About Us

Overview of the Project

Although humanity has experienced more deadly epidemics in the historical process, we are experiencing such an effective epidemic for the first time in the modern age. We realize how unprepared we are for this on a global scale. This situation threatens not only our health but also our modern lifestyle. In our living spaces equipped with technological tools, we try to understand what is essential while reviewing what we care about until today. It has been revealed how fragile our existence in the world is and our settled order and routine.
One of the scientific solutions proposed as the most effective method of combating the epidemic is ‘social isolation’. We are asked to reduce the threat of the outbreak both for ourselves and society by ‘staying home’. In this process, if we are not sick and lucky enough, we have to work at home, receive education, do sports, follow cultural and artistic activities and develop our hobbies with activities we can do at home. Therefore, our homes where we feel stuck are also the areas where our area of influence is highest. While our definition and perception of private, semi-public, and public space changes, we have to rediscover our living spaces and our immediate surroundings. We are all trying to solve our minor design problems by making new arrangements as much as we can. We want to comprehend the process we are going through with future designers from different disciplines and to think together and produce solutions for the future.

Project Coordinators:

Dr Elif Süyük Makaklı

Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture FMV Işık University, İstanbul, Turkey

Elif S.Makaklı received her PhD at Vienna University of Technology Faculty of Architecture – Inst. of Architecture and Design- Dept. of Architectural Design and Construction and completed her thesis “The Role and Impact of Technology on Architecture from Industrial to Nano Revolution” with Prof. William ALSOP.

She worked as an architect in different offices and firms in İstanbul and Vienna. She works at Işık University Faculty of Architecture and Design, Department of Architecture as an Assoc. Professor, where she conducts research activities in architectural design, design education, technology and architecture. She has published papers in national and international journals, conference proceedings, and books.

 

elif.suyuk@isikun.edu.tr

Dr Pınar Engincan

Founder and Director, SPACE Studies of Planning and Architecture, London, United Kingdom

Dr Pınar Engincan is the Founder and Director of SPACE Studies of Planning and Architecture in London. She has graduated from the Department of Architecture at Yildiz Technical University (YTU). She completed her MSc in Architecture with the sponsorship of Aga Khan Trust for Culture; Historic Cities Support Programme and PhD in Architecture in Building Science and Technology Programme/ Housing Production and Construction Management sub-division at YTU. Her main field of expertise is “Housing and urbanisation”. Her research interests are housing policy and production, urbanisation, urbanisation policy, regeneration in residential areas, participatory design in housing, use and production of urban space. After she completed her PhD, she had researched in her field of expertise and had journal articles, conference papers, reports published, research projects and workshops participated and directed. Besides her research activities, she is experienced in teaching graduate and undergraduate levels.

 

pengincan@spacestudies.co.uk

Researchers:

Dr Nuran Zeren Gülersoy

Professor, Head of Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Design, FMV Işık University, Istanbul, Turkey

Nuran Zeren Gülersoy graduated as an architect from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), where she received her master’s degree and a doctorate in urban planning. She worked for the Faculty of Architecture of ITU between 1977-2018. Presently, she is the Department Head of Architecture within the Faculty of Architecture and Design at FMV Işık University, Istanbul. Her primary areas of interest are urban conservation, urban planning, and urban design. She is currently a member of the Management Board and the Secretary-General of International Planning History Society (IPHS) and serving as members of Europa Nostra, ICOMOS CIVVIH Group and Our World Heritage Tourism Group at the international level. At the national level, she is a member of Europa Nostra Turkey, ICOMOS Turkey, and the Scientific Committee & Board of the TEMA Foundation trustees.

 

zeren.gulersoy@isikun.edu.tr

Dr Ahsen Özsoy

Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Design, FMV Işık University, Istanbul, Turkey

Ahsen Ozsoy studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University. She received her Master of Architecture and PhD degrees at ITU Faculty of Architecture in housing studies. Between 1977-2020, she conducted academic studies at the ITU Faculty of Architecture. Currently, she is teaching at FMV Işık University, Faculty of Architecture and Design. She has research studies and publications on housing quality and design, earthquake, housing, woman’s role; environment-behaviour studies; and creative city-university relations. She has been responsible for the design and interior design of educational and residential projects and has received national architectural awards. Administratively, she has served as Director of ITU’s Institute of Social Sciences and as Vice-Rector of ITU. She is the President of the Association for Architecture Education (mimED).

 

ahsen.ozsoy@isikun.edu.tr

Dr Gülay Kepsutlu

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Design,FMV Işık University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr Gülay Kepsutlu received her master’s degree and PhD from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She worked as a research assistant at Trakya University between 1984-1990 and as a lecturer and Ass. Professor at Anadolu University between 1990-1998. In 1993, she studied in the field of Architectural Conservation at ICOMOS, Rome. Between 1998-2011, she worked as an architect in Design and Project Management in several national and international construction companies in Moscow. She worked as a lecturer at Yeditepe University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, between 2011-2013. Since 2013, she works at Işık University, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Department of Architecture as an Ass. Professor. She continues her research related to architectural design, historical conservation and education in conservation.

 

gulay.kepsutlu@isikun.edu.tr

Dicle Zeycan

Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Design,FMV Işık University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dicle Zeycan (Istanbul, 1990) graduated from TED Istanbul College High School, studied architecture at METU Faculty of Architecture. She completed her master’s degree at İstanbul Bilgi University with her thesis titled “Images of Istanbul in Post-2000 Turkish Cinema: Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, Istanbul Tales and My Only Sunshine”. She continues her PhD, which she started in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at ITU in 2019, with her studies on “children and the city”. She started her academic career as a student assistant while studying at İstanbul Bilgi University, and then she gave various lectures at Beykent University for three semesters. She has been a member of Işık University since 2018.

 

diclezeycan@isikun.edu.tr

Research Assistants:

Ebru Yücesan

Research Assistant, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

She was born in Trabzon in 1991. She graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design in 2013. She wrote her master thesis on Physical and Digital Experience Spaces. In 2018, she started her doctorate education at Hacettepe University Interior Architecture and Environmental Design program. She continues to work on Places of Interaction. Besides, she continues to work as a research assistant at Hacettepe University Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design.

 

ebruyucesan@hacettepe.edu.tr

Özge Çelik Yılmaz

PhD Candidate, Lecturer, Department of Architecture FMV Işık University, Istanbul-Turkey

Özge Çelik Yılmaz is a landscape architect and holds an M.Sc. in Urban Planning. She worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the ITU Department of Urban and Regional Planning between 2011-2019, also served as a guest researcher in UTL (Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa) between 2016-2017. Her primary areas of interest are participatory urban design, design for everyone, sustainable landscape design, collaborative planning, and smart cities. She is a PhD candidate and currently a lecturer at FMV Işık University

 

ozgcelik@itu.edu.tr

 

Betül Ozar

Lecturer, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, FMV Işık University, Istanbul-Turkey

Betül Ozar graduated as an interior architect from Hacettepe University in 2013. She continued her graduate studies at Istanbul Technical University, Department of International Master Of Interior Architectural Design (IMIAD). She studied at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart in 2015 as part of the exchange period. She completed her MA degree with a thesis titled “A Research on the Measurability of Space Perception and Psycho-Social Quality: A Sample of Armada Life Street”.

During her education, she participated in national and international workshops such as Cept University (India) and Near East University (TRNC). She is continuing her PhD. Her primary areas of interest are eye tracking, space perception, user-space relationship, and digital presentation techniques. She started her academic career as a research assistant in 2016. She is currently a lecturer at FMV Işık University Faculty of Architecture and Design, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design.

 

betul.ozar@isikun.edu.tr