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Ceren Sezer

Delft University of Technology
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ceren Sezer is an Amsterdam-Istanbul based architect and urban planner. She has a BA in Architecture from the Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. After working as an architect for designing and execution of commercial offices in Turkey, Cyprus and the UK, she was awarded a bursary to study at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) in the Netherlands. Since then she has been working as a researcher and a teacher in TUDelft. Her research interest covers the issues of urban transformation, immigrant integration, public spaces, urban culture and street markets. Her work on the urban transformation processes in Istanbul was awarded the first prize by Routledge. She published both in and outside of academia in English, Turkish and Dutch. She co-edited the themed issues for Built Environment (Alexandrine press) entitled Marketplaces as Urban Development Strategy (2013) and Public Space and Urban Justice’(2017). Besides her academical work, Ceren worked as an expert and curator for the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), International Rotterdam Biennale of Architecture, Public Space Biennale in Roma. Additionally, she advised local municipalities in Turkey and the Netherlands on public space improvement projects. Ceren is a co-founder of an international research and design network Public Spaces and Urban Cultures established in 2010 under the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). The Group reached out more than thousand researchers, practitioners, policy makers and non-governmental organizations, whose work aims to improve public spaces in scope of housing, recreation, leisure and social cohesion. Ceren took part in the advisory committee of the Group’s annual conferences, coordinated international meetings and organized workshops in Bucharest, Istanbul, Glasgow, Ljubljana, Lisbon and Nicosia.