Scholar, designer and engineer. Co-founder of Ambiguous Standards Institute.

Holds a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering, MSc and PhD degrees in Industrial Product Design. He participated in Digital Media MA program in HfK Bremen. He currently works at Loughborough University, School of Design and Creative Arts. His areas of research focus on critical design, cultural studies and history of art and design.

His works and collaborative projects are exhibited in Istanbul Design Biennials, Istanbul Modern Museum, Milano Design Week, Designmai Berlin and Hong Kong. He has co-authored the book Daily Life Studies Publication No. 1 (2016) and curated The NewDomesticity: Furniture Issue exhibition in Dutch Design Week 2016 in Eindhoven. His personal work was exhibited in It Was Your Toy That Was Broken in March 2020. His most recent work is Ambiguous Standards Institute's An Institute Within An Institute exhibition in Art Institute of Chicago (2021).

Recent Works:

An Institute Within An Institute, Art Institute of Chicago, February 11 - June 7, Chicago, USA.


It Was Your Toy That Was Broken, Solo exhibition, 6-27 March 2020, Istanbul Edebiyat Evi, Turkey.


Dreamscapes: Hypercritical Dissections in Space, Exhibition, 5-19 July 2019, Studio-X Istanbul, Turkey.

Toys in Inventory: Documenting Toys in Turkey in Three Phases, Research Project (10000 USD), Funded by Istanbul Bilgi University, July 2018-February 2019, Turkey.


Ambiguous Standards Institute, ongoing research based design project.

19th International Venice Architecture Biennial, Taking Scarpa for a Walk, Workshop, coordinator with Cansu Cürgen, 16-22 July 2018, Venice, Italy.

M(F)aking between finality and instrumentality, Design Unlimited, Turkey.


Architectural Model Making In Turkey: A Tool For Thinking and Visualization, Exhibition design, furniture & lighting design, curator: Pelin Derviş, Studio-X GSAPP, Istanbul.

Stools as Tools: Tactical Units and Ways of Sitting in Public Space’, co-author Nur Horsanalı, Monu, Magazine on Urbanism #27, Rotterdam.

Two Modes: Playing Darzana, Rhizome, Work Life, Architecture, Culture and Art, Istanbul.

The Bride's House or the Era of Hyper-Rituals, XXI Architecture and Design Magazine, İstanbul.


Design Chronology Turkey: Toys, 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley (cur.), Istanbul, with Cansu Cürgen, Nur Horsanalı, Liana Kuyumcuyan and Günbike Erdemir. The States of Openness: An Educational Perspective, in Open Design For E-Very-Thing, co-author Cansu Cürgen, Cumulus Conference Proceedings, Hong Kong Design Institute and Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, Hong Kong. The New Domesticity: Furniture Issue, International Exhibition, Curation and Organization, Dutch Design Week 2016, Eindhoven. Design in the Age of Planned Obsolescence, in XXI Architecture and Design Magazine, İstanbul. 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, Toyscape, curated by Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley, exhibited in Studio X, İstanbul. An Open Design Experimentation: R-Autoprogettazione?, Exhibition Design and Coordination, Studio-X, İstanbul. Tactics of Cultural Adaptation: Design and Production Characteristics of Toys in Istanbul, with Şebnem Timur Öğüt and Artemis Yagou, The Design Journal, 19, 3.


IABA, 3rdInternational Architecture Biennial, Antalya, AgCc DES. ARCH. IND. T. CO. LTD. LOL project, Antalya BECC.


2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, TWTRATE project, design and implementation, curated by Zoe Ryan and Meredith Carruthers, exhibited in Galata Greek Primary School. Gelibolu Peninsula Historical National Park Focus Zones Idea Competition, Mention, Çanakkale, Turkey. Vernal Workshops III ‘Collaboration’, International Workshops of Architecture, Design and Art, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Organizer and Co-lecturer with Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley in ‘U-Topic Time’ workshop Dreams to Reality: Projections on Education, 13 March – 1 June 2014, Vitra Contemporary Architecture Series,Exhibition Design, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul.


Vernal Workshops II ‘Familiarity’, International Workshops of Architecture, Design and Art, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Organizer and Co-lecturer with The Home Project in ‘Design with Origin’ workshop


1st Istanbul Design Biennial, 13 October – 12 December 2012, Istanbul, Instances of Imperfection” Exhibition in the Academic Program

Vernal Workshops I ‘Imperfection’, International Workshops of Architecture, Design and Art, 4-8 April 2012, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Organizer and Co-lecturer with Tim Parsons in ‘The Craft of Imperfection’ workshop


“Designmai” International Design Festival, 12-20 May 2007, Berlin, Individual Exhibition.
Milan Design Week, 16-25 April 2007, Italy, Participation in “Five Senses of Istanbul” Exhibition in Salone Sattelite


Profile Intermedia 9 Media & Design Festival, 31 November – 3 December 2006, Bremen, Organization & Participation in “Veryfastfilmfestival” Workshop