Elif Erdine

Programme Head

Architect, designer, and researcher. Currently, she is acting as the Studio Master at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Programme. She is the Programme Director of AA DLAB Visiting School and AA Istanbul Visiting School. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects during 2006 – 2010. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction). Her projects have been printed widely in international and national architecture publications. Her research interests include the role of the individual building within complex urban systems, and the exploration of various flows in the urban environment as design drivers, and biomimicry.

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Milad Showkatbakhsh

Programme Head

Doctoral candidate at Architectural Association researching under the directorship of Dr. Michael Weinstock. He holds BSc. Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, and M.Arch. from Pratt Institute where he graduated with Sidney Katz award for design excellence in 2015. Milad has worked for several architecture and design firms in Asia, U.S.A and Europe such as Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP) in Shanghai office where he led several architectural projects across a range of scales. Alongside practicing, he has been a fellow researcher in different computer-aided design research projects which were culminated as published papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, posters and robotically fabricated installations. Milad has been actively teaching in academia in graduate and postgraduate courses and international architectural and computational workshops. Milad is the co-founder of ‘Wallacei’, an evolutionary and analytic engine that gives users full control over their evolutionary simulations in Grasshopper 3D.


Şebnem Yalınay Çinici

Istanbul Bilgi University Head of Architecture Department - Bilgi Coordinator

Architect. Graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1989, completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at the same university. Completed her postdoctoral project at Columbia Universtiy, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, with her consultant Kenneth Frampton in 2001. She worked as an academician between 1992 and 2006 at Architecture Department of Middle East Technical University and then between 2006 and 2011at Yıldız Technical University. Since 2011 she works as an academician at İstanbul Bilgi University and she is also Head of Architecture Department of the same institution since 2012.


Cemal Koray Bingöl


Cemal Koray Bingöl is an Istanbul-based researcher who focuses on computational design technologies through urban data, computer sciences and robotics. He finished his study at Computer-Aided Architectural Design Master’s Programme at Yildiz Technical University after he got his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Istanbul Technical University. His research subject in his master’s thesis is simulating urban sprawl through computational models, which he went on an exchange program to TU Eindhoven to study urban design for 6 months. He has been teaching at Istanbul Bilgi University since 2013 and giving lectures in various universities on ‘computational design’. Meanwhile, he has been collaborating with various design offices, academics and institutes under Epitome {collaborative network} and Bits’n Bricks.


Özgüç Bertuğ Çapunaman


PhD. Student at Penn State University, Design Computing cluster. His research focuses on digital fabrication, programmable composites, computational making and tool development. Previously, Özgüç received MS in Computational Design degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2019, and a BS in Industrial Design degree from Istanbul Bilgi University with high honors in 2016. His recent MS thesis titled “CAM as a Tool for Creative Expression: Informing Digital Fabrication through Human Interaction” explores human agency in digital design-fabrication workflows.


Gamze Gündüz


Gamze Gündüz is an architect, graduated from Yildiz Technical University, Department of Architecture in 2010. After working in several design studios she continued her education and earned a M.Arch degree from the Digital Tectonics Studio of IaaC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia), where she also attended the Open Thesis Fabrication Program. Right now she is working as a Lecturer in Bilgi University while pursuing a PhD degree in Istanbul Technical University, Computational Design Program. Being one of the co-founders of Epitome {Collaborative Network} a design and research platform, her research interests lay between generative algorithms, composite material studies and digital fabrication.


Alvaro Lopez Rodriguez


Alvaro Lopez Rodriguez is a Spanish architect, holding an M.Arch from the European University of Madrid and a B.Pro M.Arch in Architectural Design (M.Arch AD) from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Prior to moving to London, Alvaro has worked with R&A and ALF Arquitectos in Madrid. He has a wide experience in digital manufacturing, working for the B-made at the Bartlett School of Architecture in the Digital Manufacturing department and with some collaboration with different projects like the Swiss pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2016, or the Digital Grotesque for the Pompidou Center. Currently is combining the digital fabrication lab at the Architectural Association, with several research projects in digital and robotic fabrication.


Ilkan Cemre Acar


Born in 1994 in Antalya, Turkey. Cemre is a senior student at Istanbul Bilgi University Department of Interior Design with a double-major program with Architecture. Since childhood, she continued to observe different medias and tools, ending up with architecture as a branch where she can discover the reflections of environmental relations as much as the relations between space and time. She is the co-founder as a student of Make@Bilgi and worked as a lab assistant for architectural production techniques until 2019. She participated in various workshops and also attended previous AAVS workshops (Cellular Re-Visions(2015), Tectonic Symbiosis(2016),Robotic Mediations(2017)). She aims to be part of projects where she can touch the lives of things.


Foad Sarsangi


Foad Sarsangi recently graduated in the field of Architecture from Istanbul Bilgi University. He finished his primary education in Birmingham,United Kingdom and Tehran,Iran. He also attended the AA visiting school Istanbul in 2016 ( Tectonic Symbiosis ). He is the co-founder of “minusone studio”, an Architecture and Design collective. Foad believes that the design process should be as playful as it is thoughtful and he is interested in the stories that emerge from spatial explorations.