Gülsün Sağlamer is the former rector of Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Turkey. She is currently a professor of architecture with an international experience as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, United Kingdom and a visiting professor at Queen’s University in Belfast.
She is a board member of the European University Association. Additionally, she is an executive committee member and chair of European Region of the International Association of University Presidents. She is the vice-president of the Community of Mediterranean Universities. She was the president of ARI Technocity and ITU Development Foundation until 2005. She has been re-elected as a board member of ARI Technocity of ITU, a member of board of trustees of Kadir Has University, and president of the Council for Technology and Technoparks in Turkey (all 2006-present).
Her major research areas are computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) and housing. Sağlamer has coordinated numerous national and international projects and published over 70 papers in refereed scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. She has also supervised over 25 Master and 10 PhD theses in her research areas. She is a member of the editorial board of three international scientific journals and co-editor of three international conference proceedings: Housing for the Urban Poor, ENHR, 1991; Descriptive Models of Design, 1996; and, Engineering Education in the Third Millennium, 1999.
In the last decade she has focused on higher education and research. She specifically concentrated on engineering education and research and created many research centers in her university and gave lectures on different aspects of higher education and research at international meetings. Under her rectorship (1996-2004), Istanbul Technical University has realized an extensive reform program.
She has several architectural prizes and awards and she has been awarded two Honoris Causa degrees y Carleton University, Canada in 2001 and Universitatea de Nord Din Baia Mare University, Romania in 2002.
She is an honorary fellow to the American Institute of Architects. Also, she has been awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal by the Société Européenne Pour la Formation Ingénieurs (European Society for Engineering Education) in 2006.