Pekin Çelik graduated from T.E.D. Ankara College. After obtaining her Master’s degree from Middle East Technical University’s Department of Architecture, she started her postgraduate studies at Princeton University School of Architecture in 1968 as a Fulbright grantee. Having her second Master’s degree from the same institution in 1970 as the first female architect, she returned to Turkey and completed her doctoral studies at İstanbul Technical University. Pekin Çelik, who worked at  Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey  in 1970-1981, later served in the United Nations Habitat organization in Nairobi and New York. After 2000, she worked in the Economic and Social Affairs Department of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), contributed to many international organizations as adviser, and finally founded a non-governmental organization called Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU). She was awarded by the American Institute of Architects in 1970, 1990, 2007, and won the Soroptomist International New York City award in 2006. She continues her professional activities in the United States as the head of the CSU board of trustees.

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