Prof. Dr. Gulsun Saglamer, Former Rector of Istanbul Technical University (1996-2004) is a professor of architecture at Istanbul Technical University. She received her PhD from the same university in 1973. She carried out her post-doctoral studies at the Martin Centre, Department of Architecture- University of Cambridge, UK 1975-1976. She was a member of the Scientific Committee of TUBITAK-INTAG (The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey)(1990-1996). Prof Sağlamer was invited to Queen's University of Belfast as a Visiting Professor (1993-1996) and an External Examiner (1999-2003). She is a member of the Editorial Boards of “Open House International”, “International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications”.
She was a Board Member of EUA (European University Association) (2005-2009) and a member of the Steering Committee of the EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) (2009-2013), a chair of evaluation teams in IEP evaluations since 2011 and a member of the Research Policy Working Group of EUA since its establishment in 2005. She is an Executive Committee Member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) (2003-), President of CMU (Community of Mediterranean Universities) (2012- ) and President of European Women Rectors Association (EWORA). She was a Member of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has University (2006-2014) and the President of the Council for Technology and Techno-parks in Turkey (2006-2010). She is the Founding Board Member of ITU’s Technology Park and Incubation Centre, ARI Techno-City (2002-2012) and a Board Member of ITU Development Foundation (2009- ), Founding Board member of Global Relations Forum GRF (2009- ).
She was invited to the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action (MSCA) People Programme (EC) Advisory Group for four terms since 2006 and has been the Chair of the MSCA Advisory Group in Horizon 2020 since 2013. She was invited to the” Expert Working Group on The External Research Funding of Universities”, established by the EC (2007-2008). She was a member of the Steering Committee of the OECD/IMHE Quality Teaching Project (2009-2012). She has established a research group on “Doctoral Education in Architecture and co-authored the book titled “Doctoral Education in Architecture” by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. She has given over 80 keynote speeches and invited lectures on architecture and different aspects of higher education at international meetings. She has led the ITU team in 4 of the EC funded (FP6 and FP7) projects on Women in STEM.
She has received several architectural prizes and was awarded Honoris Causa by Carleton University, Canada (2001), Universitatea de Nord Din Baia Mare University, Romania (2002) and Ovidius University of Constantza in Romania (2009). American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded her “Honorary Fellowship (Hon FAIA) in 2006 and she has been also awarded “Leonardo da Vinci Medal” by SEFI (Société Européenne Pour la Formation Ingénieurs-European Society for Engineering Education) in 2005-2006. She is a member of European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters since 2011. She has been a member of the Selection Committee for Fulbright Prize 2014 and the Chair of the Selection Committee of the Vehbi Koç Educational Prize, 2015.