Academic Interests

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  • Designing with computational methods (particularly generative techniques using parametric models and end-user programming) incorporating complex requirements and performance factors
  • Working with a large number of [computer generated] design alternatives
  • Rapid-prototyping of built-environments, systems, and interactive objects

Design Research

  • Studying design in relation to cognition theories (such as Human Problem Solving, Distributed and Extended Cognition, Situated Cognition, Augmented Cognition) and developing new methodological and computational approaches to design
  • Role of representation and media in design task-environments for design space exploration
  • Elements of multidisciplinary collaboration and design decision-making

Computation and Design

  • Developing creativity support tools with user-centered human-computer interaction and novel interfaces based on empirical data, and cognition theories and models
  • Coding as an integral part of design through end-user programming for generation, synthesis, analysis, simulation, and selection of alternatives
  • Designing and evaluating system architectures and algorithms for complex [design] domains with big data and relying on multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Implementation of interactive systems for visual analytics of spatial and non-spatial [design] information


  • Improving and implementing ‘Academic Apprenticeship Model’ in design [computation]
  • Adopting student-centered, active and collaborative learning methods with novel instructional approaches
  • Using innovative software design methods and strategic knowledge in teaching design computation


Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, PA

PhD in Computational Design, December 2003

Dissertation Topic: Interactive Computational Support for Modeling and Generating Design Requirements.

Committee: Prof. Ulrich Flemming, PhD, Prof. Ă–mer Akin, PhD, Prof. John R. Hayes, PhD

Clemson University,
Clemson, SC

Master of Construction Science and Management, May 1996

Thesis Topic: Three-dimensional computational modeling and integration as an alternative communication medium between different A/E/C disciplines.

Committee: Prof. Clarence L. B. Addison and Prof. Roger Liska, PhD

Mimar Sinan University,
Istanbul, Turkey

Master of Architecture

Completed course work

Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

Bachelor of Architecture, June 1991

Graduation Project: A modern art center in downtown Ankara, Turkey (Honors).