Hi! My name is Gizem, I'm a synthetic biologist and architect, focusing on self-organization by design in both social and biological systems. 

After having explored the top-down design of bottom-up self-organizing dynamics in human social systems (in architecture school, through projects at the human & urban scales), I have now in grad school been focusing on top-down design of bottom-up self-organization in synthetic biological systems …

click for more


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.