Elif Erdine

AA Istanbul VS 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.


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.


Aslı Aydın

Aslı is currently a PhD student at Istanbul Technical University, Architectural Design Computing Program, and a research assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her research focuses on design education, design computation, digital tools and fabrication. She received BArch degree from Middle East Technical University in 2008 with high honors and MAA degree from IaaC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya) in 2009. She holds MSc degree from Istanbul Technical University, Architectural Design Computing Program, with her thesis written under the advisory of Mine Özkar titled “Material Computability of Becoming Forms” (2014).


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.


Yıldırım Erbaz

Yıldırım Erbaz is a senior student at the Istanbul Bilgi University and currently taking up a Bachelor’s degree in architecture. He finished his primary education at the Bilkent High School, Ankara as salutatorian. He also attended previous AAVS workshops (Cellular Re-Visions, Tectonic Symbiosis) Yıldırım is also passionate about drawing as a creative act. He is doing research on drawing and drawing construction methodologies. He is an architectural and urban designer who really likes cheesecake. And he tries to be a ‘creative cynic’ as much as one can.


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.


İlayda Keskinaslan

İlayda Keskinaslan is a senior student at the faculty of architecture, at Istanbul Bilgi University. She completed her primary education in MEV College, Izmir. She also attended the previous AAVS workshop, Robotic Mediations. As an architectural research form she embraces observing people’s daily lives and tries to produce representations of it.


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.


Milad Showkatbakhsh

Milad is a 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 was project lead at Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP) in Shanghai office where he led several architectural projects across a range of scales. His current research focuses on the application of homeostatic principles in biology within architectural design processes and correlation of such principles with evolutionary development and morphogenesis of species. Milad is the co-author of ‘Wallacei’, an analytic engine that aims to highlight the significance of gaining a detailed and comprehensive understanding of empirical data outputted through the application of multi-objective evolutionary algorithms in design.


Benay Gürsoy

Benay Gürsoy is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Penn State University since August 2016. Her research and teaching focus is on computational making, digital fabrication, craft theory, shape studies, basic design education, and cognitive studies of the design process. From 2010 to 2016, Benay has taught first year design studios, geometry and design computing courses at Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Architecture. She has completed her PhD studies in Architectural Design Computing Program at Istanbul Technical University (2016). Her PhD dissertation is on understanding how material manipulation in design can become an integral part of the computational design process.