Irem C Yildiz


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2016 - 2018 Parsons the New School for Design, MA in Design Studies

  • Graduated with Departmental Honors

  • Dean's Merit Scholarship

2014 - 2016 Istanbul Technical University, MSc in Architectural Design (completed all coursework.)

2009 - 2014 Istanbul Technical University, BSc in Architecture


01. 2019 - currently TPG Architecture, NYC.

  • Design Strategist: creating strategies that would bridge a business’s goals with the design of the space, conducting research, developing online surveys and interviews, data analysis, creating whitepapers to be published on the company’s website and social media accounts.

05. 2017 - currently Parsons the New School for Design, NYC.

  • Part-time Faculty: leading the Recitation for the Introduction to Design Studies.

  • Research Assistant: co-designed and co-produced the graduate exhibition of MA Design Studies’17.

  • Teaching Assistant: led the Recitation for the Introduction to Design Studies, assisted the Architectural Design Studio 1&2.

07. 2018 - 09.2018 Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, NYC.

  • Freelance Architectural Designer: developed various conceptual design elements for multiple international institutional projects including diagrams, plan layouts, 3d visualization and presentation.

06. 2017 - 05. 2018 Ninetynine Group, NYC.

  •  Designer: designed experiences for various retail environments; conducted user and design research.

 01. 2017 - 05. 2017 Parsons The New School for Design, NYC.

  •  Organization Committee Member and Designer: co-organized the Graduate Student Symposium of the School of Art, Design History and Theory within Parsons Festival’17, designed online and printed materials.

05. 2017 “Community & Solidarity” Design Workshop in collaboration with Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC.

  •  Strategist and Facilitator: co-designed and co-facilitated a design workshop with the purpose of empowering community engagement.

 10. 2014 - 08. 2016 NOW. | Urban Culture & Design, Istanbul.

  • Architect: developed conceptual design projects for various service and entertainment environments including a night club, a coffee shop, a boutique hotel and a barbershop.

  • Project Manager: devised and coordinated creative events in various urban environment settings with a focus of contributing urban culture; designed and executed sponsored events, installations and service products based on briefs from various local and global brands; managed brand relations.

Awards & Publications & Talks & Exhibitions

04. 2019 Competition | Selected as a Finalist in the Students Category at 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards by Fast Company with “The Vacant Store Initiative”

[Forthcoming 2019] Publication |  New School Urban Intelligence, “Auditing Urban Intelligence: Interfacing Place-Based Knowledge”, Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press): contributed with the speculative design project “Memories from the Future: Hudson 2117”.

[Forthcoming 2019] Publication |  “The Vacant Store Initiative: A Model for Alternative Retail Space”, PLOTS Online Journal.

04. 2018 Publication | "A design response to a multi-layered complexity: People’s Palaces", PLOTS Online Journal,

05. 2018 Interview |

05. 2018 Talk | "Deciphering the Dynamics between the Notions of Event, Space and Community in Post-Metropolitan Cities: a Search for Alternative Spatial Practices | Case Study: Vacant Retail Stores on Bleecker Street", Cooper Hewitt Museum, NYC.

05. 2018 Exhibition | "A Spatial System Proposal: The Vacant Store Initiative", Parsons Festival'18, Parsons The New School for Design, NYC.

05. 2017 Talk | "People's Palaces: A Tactical Design Response to a Social Complexity", Graduate Student Symposium of Parsons Festival'17, Parsons The New School for Design, NYC.


Design Research | Critical thinking | Ethnographic Research | Systems thinking | Multi-faceted approach | Design Thinking | Practical problem solving

Spatial planning | Concept Development | Rapid Prototyping | 3D Printing

Mac OSX | Windows | Adobe Creative Suite | AutoCAD | Google Sketchup | Rhino


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