Prof. Dr. Oya Atalay Franck is an architect, architectural historian and academician. She is Professor of Architecture and the Dean and managing director of the School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland. Her teaching covers the theory and history of architecture as well as design studio. She has taught architecture and construction, urban design and architecture theory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy NY, at Bilkent University Ankara, and at ETH Zurich. Her current research areas are a. o. design research methods (research by design), design doctorates, artistic research, interface education/research/practice, as well as higher education politics. Her recent publications address research methodologies and design doctorate programmes. She acts as an expert in various scientific bodies, a.o. the Swiss National Foundation of Research (SNF), the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) as well as in peer review committees and in quality audits.