Makbule Oktay

BArch MArch

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Makbule studied Architecture as her first degree at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagutsa, Cyprus and graduated in 2004, obtaining the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch). She completed her Masters degree in Architecture (MArch) in 2006 at the same university. Her research is entitled Learning from Karpas Vernacular: Conceptualisation of the Karpas Vernacular Architecture. She has worked as a Research Assistant in the Eastern Mediterranean University, Department of Architecture between 2005 and 2008. She has attended several undergraduate courses as an assistant and also had various departmental duties during this period of time. She has worked in an architectural office between 2004 and 2008 part-time and obtained experience in the practice of her specialization.

She began a full-time PhD programme at Oxford Brookes University in 2008 and is a third year student. Her research project is entitled Place Attachment and Perception of Home in Rural Settlements of northern Cyprus: Adaptation after Internal Displacement. The aim of her research is to explore the relationship between the concepts of architecture, internal displacement, place attachment and perception of home. North Cyprus is the focus of this study and the effects of internal displacement on place attachment and perception of home and their impacts on rural settlements of northern part of Cyprus are going to be questioned.

Her Director of Studies is Dr Marcel Vellinga, her second supervisor is Dr Brigitte Piquard and third supervisor is Dr Nicholas Walliman. After completing her PhD, Makbule plans to take an academic position and continue to do research in related subjects.

Makbule Oktay

PhD Thesis title: Place Attachment and Perception of Home in Rural Settlements of northern Cyprus: Adaptation after Internal Displacement