Muzaffer Özgüleş was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1979. He received his BSc and MSc degrees from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. His MSc project title was “Fundamental Developments of the Sixteenth Century Ottoman Architecture: Innovations in the Art of Architect Sinan”. He received his PhD in History of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University in 2013 with his dissertation entitled “The Building Activities of Gülnuş Emetullah Sultan”. He taught architectural history at Plato Higher Education College in Istanbul between 2010 and 2014.
He received the Barakat Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and spent 2014-2015 academic year at the Khalili Research Centre of University of Oxford. The outcome of his postdoctoral research was the monograph entitled “The Women Who Built the Ottoman World: Female Patronage and the Architectural Legacy of Gülnuş Sultan”, which was published by I.B. Tauris in 2017, with the generous support of the Barakat Trust again. Also, as another output of this research, his article entitled “A Missing Royal Mosque in Istanbul that Islamized a Catholic Space: The Galata New Mosque” was published in Muqarnas in 2017. He is also the author of “Mimar Sinan Macerası” (Architect Sinan Adventure), a children’s book about famous Ottoman architect, which was published by Yapı Kredi Yayınları in 2016. His new children’s book, “Bizans Kaçkınları” (Runaway Byzantines) will be published in early 2021.
He is an Assistant Professor at Gaziantep University’s Faculty of Architecture since 2016 and he is the coordinator of the recently conpleted EU project entitled “Timeline Travel: An Alternative Tool for Architectural History Learning and Teaching”, the aim of which is to facilitate the education of architectural history at universities with the help of digital tools by bringing several outputs: Timeline Travel Tool, Timeline Travel e-Learning Platform, and Timeline Travel Mobile Application.