Begüm Yazgan

Founding Partner - Ph. D. Architect

She received her B. Arch degree from the Istanbul Technical University Department of Architecture, in 1995. She worked in private architectural offices on such typologies as shopping centers, residences, banks, hotels, and university buildings in both national and international level from 1995 to 1998. She received her M. Arch degree from the Middle East Technical University Department of Architecture in 1998. She worked as a research assistant in the same department, where she attended the Landscape Design Studio and worked in the Revolving Fund Office from 1998 to 2003. She participated at a fellowship program as a short-time researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, where she gave lectures and attended various courses in 2001. She obtained her PhD. Arch degree from METU Department of Architecture in 2006. Her doctoral dissertation entitled “Post-War Systems Ecology and Environmentally-Appropriate Approaches in Architecture since 1960s” won the “Best Thesis of the Year” award in Middle East Technical University in 2007. Her thesis examines the ways in which "systems approach", which found a place in the science of ecology after the 1960s, affects contemporary discourse and practice on sustainable architecture. She continues to work at her office "Yazgan Design Architecture", which she founded with her husband Kerem Yazgan in 2003. She considers her theoretical background and past academic career to be an integral part of her approach in her professional practices.