PhD Candidate in History of Art and Architecture and Middle East Studies
Tuğrul earned his B.A. in history from Boğaziçi University, Turkey in 2016 and completed his master's degree in art history at the University of Texas, Austin. His thesis, entitled "Architecture of the Islamic Frontier: Architectural Sources and Urbanism in the Aydinid Principality (1304-1390)" examined the visually cosmopolitan architecture and urban structure of a frontier principality in medieval western Anatolia. He has worked as an assistant researcher for a museum project in Turkey and participated in fieldwork across Turkey and Egypt. Among his interests are the architecture of multi-layered urban places, trans-regional architectural connections of Anatolia with Iran and Mamluk realms, the practices of demolition during the early Ottoman Empire and the role architecture played in political domination.