Merve Bedir

Associated Researcher

Merve Bedir is an architect based in Rotterdam. Her ongoing research examines infrastructures of hospitality and mobility. A second line of research follows the human and nonhuman relationships in the context of ecology and cybernetics. She is the co-founder of Aformal Academy (an experimental school program in Pearl River Delta region), a founding member of Mutfak مطبخ Workshop (focusing on Kitchen as a cultural space in Gaziantep), and a founding member of Center for Spatial Justice in Istanbul. Merve Bedir holds a PhD from Architectural Engineering Department in Delft University of Technology, and a BArch from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She has taught at Hong Kong University, Delft University, and Columbia GSAPP. She is currently a fellow at BAK, Utrecht.

Merve curated uncommon river (Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2015), Vocabulary of Hospitality (Istanbul, 2015), and Automated Landscapes (Shenzhen, 2017 and 2019). Most recently her work Unsettled Urbanism was invited to be exhibited in Matadero Madrid (2020), and Venice Architecture Biennale’s main exhibition (2020/2021). Another recent work Floor Table (2021) is presented by the Smithsonian Design Museum’s Designing Peace collection. She took part in Istanbul Design, Saõ Paulo, Shenzhen, Bucharest Biennales, and Oslo Triennale.

Merve is the editor of New Silk Roads series in e-flux architecture together with Nick Axel and Nikolaus Hirsch (2018). She wrote in Harvard Design Magazine, AD Magazine, and The Funambulist among others. Her work has been reviewed in The Guardian, Metropolis, and Avery Review.