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).
Druk Pema Karpo Institute On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.