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PhD projects

Cinema and the City Architecture and Film Architecture and (Voluntary and Forced) Migration Minorities in the City Refugees and Home Urban space/Architectural space/Film space/Sci-fi space Digital Mapping in the Humanities Architectural Media and Representation Architectural Design Education


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Personal profile


I am a senior lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, UK. I have received BArch and MArch degrees at Middle East Technical University, and PhD degree at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. I have worked professionally as an architect in Turkey and the Netherlands (Is Bank Headquarters Construction, Atelier T Architects, among others) for five years, and have been a research scholar at University of Pennsylvania, USA and University College Dublin, Ireland. I have conducted several workshops, attended international conferences, published widely, and taught at Philadelphia University, USA, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and Izmir University of Economics, Turkey.

Research Statement

I have been conducting interdisciplinary research at the intersection of architecture and cinema in the USA, the Netherlands, Turkey, Ireland and the UK since my masters. Using film as a representation of urban space and/or architectural space, I study the relationship between the two disciplines to better understand and interact with the built environment and urban landscapes. So the question that is worth exploring for me is: How can film create a new way of seeing to understand and develop cities and buildings? In this context, I run a project reseach group, CACity (Cinema and Architecture in the City, www.cacity.org). My reseach interests include:


Cinema and the City

Architecture and Film

Urban space/Architectural space/Film space/Sci-fi space

Digital Mapping in the Humanities

Architectural Media and Representation

Architectural Design Education

Architecture and Forced Migration

Minorities and the City

Refugees and Home


Architecture and migration is relatively a new area of research for me. As a migrant who has lived/worked in eight cities in five countries, I have always been interested in the public and private spaces occupied by newcomers and minorities in a city. My research on Fatih Akin's films that tell the stories of ethnic minorities in urban Germany is a result of this interest. I have been working on the architectural consequences of forced migration in developing countries, and I use film analysis and filmmaking in my methodology. I also have a Master dissertation group who work on this topic.


I enjoy teaching as much as research, and have tutored in five countries in the areas of Architectural Design, and History, Theory and Criticism both part-time and full-time after working as a practicing architect for five years. I have taught the following to students of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, and Visual Communication Design in various universities:


Design Studio (1st year)

Architectural Design Studio (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year)

Architectural History (1st, 2nd, and 3rd year)

Architectural Theory (2nd year and masters)

Architecture and Film (3rd and 4th year)

Architectural Media and Communication (2nd and 3rd year and masters)

Dissertation (masters)/Thesis (PhD)


I have been teaching at Queen's for about nine years. Between 2016 and 2019, I was the Programme Director of the BSc Architecture course. Queen's is a Russel Group (public research) university, and BSc is a professionally accredited Architecture Part 1 programme (by ARB and RIBA) with up to 200 local and international students. In Architecture at Queen's, I have coordinated and/or tutored these modules:


Architectural Design and Communication Studio (1st, 2nd, 3rd year) (2011- )

Vertical Studio: Cinematic Architecture (2nd and 3rd year) (2018- )

History and Theory of Architecture (2nd year) (2011- )

Humanities Dissertation: Architecture and Cinema (masters) (2011-2017)

Humanities Dissertation: Architecture and Migration (masters) (2017- )

PhD Thesis (2011- )


My current and previous academic leadership roles at Queen's include the following:


BSc Programme Director

School Management Board Member

CACity Cinema and Architecture in the City Research Group Leader

Admissions Coordinator

Year 1 Leader

School Education Committee Member

Student Liaison Officer

Erasmus and IAESTE Coordinator

External Examination Coordinator

Lead Personal Tutor

Prizes and Awards Coordinator

Welcome Week Coordinator

Staff Student Consultative Committee Member

School Postgraduate Research Committee Member

Culture and Society Research Cluster Member

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Research Output

Framed Memories of Berlin: Film, Remembrance and Architecture

Kacmaz Erk, G. & Wilson, C., 11 Dec 2018, In : Architecture and Culture. 6, 2, p. 243-263 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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  • Dublin in Cinematic Memory

    Kacmaz Erk, G., 01 May 2017, ICONARCH III International Congress of Architecture: Memory of Place in Architecture and Planning Proceedings. 1 ed. Konya: Selcuk University, Faculty of Architecture and Chamber of Architects, Konya Branch, Vol. 2. p. 501-517 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 59 Downloads (Pure)

    Architectural Space and Cyberspace as Represented in Science Fiction Films

    Kacmaz Erk, G. & Schrijver, L. (ed.), 2005, In : OASE Architectural Journal. 66, p. 6-27 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


  • Activities

    Venice Biennale: Second Generation Research on Architecture and Cinema: 20+ Years in 20+ Minutes

    Gul Kacmaz Erk (Invited speaker)

    29 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Pilot Study: Architectural Filmmaking with Syrian Refugees

    Gul Kacmaz Erk (Organiser), & Murat Akser (Contributor)

    Sep 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Walled Cities III

    Gul Kacmaz Erk (Organiser)

    01 Jun 201930 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Royal Institute of British Architects (External organisation)

    Gul Kacmaz Erk (Member)

    Apr 20172020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    Cities in Transition

    Gul Kacmaz Erk (Participant)

    23 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media

    Podcast: Dr Gul Kacmaz ERK (Cinema and Architecture in the City)

    Gul Kacmaz Erk


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities