Dr. Aydan Balamir is one of the leading women professors in Turkish academia, whose foci include the architectural profession, architectural practice, and women in architecture. She received a B.Arch, M.Arch and Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi) and conducted doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Berkely. Dr. Balamir has since held positions in numerous private architectural firms, and has served on various councils, including the Preservation Councils of Cappadocia (1997-2007) and the Ankara Renewal Area (2008-2011) council as well as a number of professional boards and juries. She has been teaching architectural theory and design at METU since 1985 and producing work on architectural criticism, the history and theory of modern architecture, design in urban contexts, the study of historical fabrics and building types, traditional and modern housing, architectural design education, and classical-academic and modern paradigms. Dr. Balamir has been the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally, including the CICA Julius Posener Exhibition Catalogue Award (2011), and the Austrian Republic Golden Merit Medal (2011).
Balamir, Aydan. 2004. Turkey Between East and West. In Iran: Architecture for Changing Societies. Philip Jodidio (ed). Torino: Umberto Allemandi & C.
This publication is a result of an International Seminar held in Tehran and Yazd, Iran, between 11-17 October 2002, sponsored by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. "The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture had been considering for some time the organisation of a meeting in Iran that would provide the opportunity of engaging in meaningful dialogue between national architects, teachers, and students in the fields of historic preservation and contemporary design, and their counterparts from other countries." (Luis Monreal, from the preface)
"The meetings in Iran marked the first time that an Award seminar has been split into two different but complementary subjects: historic preservation and contemporary architecture and planning. This dual structure closely reflects the realities that most Muslim societies face today. On one hand, there is an urgent need to protect and revitalise historic urban heritage and the contexts in which it is located; on the other, there is a massive need for new construction, including housing, industrial and corporate structures, public facilities, and planning and infrastructure initiatives." (Luis Monreal, from the preface)