Fatma Tanış is researcher and lecturer at TU Delft and the coordinator of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, special research collaboration between TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Prior to Delft, Tanış trained as an architect in Istanbul and Stuttgart. She received Master’s degrees in Architectural History (Istanbul Technical University) and Conservation and Restoration of the Historic Built Environment (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University). Having a particular interest in in-between realms, she has explored the specificity of port cities through the notion of cosmopolitanism in her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Urban Scenes of a Port City: Exploring Beautiful İzmir through Narratives of Cosmopolitan Practices (2022)’ and earned a PhD degree from Delft University of Technology. In her doctoral project, she combined her personal interest in literary writing with her interdisciplinary background to explore İzmir from a cross-cultural perspective. Her other publications include a themed issue ‘Narratives #1: Mediterranean and Atlantic Cities (2021)’; ‘Spatial Stories of İzmir (2020)’; ‘Space, Represention, and Practice in the Formation of İzmir during the Long Nineteenth Century (2020)’ in Migrants and the Making the Urban-Maritime World: Agency and Mobility in Port Cities, c. 1570–1940, eds. Christina Reimann, Martin Öhman (New York, London: Routledge, 2020).
Her deep interest in architectural research dates back to her bachelor’s. She conducted an external research project, parallel to her training in architecture at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Her research on ‘Modernism and Oscar Niemeyer’ was awarded competitively in 2012 by Emre Arolat Architecture. The grant was outsourced from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Next to her research, she has been involved in lectures. She was a teaching assistant in ‘Building Green’ with Prof. dr. -ing. Carola Hein (TU Delft), and in ‘The Global Turn: Modern Architectures and Movements since 1851’ with Prof. dr. Tom Avermaete (ETH) & Prof. dr. Michelangelo Sabatino (IIT), in the Department of Architecture at TU Delft. She lectured to MSc students in the Diploma Studio of Methods & Analysis with Prof. dr. ir. Klaske Havik (TU Delft). She is currently tutoring MSc 1 students for the course ‘Architectural Positions: Delft Lectures on Architectural Design and Research Methods’ addressing contemporary positions in architectural discourse and practice.