Olgu ÇALIŞKAN, Assoc. Prof. Dr.

   Address: Department of City and Regional Planning, Room 52-B

                   Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


   Phone:   +90 312 210 42 30
   Fax:        +90 312 210 79 65


   E-Mail:   olgu@metu.edu.tr






B.Sc., CRP, Middle East Technical University (2001)
M.Sc., UD, Middle East Technical University (2004)

Ph.D. in Urbanism, Delft University of Technology (2013)


Taught Courses:


UD501 Urban Design Studio I

UD501 Urban Design Studio II

CRP555 Parametric Urban Design I

CRP556 Parametric Urban Design II

CRP214 Creative Thinking for Planners

Research interests:


Physical planning and design, urban morphology, urban design theory and method, visualisation in urbanism


Selected Publications:



Urban Compactness: A Study of Ankara Urban Form, 2009, Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KGV


Edited Journals:

Urban Morphology and Design, Built Environment 37(4), December 2011, (with S. Marshall)

Edited Books:


Çatışma, Planlama ve Tasarım | Conflict, Planning and Design, 2018, METU Faculty of Architecture


Designing Urban Design: Towards a Holistic Perspective [METUDSYMP2016 Proceedings], November 2017, METU Faculty of Architecture (with E. Efeoğlu)


CATALOUGUE.01: METU Master of Urban Design 1996-2016, October 2016, METU Faculty of Architecture

Book Chapters:

Nanos Gigantum Humeris Insidentes: The New Challenges for Future, CATALOUGUE.01: METU Master of Urban Design 1996-2016 (ed. O. Caliskan), October 2016, METU Faculty of Architecture (with D. Cihanger), pp. 29-41


Pattern Formation in Planned Urban Peripheries: A  Typomorphological Approach for Design, URBANISM PhD Research 2008-2010 (ed. F. D. van der Hoeven) , IOS Press BV: the Netherlands, 2009, pp. 40-63

Conference Proceedings:

Rethinking on the Peripheral Urban Formations in a Semi-Peripheral Country: the City of Ankara, the Capital of Turkey, the 4th International Seminar on Urbanism and Urbanization The European Tradition in Urbanism and its Future, 24-26 September 2007, TU Delft: the Netherlands, pp. 223-231


Journal Papers:


Parametric Design in Urbanism: A Critical Reflection, Planning Practice and Research, 32(4), 2017, pp. 417-443


Urban Coherence: A Morphological Definition, Urban Morphology, 21(2), 2017, pp. 123–41


How Urban Designers Perform: An International Perspective On Actual Practice, METU Journal of Faculty of Architecture  (32:1), 2015/1, pp.  229-259


Design Thinking in Urbanism: Learning from the Designers, Urban Design International 17, Winter 2012, pp. 272-296


Motionscape: The Image of Space in Motion (An Attempt at Conceptualization in the Case of Ankara), Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 28(4), Winter 2011, pp. 314-35


Urban Morphology and Design: Introduction, Built Environment 37(4), December 2011, (with S. Marshall), pp. 381-92


A Joint Framework for Urban Morphology and Design, Built Environment 37(4), December 2011, (with S. Marshall), pp. 409-26


Urban Gateway: Just a symbol, or more? (Re-appraising an Old Idea in the Case of Ankara), Journal of Urban Design15, Number 1, February 2010, pp. 91-122


Changing Perspectives on the Planning of Ankara (1924-2007) and Lessons for a New Master-Planning Approach to Developing Cities, FOOTPRINT Delft School of Design Journal 5, Autumn 2009, pp. 23-53


Virtual Space as a Public Sphere: Rethinking the Political and Professional Agenda of Spatial Planning and Design, (2006) METU Journal of Faculty of Architecture 23(2.), pp. 1-20, with Adnan Barlas

Book Reviews:

Grand Urban Rules (by A. Lehnerer, 2009) Journal of Urban Design, 2012, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 160-61


Urban Paleontology: Evolution of Urban Forms (by M. Tang, D. Yang, 2008), Urban Morphology, 2010, Vol. 14 No.1, pp. 75-76