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).