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Engin Ayaz

Transdisciplinary Designer and Strategist with a background in architecture, systems thinking, and interaction design. Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ATÖLYE. 

As Co-founder and Co-CEO of ATÖLYE, a community-powered, impact-driven design consultancy, Engin focuses on leading a diverse team around interscalar strategy and design projects while honing the organization’s shared culture.

Engin worked as a Sustainable Design Consultant in the European and US offices of ARUP after receiving a dual degree in Architectural Design and Engineering from Stanford University.

In 2013, Engin received his Masters in Interactive Design and Media Arts from Tisch School of Arts, New York University. Following his ITP thesis on collaborative creative spaces, he co-founded ATÖLYE, an Istanbul, Dubai, and London-based design and innovation studio.

Engin is passionate about systemic and community-powered change. He is excited about the evolution of learning and working environments, physical-digital experiences, organizational cultures, urban prototyping, humane technologies, platform business models and climate resilience.

Engin has also taught a range of courses pertaining to architecture, urbanism and systems design at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, United Nations Staff College, and Istanbul Bilgi University.

His work has been exhibited worldwide and received awards from Core77, Architizer, Arkitera, World Architecture Community, and Good Magazine, among others. He has also presented in various conferences globally, including two TEDx sessions.

Alongside ATÖLYE, Engin is focusing on building community-powered systems within the kyu Collective as a Director and serves on the Board of IDEO.org.

Engin enjoys spending time in the great outdoors in his spare time, searching for a “state of flow” whatever he is immersed in.