Z. Müge Akkar Ercan

Prof.Dr. Z. Müge Akkar Ercan


Müge Akkar Ercan is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of City and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, METU. She received her Bachelor’s degree in City Planning and  Master’s degree in Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments from Middle East Technical University (METU), and her PhD degree from School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at University of Newcastle.

She has taught in 2nd– and 4th-year urban planning studios since 2003. She currently teaches urban design, urban regeneration and acts as a teaching-team member of urban design graduate studio in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She was involved in  international design studios (The Global Studio Istanbul, 2005; Erasmus Intensive Programme ‘Borderlines in Urban Planning and Space’ organised by Politecnico di Milano, HafenCity University, BOKU, University of Cluj and METU, 2005-2006; and Urban Exchange Studio organized by METU and Adelaide University, 2008) as a teaching staff and acted as a coordinator. She acted as visiting researcher/lecturer in Peking University, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, and Wuhan University (2013-2015).

She worked in national and international research projects on public spaces in Britain, urban regeneration in Turkey, sustainable community development in historic neighborhoods;

  • Researcher in ESRC-Beacon Council R3 (Improving Urban Green Spaces), Newcastle University.
  • Researcher in Spatial Development Strategies, 2001; Research and Model Development for Istanbul Action Plan (2005-2006), METU.
  • Coordinator in Planning For Sustainable Communities In Suburban Residential Neighbourhoods: The Case of Ümitköy, Ankara. (2004-2013) [BAP-08-11-DPT-2011K121010], METU
  • Local coordinator, 7th Framework Marie Curie-IRSES Programme, Planning, Urban Management and Heritage (PUMAH), METU.

She has published in English and Turkish. Her research interests cover urban design, public space, urban regeneration, heritage conservation, sustainable community development, smart mobility and smart cities/campus.