Ph.D. Candidate | Instructor
Georgia Tech | School of Architecture 


METU Fall’12-15
Basic Design is the foundational studio in the architectural curriculum at the Middle East Technical University. The main objective of the studio is to prepare first-year students to architectural design and introduce them to the studio culture by establishing the fundamental skills of design thinking and design exploration. The students explored organization, form, and space using a variety of design elements and materials. The formal and tectonic characteristics of design are placed into the focus. The experimental techniques of design thinking and making are emphasized.

I played an active role in restructuring the curriculum and creating studio exercises and assignments. In addition to teaching the studio, I also taught a Graphic Communication course that complemented and enhanced the design studio curriculum.


GaTech Spring’22
This foundational studio in architecture aims to provide essential skills for deliberate and iterative architectural design processes. The course broadens students’ understanding of form, craftsmanship, circulation, spatial experience, and the articulate crafting of both interior and exterior spaces.

Projects encompass studies in light, materials, textures, structural elements, and the effects of proportion, scale, and site interactions. To develop visual literacy and proficiency in architectural representation, students engage with a variety of media. The curriculum includes training in both two and three dimensions, employing traditional techniques such as hand drawing and physical modeling, alongside an introduction to digital tools. Course Objectives:

  • Fostering visual thinking skills.
  • Enhancing independent research capabilities and analytical skills.
  • Promoting iterative workflows that integrate both traditional and digital techniques effectively.
  • Implementing fundamental principles of form, organization, and environmental context.


GaTech Fall’20-22

Textile Tectonics Studio is an innovative second-year architectural design studio that emphasizes a research-driven approach to architecture. The course is centered on the theme of architectural figuration and configuration, drawing from the intricate Celtic knotwork found in ancient illuminated manuscripts. Through the study and application of textile techniques, students will learn how to transform delicate patterns and interlacings into rigid, self-supporting structures that retain elements of textile art, including pattern, color, and complexity.

The studio’s structure is methodically segmented into four progressive phases: “Patterning,” “Transforming,” “Programming,” and “Producing.” This pedagogical approach allows for an exploration of form, materiality, structure, and scale from the interiority of architectural design before considering external factors such as site and program. This inversion of conventional studio sequences offers students an early exposure to diverse design methodologies. Objectives of this studio include:

  • Building on foundational design and modeling skills to incorporate a rigorous research component into the design process.
  • Fostering an understanding of historical design elements from a material and geometric standpoint, rather than purely linguistic or symbolic.
  • Introducing the analogue computing.
  • Developing analytical thinking skills communicated through diagramming and mapping.
  • Encouraging innovative thinking by applying traditional textile techniques to architectural tectonics.
  • Developing advanced competencies in modeling complex geometries and representing large-scale architectural works.

This studio is designed not just to advance students’ design skills, but also to integrate research directly into the creative process, challenging them to conceive architecture through the lens of materiality and form’s enduring impact.

I contributed to developing this studio as an online course and conducted it in online, hybrid, and in-person formats over the past three years. Alongside leading the studio with 10-15 students, I developed and conducted tutorials on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Rhino, emphasizing efficient workflow integration among these programs in the design process. Additionally, I delivered lectures focusing on diagramming and the theories on architectural programming.


GaTech Fall’18-19
The theme of this Textile Tectonics Studio draws inspiration from the pioneering work of German architect Frei Otto, focusing on his innovative wool thread models. Students engage with material computing by experimenting with wool thread models vertically.  They study the emergent properties as wool threads are submerged in water, triggering self-formation by interacting with the liquid medium. This process allows for an analysis of structural behavior, informing the material properties of self-formed architectural structures. The studio’s approach is methodical and rule-based, starting with the establishment of the structural framework prior to considering site-specific and programmatic forces, which are incorporated later, allowing for a responsive reconfiguration of the initial structure. This progression reinforces a procedural design pedagogy that integrates empirical research into the creative process. Objectives of this studio include:

  • Enhancing design and modeling skills with an in-depth research methodology.
  • Introducing concepts of material and analogue computing within an architectural context.
  • Developing analytical skills through diagramming and mapping structural behavior.
  • Fostering innovative design exploration using material diagrams.
  • Cultivating advanced skills in modeling complex geometries and articulating large-scale projects.

This studio challenges students to rethink traditional architectural design through the lens of material behavior and analogue computational methods, equipping them with the skills to push the boundaries of structure and ornament.

Alongside leading the studio with 13 students, I developed and conducted tutorials on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Rhino, emphasizing efficient workflow integration among these programs in the design process. Additionally, I delivered lectures focusing on diagramming and the theories on architectural programming.


GaTech Spring’21-23
The Liminal Spaces Studio with the theme of “+ Catalyst” integrates ‘thinking through making’ not just as a practice but as a core methodology for generating context-responsive design solutions. This studio prioritizes the inherent interrelationship between representation, making, and presentation, driving students towards a nuanced understanding of the contextual forces that shape design.

Structured around three incremental design projects, the studio journey begins with an exploration of the intricate relationship between the human body and the built environment, setting a foundation for increasingly complex design challenges.

In a departure from traditional methods, the studio culminates not with a pre-defined program, but with one that students develop as a positive catalyst for the selected site. The project is located on the Sweet Auburn—a historically Black neighborhood suffered from the impacts of segregationist infrastructure projects and policies. Objectives of this studio include:

  • Instilling a methodology of ‘thinking through making’ as a primary mode of design exploration and contextual understanding.
  • Fostering critical thinking and decision-making that are informed by contextual forces.
  • Integrating design thinking to enable students to underpin their design choices with theoretical and practical knowledge through readings and discussions.
  • Guiding students to conceive and propose design interventions that contribute positively to the site’s context, with a particular sensitivity to the historical and cultural significance of the neighborhood.

Central to this studio is the concept that effective design must be informed by a deep comprehension of existing conditions. As such, students engage in rigorous site and program analyses, crafting design interventions that not only resonate with the present landscape but also proactively address future scenarios.

I directed the studio with 12 students. I organized class trips to Downtown Atlanta. I delivered lectures focusing on relationship between body and architecture, diagramming and the theories on architectural programming.


GaTech Spring’20
The Liminal Spaces Studio with the theme of “Still/Life” is a context driven architectural design studio informed by phenomenology of architecture. It delves into the interplay between the emotional and spiritual realms of architecture, and the physical landscape, both at micro and macro scales. Students explore the expressive capabilities of materials, light, color, and texture, ensuring these elements are in harmony with the project’s programmatic demands. Studio’s approach recognizes program as sanctuaries for rejuvenating our emotional and physical well-being, reconnecting with our mental health. Through architectural design, students create conditions that foster inspiring interactions with liminal spaces—those thresholds of transformation and transition.

The students engage with the historic Manchester Mill ruins, transforming this site into a wellness retreat featuring therapeutic pools, spaces for yoga and meditation, and short-term residences. The studio seeks to interpret our building programs as active landscapes for healing and spiritual renewal. Objectives of this studio include:

  • Recognizing and analyzing the inherent conditions of a project.
  • Employing principles from pertinent analogs, precedents, and methodologies.
  • Assessing and refining various design strategies and methodologies.
  • Integrating insights into cohesive design proposals that respond to context, program, and constructional imperatives.
  • Utilizing effective representation techniques to articulate the analysis and synthesis of design considerations and to express conceptual, technical, and emotive aspects of their work.

This studio is a designed toward discovering how architecture can be a vessel for profound human experiences, rekindling our connection to experiential qualities of buildings.

I directed the studio in hybrid format with 12 students, I developed and conducted tutorials on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, emphasizing efficient workflow integration among these programs in the design process. Additionally, I delivered lectures focusing on body-architecture relationship, diagramming and the theories on architectural programming.


STUDIO TZ: DronePorts
GaTech Spring’19
As such, students will engage in design, production and communication processes that rely upon a multitude of techniques and technologies (both digital and physical) including associative and parametric modeling, simulation / analysis, (static) virtual reality (VR), laser-cutting, 3d-printing and model-making. STUDIO TZ provides a domain where all of the above will be iteratively exercised towards the following key objectives:

  • Expand working toolset and modes of design operation to place full emphasis on 3-dimensional digital models and associated physical / digital output as the core media for all aspects of studio work, its development, production and communication.
  • Develop and communicate comprehensive site delineation, analysis and design.
  • Rigorously employ iterative design towards spatial, organizational, material and structural clarity.
  • Cultivate and foster a culture of open, collaborative exchange within the studio.
  • Design and deliver a robust set of architectural ideas to Tanzania and East Africa.

We systematically direct all of the above towards the design of DRONEPORTS, a new architectural typology yet to be extensively explored, for the city and region of Mwanza, Tanzania.

METU Summer’16-17
Co-instructors: Seray Turkay, Egemen Kizilcan

The Model Construction Workshop aims to provide a link between the basic design practices and material, modeling and basic construction techniques. At the end of the first year, the students are provided with the necessary skills to use appropriate materials, and adjust appropriate scales for a given design problem considering its form. Namely, the workshop provides a domain for the students to work and research more on form and materialization of design.

“Every physical being, living and non-living, has to support its materiality against the various forces that are imposed upon it by its environment, such as gravity, wind or atmospheric pressure. Philosophically speaking, the materiality of physical beings can be thought of as embodiment of two intrinsic coincident principles: primary matter itself and its form, its gestalt in space. Both principles are intricately interwoven, and in the physical world one cannot occur without the other: no material is without form and no form exists without materialisation.”[1]

At this stage, after defining a design problem based on the relation among form, material and forces, the students will be asked to research on the given design problem through material experiments and diagrammatic models. Several brief lectures on form and materiality, material properties, basic construction techniques, and computer aided manufacturing tools will be given in order to provide necessary background information to the students. With the guidance of workshop instructors, students are going to develop their own projects and diagrammatic models in groups of 8-9 people. The aim is to develop an understanding of form as a result of materiality and forces that act on matter.

2016 Theme: material . force . form

Form is derived by forces acting on matter. The theme ‘material . force . form’ offers a research domain, where students can explore various materials and their physical properties as the generative drivers of design process. The workshop will internalize the theme of biomimetics as its core and the works produced in the scope of the workshop are expected to inherit properties from biological structures.

The three groups of students will focus on different characteristics of the radiolaria organism. In other words, the three groups will work on finding relations between architectural form and the same biological organism regarding its geometrical and structural interpretations. It is expected to see a multiplicity of such interpretations when inheriting the different properties of the organism, finally resulting in three different studies on construction techniques: self-assembly, tensile/membrane, and formwork.

[1]Achim Menges and Tobias Tchwinn, ‘Manufacturing Reciprocities’, Material Computation: Higher Integration in Morphogenetic Design, 2012.

[1]Toni Kotnik and Michael Weinstock, ‘Material, Form and Force’, Material Computation: Higher Integration in Morphogenetic Design, 2012.

Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Architecture
245 4th Street, NW, Suite 351
Atlanta, Ga 30332