Chicago, IL





b. Florida U.S.A., 1974.

My works investigate the formation and development of cultural identity. I explore how a society draws conclusions from shared experiences. I investigate this formation and development through a variety of topics, such as, the relationship between place, the sense of belonging, and personal narrative, and how they contribute to the ever-shifting ideas of identity, and culture.


Please see ART section of this site for a selected list of works and presentations.



2009 – 2010: COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO - Chicago, IL

Interdisciplinary Arts (MA). Follett Fellowship recipient.


1995 – 1998: BILKENT UNIVERSITY - Ankara, Turkey

Master of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, Department of Graphic Design.

Thesis Title: “The Problems of Visual Representation of Cities in Present Day Turkey.” Merit Scholarship recipient.


1991 – 1995: MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY - Ankara, Turkey

Bachelor of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Industrial Design.

Studied 2 semesters of basic design followed by 6 semesters of industrial design along with complementing technical and cultural courses. Additionally studied land art, ceramics, print making, illustration and model making.



2011- Present Columbia College Chicago - Chicago, IL

Adjunct Faculty, Interactive Arts and Media Department


1995-1998 Middle East Technical University - Ankara, Turkey

Teaching Assistant, Department of Industrial Design



2012 – 2015  Center for Community Arts Partnership (CCAP) - Chicago, IL

Teaching Artist

2013 - 2014  Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE) - Chicago, IL

Teaching Artist

2013  Redmoon Theater Co. - Chicago, IL

Teaching Artist



1995 – present: INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGNER - Chicago, IL

Delivered full residential interior design services to clients, from concept building, design development, space planning to furniture selections and finishing touches. Generated plans, elevations and details; produced architectural detailing (stone, tile, flooring, plumbing etc.), millwork design (cabinetry, trim, molding, doors etc.); conferred with clients, contractors and trades throughout construction process. Collaborated with other interior design firms on various projects.


06/05 – 02/09: RICHAR INTERIORS, Inc. - Chicago, IL

Designer/Project Manager

With a focus on high-end residential clientele, design responsibilities include concept creation, design development, space planning, customer presentations; serve as primary contact on interior architectural design matters; construction documentation generation– general plans along with furniture, electrical, lighting, reflected ceiling, plumbing, floor finish plans (and corresponding elevations), development of related product/material schedules, and ISK’s; AV systems review; custom furniture design; custom millwork design (cabinetry, trim, moldings, doors, etc.)

Project management responsibilities include construction administration and contractor communications; and vendor administration/supervision (pricing, value engineering, detailing, shop-drawing reviews, delivery coordinating and installation inspections).


6/99 – 9/03: SPACES & VIEWS - Chicago, IL

Designer/Project Manager

Assisted clients with space planning of residential spaces; addressed functional and visual components; selection of colors/stains, materials and appliances; generated price estimates; executed contracts and handled payment procedures; coordinated and reviewed product ordering; assisted contractors with installation.



2012: Ragdale Foundation Residency Program, Lake Forest, IL

2009: Galaxie Art Center, Art Jam II Residency, Chicago, IL

1994: PARI EMBALLAGE - Paris, France

International Student Design Competition by French Packaging Counsel