Sila Karatas Basoglu
Sıla Karataş Başoğlu (1987, Ankara) was graduated as architect and awarded Master’s degree with the thesis “Building Marshall Plan in Turkey: The Formation of Workers’ Housing Question, 1946-1962” at the Middle East Technical University. In her thesis, she analyzed the formation of workers’ housing discourse and workers’ housing cooperatives, and the socio-spatial development of workers’ housing settlements in relation to urbanization policies of the 1950s and 1960s within the framework of the ideological and spatial programming of the Marshall Plan and Americanization in Turkey. This research was awarded Honourable Mention in 'Young Social Scientists Awards' by the Turkish Social Sciences Association. She worked as assistant and lecturer in Turkey between 2012-2019; took part in architectural and urban design studios as tutor and reviewer, prepared and lectured the undergraduate course Case Studies in Social Housing and Community Planning for three years. Since September 2019, she is a PhD student and doctoral assistant at the Construction and Conservation Laboratory of EPFL. Her PhD research focuses on postwar workers’ housing programs performed by the Mediterranean countries participated in the Marshall Plan (France, Italy, Greece and Turkey), and is a comparative analysis of transnational discourses on and local models of workers' housing in these countries in relation to postwar development and planning programs. This research is awarded a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for PhD and being funded by the Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists (FCS).