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Benay Gürsoy Toykoç
Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture
220 Stuckeman
814.865.1366

Benay Gürsoy Toykoç is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research and teaching focus on computational making, digital fabrication, 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.

From 2010 to 2016, Benay has taught first year design studios, geometry and design computing courses at Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Architecture. She has instituted undergraduate level elective courses including a course on “hacking materials and production methods”. She has also lectured and taught workshops in several universities in Turkey, including AA Istanbul Visiting Schools. 

Benay 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. Her PhD dissertation received the "Best PhD Dissertation Award" from Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology for the graduating students of year 2016.

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, digital fabrication, craft theory, shape studies, basic design education, and cognitive studies of the design process.

GRANTS

  • 2016: "Digital Fabrication Tools Informing Design Ideation: Studies in 3D Printing with Clay", Penn State University - SCDC Research Grants
  • 2016: "Light It Up!", Penn State University - SCDC Research Grants
  • 2015 - 2016: “Visualizing Making in Design”, Istanbul Technical University – Coordinatorship of Scientific Research Projects, (with Mine Özkar).

Honors + Awards

  • Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology, June 2017: Best PhD Dissertation Award
  • 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
  • Middle East Technical University, 2007: Ranked first in her graduating class in the Department of Architecture  

Exhibitions + Presentations

PRESENTATIONS

  • NCBDS 2018, March 1-3, 2018, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati – USA
    "Learning to Compute in Design by Making Geometry"
  • CAAD Futures 2017, July 12-14, 2017Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul - Turkey
    "Computing Stitches and Crocheting Geometry" (co writers: Özgüç B. Çapunaman, C. Koray Bingöl)
  • CAADRIA 2016, March 30-April 2, 2016, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne - Australia
    "Why is Making Important for the Culture of Design?"
  • CAAD Futures 2015, 6-10 July, 2015, Unicamp, Sao Paulo-Brasil
    "Formal Descriptions of Material Manipulations" (co writers: Iestyn Jowers, Mine Özkar)
  • Nexus 2014, June 9-12, 2014, Middle East Technical University, Ankara - Turkey
    "Schematizing Basic Design in Ilhan Koman’s ‘Embryonic’ Approach"
  • eCAADe 2012, September 12-14, 2012, Czech Technical University, Prague - Czech Republic
    "The Hands-on Basics of Contemporary Design Education"
  • DRS 2010, July 7-9, 2010, Université de Montreal, Montreal - Canada
    "Is Model-Making Sketching in Design?"
  • CAADRIA 2010, April 7-10, 2010, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 

EXHIBITIONS

  • Dreams to Realities: Projections on Education –  Vitra Contemporary Architecture Series III
    March 13- June 1, 2014 -- Istanbul Modern, Istanbul - Turkey (curator: Şebnem Yalınay Çinici)
  • Archizines World Tour Exhibition Design
    November 1-24, 2013 -- It’s Open, Istanbul - Turkey

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

  • Çapunaman, Ö., Bingöl, C.K., Gürsoy, B. (2017). Computing Stitches and Crocheting Geometry, in Computer-Aided Architectural Design: Future Trajectories (eds: Cagdas G., Ozkar M., Gul L., Gurer E.). Singapore: Springer, pp. 289-305. 
  • 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

  • Vazquez, E., Diarte, J., Gürsoy, B. (2018). Bridging Parametric Design and Craftsmanship: Materializing the Digital Parametric Brick Wall with Low-tech Construction Techniques, in Learning, Prototyping and Adapting: Short paper Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2018), pp. 3-8.
  • 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.

Built Works

WORKSHOPS

  • Robotic Mediations – AA Istanbul Visiting School, June 28-July 07, 2017
    Istanbul Bilgi University  + Architectural Association, Istanbul - Turkey
    http://ai.aaschool.ac.uk/istanbul/2017-all
  • Parabrick, May 16-20, 2017
    Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Asuncion - Paraguay
    https://parabrick.wixsite.com/workshop/home
  • Light It Up!, January 19-22, 2017
    Penn State University, State College - USA
    http://materialsandmethods.wixsite.com/lightitup
  • Tectonic Symbiosis – AA Istanbul Visiting School, June 13-22, 2016
    Istanbul Bilgi University  + Architectural Association, Istanbul - Turkey
    http://ai.aaschool.ac.uk/istanbul/2016-all
  • Cellular Revisions – AA Istanbul Visiting School, June 15-24, 2015
    Istanbul Bilgi University  + Architectural Association, Istanbul - Turkey
    http://ai.aaschool.ac.uk/istanbul/2015-all
  • Electroknit – Design and Process Workshops, November 5-6, 2014
    Istanbul Bilgi University + Design Foundation, Istanbul - Turkey
  • Knitting, Cutting and Material Computing, September 17-19, 2014
    Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul - Turkey
    http://materialcomputing.wixsite.com/knittingcutting
  • Inertia – Vernal Workshops 2014, April 19-23, 2014
    Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul - Turkey
  • Ilhan Koman ∞-1, October 26-27, 2014
    Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul - Turkey
  • Cut & Fold, November 20-22, 2013
    Izmir Yasar University, Izmir - Turkey
  • Scripting Ilhan Koman – Muses of Art and Science, September 27-29, 2012
    Izmir University of Economics, Izmir - Turkey 
  • Wisdom Book – Vernal Workshops 2012,  April 4-8, 2012
    Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul - Turkey
    http://vimeo.com/42255661 and http://vimeo.com/41476855

CV + Files + Links

Close view of complex wooden framework
Series of abstract, architectural lanterns
Several installations
Series of mesh forms