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, Journal of Interior Design, Journal of Design History, 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. 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's), and Seminar (master's) courses. She began working at Izmir University of Economics in 2006 as an Asst. Professor, and became Professor in 2019. She is the coordinator of the second year Design Studio and teaches the PhD courses, Integrated Design Approaches and Environment-Behavior Research. Her research fields include, history of interior design, modern interior design, Turkish modern furniture, and environment-behavior studies. She has given several lectures on history of modern interiors in Turkey and Turkish modern furniture at universities and conferences.
She was the head of the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at İzmir University of Economics, between 2010-2017, where she continues to work. She is one of the two project coordinators of the DATUMM: Documenting and Archiving - Turkish Modern Furniture (datumm.org) project. Through DATUMM, it was possible to create a documentary, a digital working archive, a book in both English and Turkish, a large-scale colloquium with designers, and a large-scale exhibition of modern furniture. She is also one of the founding members of the Docomomo-Turkey, Interior Design Committee (est. 2019), along with Asst. Prof. Dr. Umut Şumnu and Asst. Prof. Dr. Zeynep Tuna Ultav. She is the leader of a scientific research project that focuses on contributing to the interior design history of Turkey, by highlighting three prominent designers, by oral history. The vast amount of interviews will be collected and presented as a documentary, and three books and articles will be other outputs of the project.
She is also a member of The Fulbright Alumni, Chamber of Interior Architects of Turkey, EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association), 4T (Turkish Design History Society), TAPLAK Design and Planning Accrediting Association, Bilkent University Alumni, and has been chosen committee member of Docomomo ISC-ID International Specialization Comittee-Interior Design in 2021. She has two children.