Project Description

Aylin Tschoepe
Harvard University

Dr Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe is an architect, anthropologist and instructor. Since 2004, she has worked as an architect on public and private projects. Since 2009, she began her career as educator. Interested in the social agency of architecture and the reciprocal relationship between people and places, she continued her academic career in a Master of Science Program in Frankfurt and Istanbul, and later as a Fulbright Fellow at the Harvard GSD in Cambridge, MA where she received a degree as Doctor of Design in 2012.

To expand and deepen her experience in transdisciplinary research and teaching, she studies in the PhD program in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University (2011-2017), where she focuses on cultural and spatial practices around transnational migration, biopolitics, environmentality, educational systems, homescapes and dirtscapes. She holds a TUBITAK/ EU Fellowship for her current research on labor migration, “homescapes” and hybrid identities in Istanbul.

In “TimeLayers”, her multimedia project on the spatial palimpsest, she applies ethnography and visual analysis to create digital urban layers in collaboration with locals in order to capture and bring to life the memory of residents and neighborhoods, overwritten through urban transformation.

Dr. Yildirim Tschoepe worked as a teaching assistant at Harvard University (2009-2011), and has taught studios and seminars at introductory and advanced levels as adjunct and visiting professor at the Boston Architectural College and Architecture Department of Wentworth Institute of Technology since 2013, She currently teaches at the Sociology Department of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.