Areas Of Specialization
Modern architectural and urban history, cultural landscape study, comparative urbanism
Sibel Zandi-Sayek joined the department of Art and Art History at William and Mary in 2002. She holds professional degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Zandi-Sayek is interested in the material dimensions of cross-cultural exchange, specifically, exploring how the built environment mediates encounters resulting from trade, colonialism and transnational migration. She teaches courses on the history and theory of modern architecture and urbanism from a global perspective as well as specialized seminars on public space, built heritage, and commemorative landscapes. She served as founding co-director of the Asian and Middle East Studies (AMES) Program at the College and is the past recipient of several research awards including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, and the Fulbright Institute. Her book, Ottoman Izmir: The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port, 1840-1880 (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), which focuses on the politics of space and identity in a city at the nexus of nineteenth-century global exchanges, won the 2013 M. Fuat Köprülü Prize in Ottoman and Turkish Studies. Her current research investigates architecture and the networks of mobility and exchange between the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France during the early industrial period.