Caner Oktem

An architect by training, Caner Oktem came to the post-graduate SMArchS program (Architecture and Urbanism track) from dual backgrounds in both design-research and history/theory; as well as in professional practice and academic work.

Trained and employed both locally and internationally, his most recent experience in professional practice includes work as MIT's summer intern in architecture at the design department of Takenaka Corporation in Osaka; designer at a Vancouver-based design studio, Amanat Architect; and designer in architecture and urbanism at the Vancouver studio of DIALOG, a Canadian multidisciplinary design firm operating across North America.

His concurrent background in academia includes a teaching associate role at the University of British Columbia (UBC), work on the NAAB accrediation process as departmental assistant at MIT, and work as researcher-in-residence focusing on health and the built envrionment at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal.

Caner earned his professional Master of Architecture (MArch) degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, after having studied in Turkey and Japan.

He is interested in the architecture and landscape of the contemporary city. Design-research interests focus on the design in the contexts of urban border and edge conditions. History and theory interests are centered on twentieth-century discourses on the city as architectural project.

2016 SMArchS Thesis: Urban Archipelago Reconsidered: Developing an Agenda for Contemporary Coastal Urbanism in Tokyo Bay