Born in Reading-England, she graduated from the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at Bilkent University in 1997. She worked in various architectural firms after graduation, and received her master’s degree in 2000, and PhD in 2005 from Bilkent University.
As a Fulbright scholar, between 2001 and 2002, she worked with Prof. Henry Sanoff on the topics of “learning environments” at North Carolina State University. Her articles have been published in such academic journals as, The Journal of Creative Behavior, Creativity Research Journal, Journal of Academic Librarianship, METU Journal, Procedia – Social And Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Children, Youth and Environments, Arkitekt and Popüler Bilim; and also in literature and film periodicals such as, Geceyarısı Sineması, Düşe-Yazma, Patika, and Koridor. She is on the editorial board of Koridor where she continues to write as well as illustrate.
Between 2005-2008, she worked on a World Bank (program for social progress) funded project named, “Child Attraction Center” with colleagues from Bilkent University. She does consulting work for schools, children’s museums and other environments, and works with children as the potential users to the decision-making and design processes. She has also established a working group of undergraduate design students who regularly meet to discuss participatory work with children, and work on projects related to children’s environments. Up until this point in her career, she has taught Basic Design, Art and Design Studio, Human Factors, Drawing and Representation, History of Art and Design, Project Preparation Techniques, Model Making, Applied Workshop in IAED, Graduation Thesis, Environmental Psychology, Design Semiotics, Individual Study (master&039;s), and Seminar (master&039;s) courses. She began working at Izmir University of Economics in 2006 as an Asst. Professor, and became Assoc. Professor in 2013. She is the coordinator of the second year Design Studio I and II, and teaches the PhD course, Environment-Behavior Research.
She is the facilitator of the IAED Research Hub -the department research group- and the coordinator of the Children&039;s Environments Initiative in which she conducts regular projects with designers and children. She is also a member of The Chamber of Interior Architects of Turkey, the Head of the Izmir Branch of Fulbright Alumni Society in Turkey, and EDRA. She has two children.