Ayşen Savaş


After training as an architect in the METU Department of Architecture and Bartlett School of Architecture, Savaş received a PhD from the History, Theory and Criticism Program at MIT. For the last 20 years she has been converting historical buildings into museums and curating national and international exhibitions. Currently, she is teaching courses on representation and architectural design at METU. Her publications include exhibition catalogues, books and articles, particularly on the transformation of space by means of architectural interventions and the preservation of modern architecture. She is a member of ICOM and the founder of a non-profit organization: Exhibition Design Workshop that established and designed museums such as Sabancı Museum, Erimtan Archeology Museum (EMYA finalist 2017), MKEK Technology Museum and METU Science and Technology Museum. Her achievements include a number of national and international awards and fellowships, including the Getty Keeping It Modern Grant, AIA Architectural Award, AAUW Research Prize, Schlossman Prize in historical research, Sir John Soane Museum, CCA and Bologna University fellowships. The museological theme she developed for the Turkish Pavilion at the 2010 World EXPO in Shanghai was awarded a Silver Medal.