Hi! My name is Gizem, I'm a synthetic biologist and architect, and I'm working on building self-constructing architectures by design (from tiny living robots to large-scale inhabitable structures).

My broader research focuses on the top-down design of bottom-up self-organizing systems, in both social and biological contexts. This website documents my work on self-organization by design, starting with human social systems (via urban-scale projects done in architecture school), and continuing with synthetic biological …

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Here, the course of creative production is expressed through its main 'pillars,' in a relatively chronological order to enable the viewer to navigate through the products easily. At this point, it is important to clarify that this representation owes its structure to purely practical reasons; it does not reflect my methodology of design. I do not embrace a chain model which requires the designer to follow certain steps and straight reasoning in order to reach the 'final' design. I believe it is more important to pursue a parallel approach, which enables designer to investigate the design problem across various scales simultaneously.