Sedef Doganer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Dept. Chair
Architecture - Historic Preservation
Chair, UTSA Department of Architecture
Dr. Sedef Doganer studies the globalization of consumer behavior and is an expert on design issues related to cultural heritage tourism. Her research focuses on hotel design, sustainable tourism alternatives, tourism destination planning, and touristic places. She specializes in innovative, multi-disciplinary research on development in heritage zones that respects the continuity of existing heritage. Dr. Doganer’s work is widely recognized nationally and internationally. She has gained substantial experience in planning rural areas and villages towards Sustainable Rural Tourism in Turkey and is honored to be awarded by The Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TTYD) with a Barlas Kuntay Tourism Research Award in 2006 for her work "Life in Unulla Village." She has also been involved in "Master Planning Services for HemisFair and Surrounding Area" and served as one of the Historic Preservation Strategists (Co-PI) in 2010.
Her most recent projects include an assessment of San Antonio’s heritage resources and an analysis of heritage tourism small-business potential near Missions San José and San Juan. With funding from the City of San Antonio’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and a university grant, she is also researching the number of people visiting the city specifically on heritage travel. In light of the Missions’ recent designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, such detailed data will aid the city in promoting cultural travel, developing marketing campaigns around the travel trend, and supporting viable local businesses that are attractive to heritage tourists and locals alike.
Before she moved to the U.S., Dr. Doganer received many design awards with her practice in Turkey. She served as project manager and principal designer for numerous building design projects throughout Antalya and Istanbul.
At UTSA she provides graduate and undergraduate design studios in addition to coursework and research about architecture and tourism, focusing on alternative tourism architecture and preservation of the urban fabric and landscapes of San Antonio. After previously serving as the Graduate Advisor of Record and Assistant Department Chair, she currently serves as the Chair of UTSA Department of Architecture.