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Academic Works






Professional Works Herzog & de Meuron





experimental water-based museum complex Location: Haskoy, Istanbul / Turkey Exhibited in: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & ITU 2012 Best Graduation Projects Exhibition, Thessaloniki / Greece Published in: “Archiprix2011” Publisher: Yem

creating water transfers in Istanbul historical peninsula

Production, healing, exposition, involving the public in the By 2092, Golden Horn will have an underwater production process and connecting the coastlines - these are the aims of the experimental museum ‘Microcosmos’. Microcosmos is designed to challenge the stereotypical rules of museums, so that they may keep their importance and stay alive as time goes by. Otherwise, museums are sentenced to be forgotten. Golden Horn in Istanbul is experiencing a problem with water pollution. Over time, this ‘production museum’ must not only survive in spite of ecological problems, but also play a role as a healer of the environment. To deal with this issue, bio-mass modules will be built and connected to the drains in order to clean the water. This cleansing is imagined as a futuristic scenario that follows the development of the museum, from the year 2012 to the year 2092.

city and purifying machine with channels and tubes. A long term planning is necessary to structure the museum during this timeframe. With the cleaning of the water, Golden Horn is designed to be an area of underwater canals and power stations. An ecological utopia is imagined with underwater tube and subway crossings, bio-mass power stations producing energy from organic waste from the sewers, and underwater factories whose CO2 emissions are suppressed with the water pressure. Units for cleaning and waterlife protection are gradually transformed into museum spaces as the water is purified closer to 2092. As a symbolic gesture, an underwater museum is founded to show that the water has been cleansed.

Art and craft are united on the remodelled historical and new bridge

image and section of old bridge

section of museum complex

After Galata Bridge was burnt down, modules of the bridge have been

relocated on Golden Horn. Two substantial modules from the old bridge still exist in Ballat. With the new bridge connection from Haskoy, the two coasts of Halic are reunited, and consequently the bridge becomes a ‘pedestrian bridge museum’. The new bridge is designed considering the condition and criteria of the old bridge.Furthermore, the museum can also be used as an event space for Istanbul Design and Fashion week.

image and section of new bridge




futuristic high-rise building study Location: Harem, Istanbul/ Turkey Exhibited & Published in: Mimed 2009 competetion Finalist projects 4th year category Yearbooklet Mimed2009, publisher: TMMOB

Bubble up is designed for Istanbul, in which there will

be too many skyscrapers. The cultural complex provides an improved system of transportation which would reduce traffic congestion in the area, a major problem for the city. This eco-friendly, utopian building is also designed for organising and hosting a periodical international expo and trade centre. Bubble up is designed to be a water and wind based building with an international harbour, near to the Istanbul Marmara sea. The existing public ferry system is integrated with the harbour to give an alternative to land transportation, and the building is allowed to be open to traffic from both Turkey and other countries. Ideally served by these transportation solutions, the harbour is designed to be transformed into a multipurpose area for concerts and conferences. It is possible to reach the building with different methods of transport. To facilitate this, there are different entrance zones and more than one ‘ground level’ floor, at different heights which relate to the site and to the sea.

Bubble up is a futuristic, eco friendly skyscraper. To achieve this, the building is designed with bubbles* and wind dishes*, and the floor plans are designed to create a vertical canyon effect and generate a more powerful wind. The height of the building also reaches the faster prevailing winds at altitude. With all of these factors put together, Bubble Up functions as a wind-energy basel building. Pneumatic bubbles for the temporary expo spaces blow up if there is enough wind force, and if not, blow up motors are put in use. Additional wind dishes harness the wind power and collect rainwater.


eco-friendly village and urban design Location: Iznik, Bursa / Turkey Exhibited & Published in: Mimed 2010 competetion Finalist projects 4th year category Yearbooklet Mimed2010, publisher: TMMOB

Eco-fabric is located in Bursa, between an antique theatre,

olive fields, and Iznik Lake. The area close to the olive fields is under the threat of pollution. This architecture and urban design project is designed to save the olive fields, in order for them to return to begin reproducing. This site is planned as a modern village combing glass houses, an eco-bazaar, eco-houses, farms and sports areas. Transportation within the village is provided by the rail system. Bazaar units and passengers are transported by rail system. Crops and produce coming from the glass houses, fields and nearby villages are exhibited and sold in rented bazaar units.

All of the units are designed to be formed of removable

parts made from eco-friendly materials. There will be ecohouses and playgrounds built for visitors, for them to experience the ecological life within. These structures will be built with the same structural and material concerns as the other units. The network structure is designed with a lightweightsteel self supporting system.




seranit® streets with stepps architectural and product design contest Location: Sisli,Istanbul / Turkey Awarded: Grand Prize Exhibited in: “Seranit” Istanbul Conrad Hotel, April-June 2010 Published in: Arkitera digital magazine, April 2010 // Cooperative work with: D.Gezgin, C.Basar, M.Özkan

How to make a working connection between

the crowded offices of Fulya, and the silent residential area of the upper level of the street?


this competition proposal, the existing stepped street connecting the commercial area with the residential area is thought of as a public square arranged along a line, like an open common space. It lets people pass and others pause at the same time. This linear square functions as a street for meeting, pausing and spending time. For this, the ‘smart stepped’ furniture work as sitting/laying/playing/hobby units. They function like typical steps when not in use, but can be transformed easily by pulling up and plugging into the neighbouring walls.


villa design project on a protected/historical area Location: Çesme, Izmir/ Turkey

alaçatı stone villa consept drawing

This project is located in Alacati (also known as Alatsata or

Agrilia from Greek), an Aegean town on the Western coast of Izmir Province in Turkey, which has been famous for its architecture vineyards and windmills for over 150 years. Stone houses are very typical for the local architecture of Alacati. Due to its location on a protected site within a UNESCO heritage area, this villa project is designed combining both traditional and modern criterion and techniques. The materials and design decisions are made according to earthquake regulations and summer climate conditions.

Research and Written Works







Audio-Visual - Graphic Design - Illustration Works






Advisor: Prof.Dr. Semra Aydınlı Published in: Istanbul Technical University Taskisla Library


design is a question, how can architecture find answers to this question? How can we read the inherent data? How can we come up with a solution that responds to the the circumstances? Considering the design of architecture as a series of problematic questions, the objective of this thesis is to find multiples solutions in a wide spectrum. For this process, called ‘exploration’, the investigation of the NDSM area has been chosen as a tool. The evaluation of the NDSM area is also presented as a thesis design process.


thesis narrates the past to present transformation of the NDSM company, located on the banks of the river IJ to the north of Amsterdam, which was established as a wharf in 1930s. Developed as an industrial area outside the historic city of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Noord-NDSM turned into a ghost town following the termination of ship production in the end of 80’s. It was then occupied by a group of people who introduced themselves as ‘city nomads’, consisting of artisans, artists, students who want to become artists, street dancers and skaters. After some stages of development, this area - once known as a dumpsite prone to fall into decay - has turned into a city of art and design.

In the beginning of the 1990s these city nomads made several occupations

of the site. The first occupations were not successful, which led to the city nomads coming together and establishing a foundation called Kinetisch Noord. This foundation helped organise occupations for the inhabitants, such as cleaning the area, by distributing the work and arranging communication. Just a couple of years later NDSM became the hot spot in Amsterdam. When the northern municipality of Amsterdam became aware of this youth movement, they announced that they wanted to do a competition about rehabilitation and recreation of NDSM. The ideas of Kinetisch Noord won the competition and the foundation rented the area from the municipality for 10 years. With the result of the competition, it

was seen that the city nomads turned their illegal movement into a legal achievement. During a period of almost 10 years the area developed economically and became the youth breeding spot for the city. In 2013, when the Amsterdam municipality realised the importance of NDSM, they decided to take responsibility for the area when the duty of Kinetisch Noord ends in 2015. With regard to Amsterdam’s urban and IJ embankment projects, the Amsterdam municipality announced their new urban project for NDSM. New speculations and conflicts between city nomads have arisen from the new project proposals of the municipality. Some people think that it would kill the self-mad identity of NDSM. On the contrary some people think that would be an important evolution for the northern area of Amsterdam which is considered the least-developed part of the city. The future project for NDSM, called Urban Vision, is still in development and the results will be seen in the following years. The following chapters of this thesis are more focused on the progress made since the origins of the area until today, in 2014.

The transformation of the NDSM wharf, which is considered to be successful,

is defined as an area of exploration, and the reasons that paved the way for this success have been investigated through a process of exploration. This course of discovery explored how the NDSM was transformed with various interventions and add-ons. The connection between the culture of Amsterdam and Holland and the reasons for the transformation was researched. The results of the studies revealed that the area has a direct relationship with the city of Amsterdam and the dynamics of it. Later on, a personal mapping of the city was made for the sake of the exploration. This exploration was made as a flaneur - meaning a person who strolls and experiences the city spontaneously. After this personal experiment it was realised that there is a connection between city of Amsterdam and rhizome notion by Deleuze. The rhizomatic connections effect the user and every dynamic of Amsterdam.


examples that describe the relationship between the user and the designer were analysed to understand the established bond between the city and architecture. The youth sub-culture of Amsterdam was also analysed, starting from the 1960s, due to the fact that the city nomad group is essentially a youth movement. It has been understood that Dutch anarchy and youth squatting groups such as the Provos and Kabouters in the 1970s and the Amsterdam Squats in the 1980s would have shaped the transformation of NDSM.

The culture of freedom, occupation and organisation in Amsterdam

- which is thought to have been generated by the youth movements is analysed within the context of the NDSM Wharf . The collaborative approach and the culture of organisation that once brought together the parts of NDSM and are now keeping on its feet, helped the city nomads to form a creative, sustainable, self-made city model in a short period of time.

Following analysis at the end of the second and third chapters,

several concepts are explored in relation to various theories.These analyses made under the names of Learning from NDSM 1&2 are examined with the ideas of sustainability and decay, collaboration and inter-disciplinary work, and self-organization.

In the chapter of Learning from NDSM 1, the production and over

consumption theories are discussed according to ideas in One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse and The Man Who Lost his Aura by Theodor Adorno. After those ideas the idea of decay is put forward as an anti-thesis. Following the decay idea, there is a discussion of the fake-decay concept in design and architecture which is believed to be a new dilemma for man.


In the chapter of Learning from NDSM 2 the idea of transformation has been divided to 3 subchapters, the evaluation of: experimental, collage and autogenetic city. During the chapter evaluation of experimental city, the transformation of utopias is researched. It is discussed how the modernist utopian understanding changed into anti-utopian understanding according to Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Superstudio and Archigram. Rem Koolhaas’s urban project for IJ river is also discussed according to these theories. After the criticism of stable and rigid architecture understanding, there is a focus on creative, innovative, mobile and experimental architecture by grasping the ideas of Lefebvre, Constant’s New Babylon, Situationists and Dada artists.

In the chapter evaluation of collage city, the notions of fragment and bricoleur have been adopted from Colin Rowe and reinterpreted according to Deleuze’s schizophrenic production mode.

In the last chapter revaluation of autogenetic city, is an attempt to understand why NDSM is self-made and the non-linear. To

understand this self-made notion, the self-organisation idea is researched by looking at nature. Comparison between Bushev and Ashby in terms of self-organisation helps to understand the notions of emergence and emergent. The ideas of Manuel de Landa which focus on phase diagrams, show how a city naturally organises itself since the ancient times. In addition, looking at the life cycle of animals and aspects of Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas about the environment helps to understand the desire of the NDSM movement which is instinctive, natural and particular to its roots.

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Torre David 2009

In the 4th chapter, in the light of Learning from NDSM and with the aim to extend the literature research, a path is followed that goes from parts to the whole and then back to the parts again. On this path three autogenic architectural examples (the town of Christiana in Denmark, the vertical city of Torre David in Venezuela, the neighbourhood of Quinta Monroy in Chile) are chosen to make a new analysis because they are considered to have characteristics that are similar to NDSM. The weakness of the collaborative movement and the sense of organisation in the example of Denmark, and the lack of support from architecture in the example of Venezuela, are found to be the decoupling points of these two from the NDSM. The Quinto Monroy example is elaborated (in the light of what has already been discovered) in order to find an answer to the question of how a can neighbourhood be designed by the users and the architects and how the conscious transformation is realized.

In conclusion, it is proven that of the physical transformation of NDSM is a reaction

by the creative groups that have come together, to the conditions of the area. The solidification of these ideas is supported with the transformation of the buildings in the area. The architectural transformation is the product of the Dutch perception of art and artists, the culture of cohabitation, the peaceful attitude of the state and aspects of the recent history of the Netherlands. This movement is pluralist, holistic and collaborative because it stems from the very culture of the region. The aforementioned culture and the principle of cooperation have developed a non-linear, self-organizing and idiosyncratic system simply because it is a natural development process.

Along with these analyses, this thesis is an adventure of exploration that intends

to learn how to observe a city and architecture, within the context of all the aspects that it contains, within its past-present-future continuum, and to understand other problems with the data at hand.


New-age School Design and Research Article Location: Karakรถy, Istanbul/ Turkey

Fusion is a design project based on researches for school

models in 21st century. During the design process, it is investigated previous and today school models, learning habits and student behavings who are between 16-24.

The project named “Fusion” which means the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. Therefore, ideas, student needs, traditional methods, educational understandings are mixed during the design and has been created critical, new school brand called “mind collector”.

Due to lack of big spaces, classrooms, temporary residents, labs and even circulation areas designed for minimum needs. It is also designed as “plug-in” idea that whole building adapt and transform itself according to needs.


Istanbul Tech. Uni. Campus Design Competetion and Research Article about Education Location: Ayazaga, Istanbul/ Turkey Exhibited in: ITU Taskisla Campus July 2012 Finalist projects 4th year category Published in: book in progress Cooperative work with: Prof.Dr. S.Ayd覺nl覺 and 7 other master students


Istanbul Tech. Uni. Campus Design Competetion and Research Article about Education Location: Ayazaga, Istanbul/ Turkey Exhibited in: ITU Taskisla Campus July 2012 Finalist projects 4th year category Published in: book in progress Cooperative work with: Prof.Dr. S.Ayd覺nl覺 and 7 other master students

Cuckoo’s Campus is a design project for Istanbul Tech-

nical University campus, trying to find solutions for both the education system and the campus life in universities. The paradigm is a transition from teaching based education to learning based education, where the hierarchy between students and professors should be broken down. The paradigm of education today combines formal and informal methods as a means of dynamic versatile discovery. Therefore, Cuckoo’s Campus should have a new identity, leading with a network system combining faculties from different disciplines, techno parks and research and development facilities. Cuckoo’s Campus offers a new critical idea, called ‘Creative Destruction’, for the existing buildings which are demolished. The essence of the Creative Destruction idea is to retain the memories of the old buildings, creating new buildings from the traces of those memories.

The faculty buildings are designed as hybrids, integrating

technology and functionality to create a dynamic system. Each faculty has its own library, administration, classrooms, student clubs and dormitories, without a hierarchy. Some of the spaces of each faculty unit are connected with external activities to create an open system. In general, a problem for campus students is that their dormitories are located far away from the faculties. Integrating the dormitories solves this problem, along with problems of communication, and the sense of non-place on campus after daytime hours.


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video-mapping , audio-visual design Performed at: Istanbul Tech.University / Turkey Published in: Arredemento Mimarl覺k architecture magazine, June 2011 Arkitera digital magazine, June 2011


selected motion graphics and interactive digital art works


art work exhibition Location: Y覺ld覺z Tech.University - Istanbul / Turkey Exhibition of invisible sound drawings


selected illustration and drawing works politics for more:


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Herzog & de Meuron

Istanbul Technical University Architecture Department Februrary - May 2012 Architectural Design Studio Assistant Leaded to workshop for mapping Istanbul Leaded to small project workshops of shell design and info spaces design co-operation with 3 others. Attended to main design project juries as a jury member

Cirakoglu Architects

Erginoglu&Calislar Architectural Office July - September 2012 Intern Architect

April 2013 - March 2014 Basel Head Office / Switzerland Trainee Architect Asklepios 8 project - construction phase Galataport project - competition phase AstraZeneca project - concept and schematic phases December 2012 - March 2013 Istanbul / Turkey Architect AGU University Campus schematic phase Embassy of Sudan construction phase

We.Dream Desgin Office

March - May 2012 Visual Communication Designer (Part-time worker) Brand Development including Graphic, Installation and Product design

Sembol Architecture / Construction Company June - July 2009 Intern Architect on construction site Uras&Dilekci Architectural Office June - August 2008 Intern Architect


Istanbul Technical University

Architectural Design M.Sc 2014 ( Grade: 3,31/4,00)

Istanbul Technical University

Architecture B.Sc 2011 (Grade: 3,41/4,00)

University of Fernando Pessoa

Architecture B.Sc 2009 (Erasmus Exchange)


Seranit “Streets with Steps” Competition 2010 with D. Gezgin, C. Basar, M. Özkan Grand Prize “Eco-Pavillion” Nature Compatible Exhibition Center Design 2010 with D. Gezgin Jury’s Special Award Shangai “My House” Painting Contest 2000 World Bronze Medal

Skills & Interests

Professional skills

AutoCAD | Rhino | VRay | Sketchup | Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign | After Effects | MS Office Physical modelling | Laser cutting | Photography

Other skills

Yoga, Scuba Diving, Tai-chi, Modern Dance, Drawing

Foreign languages

English (Fluent), French (Beginner)

Workshops & Organisations

Urban Transcripts, Rome Tre University Rome / Italy , 2012

participant. Tutors: B. Rosa, C. Meschiari, Dr. Urban and Architectural Analysis in Rome

Taskisla Spatium Istanbul / Turkey , 2011

Video-mapping on Taskisla building under the leadership of R.Anadol watch the performance on

Kayıtdısı 04 “AITHG” Istanbul / Turkey , 2011

participant & team leader. Tutors: B.Islam, A.Onel Visual Design and Short Film Workshop on “Perception”

Fener-Balat Participatory Film Workshop Istanbul / Turkey , 2010

participant. Tutors: A. Senel Assoc.Prof. , O. Avcı, Ms. Documentary Film Co-study with Oxford Brookes University Architecture Department instructors and students

EASA10, “Environmental Response” Manchester / UK , 2010

participant. Tutors: D.E. Jessen, S.A. Nielsen Space and Product Design with Arduino Technology

Kayıtdısı 02 “In Between” Istanbul / Turkey , 2009

participant. Tutors: S. Kucuktuna, S. Paker Parametrical Thinking and designing criteria

World Architecture Festival Barcelona / Spain , 2008

participant. Design workshop on architecture and Barcelona

Exhibition & Press & Published

Istanbul Technical University Ayazaga Campus Design Projects Exhibiton in ITU Taskisla with the project “cuckoo’s campus” 2012 July

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & Istanbul Technical University 2012 Best Graduation Projects Exhibition, Thessaloniki / Greece with “Microcosmos” and published book by University of Aristotales

Istanbul Technical University Gümüssuyu Photograph Exhibiton, 2012 selected works from “city and human photographs” project.

Arredemento Mimarlık, Architectural Magazine, “Spatium” Issue: July 2011

Arkitera, Architectural Web Magazine, Seranit Streets With Steps Student Competition 2010 Sisli Winner with “Linear Square ”

Istanbul Technical University, digital magazine, Eco-pavillion Compitition Winners - “Hay.Space” April 2010 // ITU, deanshiphall - 2010 year projects exhibitions - , “Hay.Space”

Mimed Organisation contest exhibitons 2010 - 2009 - 2008 Kayıtdısı Organisation project exhibitions in Yıldız Technical University 2010 - 2008 , “Fade-out” , “In between” , “Interaction”

architect +905365827730 Istanbul/Turkey

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