Professor Ulker Copur has taught at Roger Williams University since 1986, with particular emphasis on sustainable design studios, the history of modern architecture, and seminar courses on modernism in the non-western world as well as sustainable paradigms in architecture.
Copur was educated at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (B.Arch.), the University of Oregon (M. Arch.) and Cornell University (Ph.D). She has taught at Middle East Technical University; Yarmouk University, Jordan; University of Oregon, the University of Cincinnati, and Roger Williams University. Her professional activities include many research, planning and design projects, publications and consultancy assignments involving various aspects of Architecture, Urban Design and Preservation Planning. Presented papers, chaired, co-chaired and participated in numerous international, national and regional conferences and seminars in the United States, Canada, Europe, Finland, Turkey, Russia, Cuba, Singapore and India. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Moscow Institute of Architecture to teach “Sustainable Housing”; and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Otaniemi Institute of Technology and at Tampere University in Finland, both in 1996.
Dr. Copur has co-chaired the ACSA International Conference hosted by Istanbul Technical University in June 2001; and co-edited the proceedings.. She is the recipient of a 2003/04 Roger Williams University Presidential Faculty Fellowship to further her research on sustainability and work on the Sustainable Campus Master Planning with her advanced design studio group. She also coordinated the “The Ganteaume & McMullen Sustainability Workshops held in Spring 2004.” She has also served as Architecture Program and Assessment Co-Chair during the past two NAAB Accreditation Visits (2000, 2006) .
Over the last five years, Copur’s teaching in sustainable design studios and courses has centered on the creation of ecological learning environments, making sustainable design initiatives visible and accessible beyond university boundaries. The work has addressed sustainability issues ranging from affordable housing in Rhode Island, earthquake mitigation designs for Turkey to planning eco-communities in North Kronsberg, Hanover, Germany; Ithaca, New York; Warwick, RI; and; sustainable regeneration projects such as Byker Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne, GB and Habitat’67 in Montreal. Her course, Modernism in the Non-Western World, received an AIA Education Honorable Mention in 1993, other studio work in Faith + Form, and her work has been published in Architecture + Design, India, among several publications.