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NJIT Professor of Architecture Wins Guggenheim Award

Zeynep Celik, Ph.D., a professor of architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) received a 2004 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.

The Guggenheim Foundation selected Celik, of Manhattan, on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. 

She was one of 185 scholars, artists and scientists to win a Guggenheim, awarded yearly to Americans and Canadians. The fellows were chosen from 3,268 applicants. They will share awards totaling nearly $7 million.

When asked how it feels to win a Guggenheim, Celik said, “It is a great honor that acknowledges my past work and expresses trust in my future projects. The grant will enable me to extend my forthcoming sabbatical year by one semester, giving me the time to complete my next book.”

Celik’s book in progress is titled “Public Space, Modernity, and Empire Building: Ottoman Syria and Lebanon, French Maghrib (1830-1914).” In the book, Celik will study nineteenth century public spaces in former French colonies in North Africa and Ottoman provinces in the Middle East, arguing that they represented a new type of imperial order and iconography associated with modernity. According to Celik, the European-style avenues, streets, squares, parks, and public buildings brought significant transformations to cities ranging from Damascus to Algiers and the lives of the citizens throughout. She will look closely at the production of public spaces in a comparative framework to broaden the discourse of modernity in architecture, show the intertwined nature of empire building and introduce complex cross-cultural communication patterns.

This year, Celik has been recognized by several other prestigious scholarships, among them an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, a Council of American Overseas Research Centers travel grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend.   

Celik’s publications include “The Remaking of Istanbul” (1986), “Displaying the Orient “(1992), “Urban Forms and Colonial Confrontations” (1997), and “Streets: Critical Perspectives on Public Space” (1994; co-editor), as well as numerous articles on cross-cultural topics.  From 2000 to 2003, she served as the editor of the “Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.”

Celik, who joined the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT in 1991, is currently teaching two courses: a history of architecture survey for graduate students and an honors seminar on architectural criticism.

Celik received her bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1975 from Istanbul Technical University; her master’s in architecture in 1978 form Rice University; and her doctorate in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.