Erkin Özay is an assistant professor of architecture and urban design at University at Buffalo. His research is concerned with the architecture of institutional settings and their capacity to serve as spaces of collective experience. Working across multiple scales from urban to architectural, he investigates the formal and organizational conditions that mitigate external social and economic pressures, enable transformative civic experiences, and facilitate meaningful encounters and cooperation amongst diverse social groups.
Özay is currently working on a book project, Between City and Classroom, on a school-led redevelopment initiative in East Baltimore. He has also published on matters of refugee resettlement in the Rust Belt region. As an Aga Khan Fellow from 2011 to 2013 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he has worked on the issues of urban conservation, territorial expansion, and transportation infrastructure of Istanbul.
Özay previously taught at the Harvard GSD, University of Toronto, and Northeastern University, and practiced in various architecture and urban design firms, most notably, Foster and Partners, Hashim Sarkis Studios, and Peter Rose and Partners. A registered architect in Massachusetts, Özay received his B.Arch degree from Middle East Technical University in Ankara and his M.Arch degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
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