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Benay Gürsoy Toykoç
Visiting Assistant Professor
Benay Gürsoy Toykoç
Department of Architecture
230 Stuckeman
814.863.7558

Benay Gürsoy Toykoç is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research and teaching focus on computational making and material computation, craft theory, shape studies, basic design education, and cognitive studies of the design process. She has published and presented her research internationally and received awards in international conferences.

Gürsoy Toykoç has lectured and taught workshops in several universities in Turkey. Since 2010, she has been teaching first year design studios, geometry and design computing courses at Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Architecture. She has also instituted undergraduate level elective courses including a course on “hacking materials and production methods”.

Gürsoy Toykoç has completed her PhD studies in Architectural Design Computing Program at Istanbul Technical University (2016). Her PhD thesis focuses on understanding how material manipulation in design can become an integral part of the computational design process.

Education

  • PhD – Architectural Design Computing, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016
  • M.Arch – Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2010
  • B.Arch – Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2007

Research

Gürsoy Toykoç's research and teaching focus on computational making and material computation, craft theory, shape studies, basic design education, and cognitive studies of the design process.

GRANTS

2015: “Visualizing Making in Design”, Istanbul Technical University – Coordinatorship of Scientific Research Projects, (with Mine Özkar).

Honors + Awards

  • CAAD Futures 2015: Best Paper Award (co-writers: Iestyn Jowers, Mine Özkar)
  • CAADRIA 2010: Young CAADRIA Award
  • TUBITAK, 2010–15: National Scholarship Program for PhD Students
  • TUBITAK, 2007–09: National Scholarship Program for MSc Students 

Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Gürsoy, B., Özkar, M. (2015). Visualizing Making: Shapes, Materials and Actions. Design Studies (41), pp.29-50.
  • Gürsoy, B., Özkar, M. (2015). Schematizing Basic Design in Ilhan Koman’s “Embryonic” Approach. Nexus Network Journal 17(3), 981-1005.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Gürsoy, B., Jowers, I., Özkar, M. (2015). Formal Descriptions of Material Manipulations: An Exploration with Cuts and Shadows, in The Next City: New Technologies and the Future of the Built Environment (eds: Celani, G., Sperling, D.M., Franco, J.M.S.). Berlin: Springer, pp. 439-457.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • Gürsoy, B. (2016). Why is Making Important for the Culture of Design?, in Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing 21st International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2016), pp. 851-861.
  • Gürsoy, B. (2012). The Hands-on Basics of Contemporary Design Education, eCAADe 30 Conference Proceedings Vol.2. pp. 59-99.
  • Gürsoy, B., Özkar, M. (2010). Is Model-Making Sketching in Design?, DRS 2010 Conference Proceedings.Montreal.

CV + Files + Links

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Close view of complex wooden framework
Series of abstract, architectural lanterns
Series of mesh forms
Image of 'hack stamp' machine, looks like a metal box with an opening door
Twisted block-shaped 3d-printed ceramic sculpture