bio | Meriç Öner is an architect, researcher and exhibition maker. Following a period of professional practice, Meriç Öner was commissioned as exhibitions coordinator at the 2005 UIA world architecture congress in Istanbul. Later at Garanti Galeri, she assisted exhibitions on design and architecture, and edited publications on the city. Öner simultaneously supported the layered design processes of Salt, a research-based cultural institution, towards its opening in 2011 in Istanbul. As founding associate director of research and programs, she defined Salt’s critical approach to the studies and presentations of built environments. Her queries on material culture in recent history initiated local and international conversations, facilitating public displays of multiple narratives and expandable timelines via exhibitions, workshops, talks, and film programs including Becoming Istanbul and 90 (2011), Modern Essays 4: SALON (2012), Summer Homes: Claiming The Coast (2014), One and the Many (2016), Commissioners’ Exhibition (2017), CLIMAVORE: Seasons Made to Drift - Cooking Sections (2021), and Thursday Cinema (2014-ongoing). As director in 2017-2021, Öner focused on amplifying the institution’s potential as a co-learning agency. She advanced the dissemination of the digitized Salt Research archives and activated the Office of Useful Art in partnership with the Asociación de Arte Útil. Öner structured long-term collaborations with local institutions and universities, in particular with Kadir Has University that lead to the acquisition and digitization of the archive of the Istanbul Encyclopedia (1945-1975) - an incomplete queer publication about the city - by the late historian and author Reşad Ekrem Koçu, due for online access in 2023. She currently practices space, exhibition and program making, and provides consultancy on cultural strategies internationally at Meriç Öner Research and Design based in Istanbul.