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Who is Nurten Aksugür?

Born in Istanbul on May 1st 1943. Graduated from ITU Faculty of Architecture, receiving her MSc in 1968. In 1967, she married her fellow schoolmate, Erdal Aksugür. After being invited by her former professors from ITU Faculty of Architecture who founded the Karadeniz Technical University (KTU), she started to work at KTU in Trabzon. During 1971-72, she received a Government scholarship and went to Paris to study French and complete some of her PhD courses. While continuing her studies in environmental control, she founded the Acoustical Experimentation Unit in KTU and completed her experimental PhD work that she had started in ITU; earning her PhD in Environmental Control in 1977. In October 1980, she resigned from KTU to continue her career in King Faisal University in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. She started KFU Women's Interior Design Department in 1982 as an Associate Professor, and served as Head of Department from 1985 to 1987. After working at KFU for 9 years, she left KFU following the First Gulf War in August 1991, and moved to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to continue at Lefke University. During 1992 – 1994 she served as Head of the Interior Design Department and Academic Vice-Chancellor at LU. She received her Professorship in 1993. She later joined the Eastern Mediterranean University, Department of Architecture in 1994 as a professor. She founded the EMU Interior Design Department in 1997, and served as Founding Department Head from 1997 to 2001. After continuing teaching at EMU for eight more years, she retired in April 2009. Together with her husband, she moved to Bodrum, Turkey which they had fallen in love with in 1964 and later spent all their summer vacations. In 1974, they built their dream summer house in the small nearby village of Aşağı Mazı. After living a full life in Bodrum and Aşağı Mazı for three years, Nurten Aksugür passed away on July 23rd 2012. She was laid to rest at her self-proclaimed “Paradise on Earth", the small village of Aşağı Mazı; leaving behind her “greatest treasures", her former students.


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