İzmir University of Economics, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design between 2004 and 2014. She was Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design at the same university, she was on the editorial board of Ege Mimarlık Journal of İzmir Branch of Chamber of Architects between 2009 and 2011. She has been working at Yaşar University, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design since 2014 as the head of the department.

Among her undergraduate courses she has lectured are History and Theory of Interior Design, History of Art and Design, Sensing Interiors, Graduation Thesis, Design of Furniture and Room (Vocational School), Interior Design Studio I and II, Computer Aided Technical Drawing, Computer Aided Architectural Graphics, Applied Workshop in IAED I and II; among post graduate courses are Individual Study and Research Project. She has also conducted a master’s thesis entitled, “Socio-Spatial Analysis of Urban Renewal in the Case of Relocating Kadifekale Inhabitants to Toki Uzundere".

Among her research topics are critics of modern architecture, modern Turkish architectural heritage, history of interior architecture and furniture, tourism architecture, relationship between architecture and literature, and relationship between ideology-utopia and architecture. Her articles were published on such journals as Procedia, Interiors, Mimarlık, and Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes. She was awarded (with Assoc.Prof.Dr. Gökçeçiçek Savaşır) “The Best Interdisciplinary Research Award” through another paper entitled “A Pioneer in the Realms of Tourism and Architecture in Turkey: TUSAN” at the 2nd Interdisciplinary Tourism Conference, and (with Assoc.Prof.Dr. Gökçeçiçek Savaşır) “Anatolia 25th Year Special Award” through another paper entitled “Uludağ Grand Hotel” at the 3rd Interdisciplinary Tourism Conference. 

Between September 2013 and September 2014, she has coordinated the DATUMM Project.