Department of Architecture welcomes Fulbright Scholar from Turkey

By Isha Bubna

Published September 29, 2021

The UB Department of Architecture is pleased to welcome Duygu Gökce
as a Fulbright Scholar from Turkey.

A lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Duzce University, Gökce
conducts interdisciplinary housing research bridging the disciplines of typo-morphology - or the classification of urban elements such as buildings, streets and plots - and environmental psychology.

Working under the direction of Conrad Kickert, UB assistant professor of architecture and urban design, Gökce will refine and test her methodological frameworks for investigating the interplay between typological process and sense of place through a comparative case study approach.

Gökce says Buffalo offers an ideal context for her research as with a rich foundation of architectural and urban design heritage that is also experiencing rapid transition amidst the current resurgence. 

"The typological crisis has been causing the loss of a sense of place in rapidly constructed environments around the world," says Gökce. Her research will also consider design guidelines as a tool to preserve and enhance sense of place in transitioning cities.

Gökce obtained her MSc in Conservation of Historic buildings from the University of Bath, UK, and her PhD in Architecture from the University of Liverpool, UK. 

"I have already been welcomed heartily into the Buffalo community. Studying at UB under the guidance of the School of Architecture and Planning will allow me to realize my research goals, particularly given the impact the School's faculty and staff have in Buffalo through their teaching and research."