Süha Özkan is an architect by training and has undertaken extensive research on the theory and history of architecture, design, vernacular form and emergency housing, and has published numerous articles and monographs in a number of languages. He taught architectural design and design theory at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, where he became Associate Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, and was later appointed Vice President of the university.
In 1983, following his tenure at METU, Dr. Ozkan became Deputy Secretary General of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and served as its Deputy and Secretary General from 1982 to 2006. He has organised international competitions for cities including Istanbul, Doha, and Samarkand. He also has been associated with a number of prizes such as the Cityscape (Dubai), Hassan Fathy (Alexandria), European Union (Barcelona), and Architecture Festival (London) prizes. He was the president of the International Union of Architects Congress between 2001 and 2005, and is an Honorary Fellow of American Institute of Architects (2004).
He established World Architecture Community and has been the Founding President since 2008. Dr. Ozkan returned to teaching at METU in 2009, and remained there until he retired from the university in the summer of 2012.