Asena Gurmeric

Asena Gurmeric

New York, NY, US



Detail oriented designer experienced in the fields of interior, architectural and urban design with special interest in commercial interiors. Stands out with excellent communication, organization, presentation, critical thinking and technical skills, and thirst for knowledge. Looking for a positive, active work environment which dwells in various aspects and stages of design to gain further experience into project management.



Pratt Institute, New York, NY, US, Graduate Assistant

Responsible for assisting the Dean with paperwork, weekly meetings, keeping track of part-time faculty paychecks, help with organization of various events taking place at Pratt.

Sep 2015 - Jun 2016

TAK Kartal, Istanbul, TR, Team Leader

Leader of team of five, supervising the planning and organization process of various events taking place for implementation of design and built environment related outreach programs, competitions, lectures, workshops and research projects.

-Establishing effective communication with various program and project collaborators, cooperating with local community groups and governmental institutions.

-Assistance in and supervision of all aspects of architectural competitions such as briefs, PR, website design, graphics, production of various publications, design and fabrication of awards, public events and programs.

-Solely responsible for the design and production of mobile workshop and event space. Design, detailing and on site fabrication supervision of minibus adapted into multifunctional mobile event space.

Sep 2014 - Jun 2015

Demirden Design, Istanbul, TR, Interior Architect

Collaborating designer and small scale project manager of several international exhibition stand designs, event space designs and commercial interiors for major international Turkish companies including Turkcell, Pasabahce and Kale Seramik.

-Development and delivery of interior design schemes within budget, time and technical specifications, individually and as part of a team. Presentation of ideas to clients, attending meetings.

-Production and revision of floor plans, wall plans, shop drawings and custom detailings followed by frequent visits to fabrication facilities to ensure end product quality and precision.

-Small scale project management (time management, procurement, communication between collaborators, purchasing, budget and open items control etc) of 6 exhibition stands ranging from 400 sqf to 2000 sqf in several different countries (Singapore, Russia, United States, Spain, Turkey). Supervision of on-site production, sequencing and budget control while solving on site design and construction related problems.

-Managing, solving arising conflicts and responding to RFIs in several ongoing projects at different phases.

Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

-trak design, Istanbul, TR, Architect

Collaborating design architect and architect on record of award winning proposal for a 130,000m2 urban renewal project, in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey. Hired by the municipal government of Gaziantep for design development and preparation of construction documents.

-Production of construction documents for urban renewal project. Preparation of meeting presentations and project proposals to government officials.

-Reviewing and improving subcontractor shop drawings. Design coordination with structural engineer, surveyors, construction and production teams.

-Preparation of schematic design proposals for architectural competitions.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013

Starbucks Coffee Company, Istanbul, TR, Freelance Interior Designer

Interior designer individually commissioned for design of two Starbucks concepts stores, Bebek and Bilgi University Starbucks in Istanbul as 1st prize winner of competition.

-Preparation of outdoor and interior schematic designs, determining materials, furniture and vegetation to be used in implementation of design.

Mar 2012 - Sep 2012

Erginoglu & Çalışlar Architects, Istanbul, TR, Intern Architect

Onsite interior construction supervision of the headquarters, one of the largest online vendors in Turkey.

-Supervising subcontractors, checking compliance with design drawings, quality control of installation and inventory, surveying, solving onsite design problems, reporting to the architect on record.

Oct 2011 - Mar 2012


Pratt Institute, New York, NY, US, Masters, MSc Architecture and Urban Design

Jun 2015 - May 2016

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, TR, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2006 - Jun 2012

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Bachelors, Interior Architecture

Sep 2006 - Jun 2012

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, ES, Architecture

Continued Architecture studies in Valencia Spain for 1 year as part of Erasmus Program.

Sep 2010 - Jun 2011


Graduate Fellowship, Scholarship


Eskişehir Vehicle Maintenance Workshop Industrial Regeneration: Multi-City, Honorable Mention


Starbucks Outdoor Design Competition, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization