After beginning her undergraduate education in Cognitive Science at Cornell University, Dr. Banu Pekol was educated at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, specializing on geometry and proportions in Western European Late Gothic Architecture. She completed her PhD in 2010 at the Istanbul Technical University, in the department of Architectural History focusing on the reuse of historic structures for new purposes, and its meaning for design and collective memory. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the Istanbul Technical University, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and The Netherlands Institute in Turkey. She wrote for Radikal Newspaper between 2009-2013, and currently writes architectural pieces for Atlas Cocuk children’s magazine.
She has worked as coordinator during the foundation of the Centre for Preservation of Cultural Heritage and is currently General Secretary in its Board of Directors where she continues to work as consultant for architectural conservation projects of non-Muslim minorities. As a graduate of classical ballet and continuing to practice contemporary dance, she has been experimenting on methods to merge architecture and movement/dance, as part of the boDig collective.
She lives in a late 19th century Greek house in Istanbul that she restored.
Research areas: Conservation of minority architectural heritage in Turkey, reuse of historic structures, architectural theory, architecture and memory, architecture and embodiment.
Awards: Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Technology, Science, and Art (AVISTA), Otto Gründler Award (The Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University),
Hellenic Ministry of Culture Grant (Institute for Balkan Studies, Thessaloniki) Joint Grant from Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Bodossaki Foundation. Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship on ‘Conflict Transformation through Culture: Peace-building and the Arts’
contact: banu [at] banupekol [dot] com
Banu’s logo is designed by Didem Ogmen, and is part of the ‘builder’ font series. The Builder font is based on the shanty architecture in Istanbul, where salvaged architectural elements are combined without architectural knowledge,to form dwellings. Didem Ogmen took apart familiar fonts, and combined these parts in order to produce a new font. Check out her work at didemogmen.com.