Zeynep Çelik

Zeynep Çelik



Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley
M.Arch. – Rice University
B.Arch. – Istanbul Technical University



  • Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award, 2019
  • Tamayouz Excellence Award, 2019
  • University of Ghent, Sarton Medal, 2015
  • Vehbi Koç Award, 2014
  • Bosporus University, Honorary Doctorate, 2013
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2012
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1993, 2004, and 2011
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2004


Europe Knows Nothing about the Orient: A Critical Discourse (1872–1932), Koç University Press, 2021.

About Antiquities: Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2016.

Camera Ottomana: Photography and Ottoman  Modernity, 1840-1914, Istanbul: Koç University Press, 2015 (co-editor with Edhem Eldem).

Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914, Istanbul: SALT Publications, 2011 (co-editor with Zainab Bahrani and Edhem Eldem).

Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image (co-edited with Julia Clancy-Smith and Frances Terpak), Seattle and London: University of Washington Press/Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2009.

Empire, Architecture, and the City: French-Ottoman Encounters, 1830-1914, Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2008. [Society of Architectural Historians Spiro Kostof Book Award, 2010].

Urban Forms and Colonial Confrontations: Algiers under French Rule, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Streets: Critical Perspectives on Public Space, Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1993 (co-editor with Diane Favro and Richard Ingersoll).

Displaying the Orient: Architecture of Islam at Nineteenth Century World’s Fairs, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

The Remaking of Istanbul: Portrait of an Ottoman City in the Nineteenth Century, Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1986; paperback edition by University of California Press, 1993. [Institute of Turkish Studies Book Award, 1987]

Scholarly Articles

“D’Alger à Damas: l’intrusion de la place publique dans la ville ottomane” in Sophie Basch, Pierre Chuvin, Michel Espagne, Nora Seni, and J. Leclant, eds., L’orientalisme, les orientalistes et l’empire ottoman, Paris: Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, 2011.

“Approches critiques de la ville africaine: notes sur les glissements thématiques et les défies méthodologiques” in Jean-Luc Vellut, ed., Villes d’Afrique: Parcours d’histoire culturelle, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2007.

“Islamic Art and Architecture in French Colonial Discourse” in Islamic Art on the Margins, Irene Bierman, ed., Ithaca, NY: Ithaca Press, 2005.

“Framing the Colony: Houses of Algiers Photographed,” Art History, Special Issue 27/3: (May 2004).

“Learning From the Bidonville: CIAM Looks at Algiers,” Harvard Design Magazine, Spring 2003.

“Speaking Back to Orientalist Discourse at the World’s Columbian Exposition” in Holly Edwards, ed., Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in American Culture, 1870-1930, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.

“Colonial / Postcolonial Intersections: Lieux de mémoire in Algiers,” Third Text 49 (January 2000).

“New Approaches to the ‘Non-Western’ City,” Journal of the Society of Architectural 

“Gendered Spaces in Colonial Algiers” in D. Agrest, L. Weisman, and P. Conway, eds., The Sex of Architecture, New York: Harry N.  Abrams, Inc., 1996.

“Colonialism, Orientalism, and the Canon” (Critical Perspectives: Rethinking the Canon), Art Bulletin, v. LXXVIII, no. 2 (June 1996).

“Le Corbusier, Orientalism, Colonialism,” Assemblage 17 (Spring 1992).

“Ethnography and Exhibitionism at the Expositions Universelles,” Assemblage 13 (Winter 1991--with Leila Kinney.