Meriç Öner is a trained architect (B.Arch, Istanbul Technical University, 2001; M.Arch, Istanbul Bilgi University, 2006). After a brief period of professional practice, Öner started working in the cultural field, first as exhibitions coordinator at XXII. World Congress of Architecture (Istanbul, 2005) followed by a curatorial post in design at Garanti Galeri (GG). Since 2011, Öner is Associate Director of Research and Programs at SALT. Focusing mainly on material culture in Turkey and its surrounding geography, she ensures a way in which that particular culture is tackled with a comprehensive and progressive approach. Her research work circulates in forms of print and online publications, exhibitions and public programs.
Öner was editor of the interactive database developed for GG's “Becoming Istanbul” exhibition, which was shown at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main in 2008. She programmed the exhibition’s first display in Turkey at SALT Beyoğlu in 2011, with "90" talks, presentations, screenings, and performances about the city. She conceived the research exhibitions “Modern Essays 4: SALON” (SALT Galata in 2012), “SUMMER HOMES: Claiming the Coast” (SALT Beyoğlu, 2014) and “One and the Many” (SALT Galata, 2016). She is the programmer of SALT’s Thursday Cinema, which presents contemporary and historic transformations that cities undergo through a selection of documentary and feature films. Additionally, Öner is the editor of the publications "Tracing Istanbul (from the air)" and "Mapping Istanbul" (with Pelin Derviş) published by GG in 2009.