HAKKIMDA

Web links
• Kafam karışık değil //I am not confused (blog in Turkish, philosophy / theory, 2009 - ...) http://kafamkarisikdegil.blogspot.com.tr/
• Bir takım şeylerin kenarlarında //off-center (portfolio blog, architectural and graphic design works, 2009 - ...) http://kenarlar.blogspot.com.tr/
• Kişisel araştırma tarihim //my personal research history (blog, mostly in Turkish, 2009-16) http://arastirmagunlugu.blogspot.com.tr/
• KYNIK (journal in Turkish, philosophy / literature, 2003-15) https://sites.google.com/site/kynikkynik/home

Recent design studios:

https://utopyanintersi.wordpress.com/
https://canlistudio.wordpress.com/
https://kentingirdaplari.blogspot.com.tr/
https://azbulutluveacikstudyo.blogspot.com.tr/

Short bio.
Nizam Onur Sönmez (PhD) is a researcher, writer, architect, and design educator. He was born and raised in Turkey, and graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) as an architect in 2001. Between 2001 and 2004, he studied at the same institution for his MSc thesis, titled “The Situationists, An Architecture for Opposition”, where he focused on the history and the theoretical oeuvre of the Situationist International and Constant’s utopian project, The New Babylon, as a juncture of post-war utopian architecture, the artistic avant-garde, and radical politics. Since 2004, he has been employed at the ITU Faculty of Architecture, where he works as a lecturer, design tutor, and researcher. His PhD research, which was completed in 2015, jointly at ITU and TU Delft, involved the development of Artificial Intelligence applications for architectural design (“Evolutionary Design Assistants for Architecture” <http://journals.library.tudelft.nl/index.php/faculty-architecture/article/download/sonmez/pdf_sonmez>). He has published academic papers on computational design, design theory and education, design research and methodology, and radical and utopian architecture.

He has been disseminating his non-academic writings through fanzines. These texts mostly develop as literary experiments around a series of philosophical, theoretical, or political themes. Between 2003 and 2015, he was a designer, editor, and author of the aperiodic philosophy journal KYNIK (https://sites.google.com/site/kynikkynik/home - in Turkish). He has also been an active blogger since 2009 (kenarlar.blogspot.com.tr, arastirmagunlugu.blogspot.com.tr, kafamkarisikdegil.blogspot.com.tr – mostly in Turkish).

His academic research focuses on the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques for developing computational design tools. For this aim he investigates the design process and the knowledge embedded within existing design examples. He also explores architecture theory, for establishing bridges between such computational research, design practice, and education. Particularly, he focuses on the interpretation of existing architectural examples as sources of architectural knowledge, through the very ‘concepts’ (categories, classes) of architecture (e.g. schemas, types, styles, etc.).
As third and fourth lines of research, he investigates recent architectural issues through both design practice and in educational settings, i.e., in design studios and workshops. As a designer, he works at the crossover between theory, narratives, graphics, and architecture. His design studies, on one side, develop as research projects that investigate theoretical and/or technical aspects of architectural problems, and on another side, aim at the development of speculative, critical, or sometimes subversive narrative attitudes and designer personae. His recent research interests involve an investigation of how to re-interpret various interactions between natural and artificial systems; from the microscopic el

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  • 16. Venedik Bienali Mimarlık Sergisi Türkiye Pavyonu için iki aşamalı açık çağrı
    Istanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfı, Sivil Toplum Kuruluşu, 2017
    Nizam Onur Sönmez Ödül Diğer
  • Sivas Kızılırmak Köprüsü Ulusal Mimari Proje Yarışması Eşdeğer Satınalma
    MAHALLİ İDARELER, Kamu, 2016
    Nizam Onur Sönmez Ödül Proje Ödülü
  • Altın Çekül Ödül Tasarım Yarışması, Jüri Özel Ödülü
    Yapı Endüstri Merkezi, Ticari (Özel), 2004
    Nizam Onur Sönmez Ödül Proje Ödülü
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    DOKTOR ÖĞRETİM ÜYESİİSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİMİMARLIK BÖLÜMÜ2018 / -
  • 2004
    DoktoraİSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİMİMARİ TASARIM (DR)2004 / 2015
  • 2004
    ARAŞTIRMA GÖREVLİSİİSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİMİMARLIK BÖLÜMÜ2004 / 2018
  • 2001
    Yüksek LisansİSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİMİMARLIK BÖLÜMÜ2001 / 2004
  • 1996
    LisansİSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ1996 / 2001