Gökçe Saygın Batista

Gökçe Saygın Batista

Brooklyn, NY, US



Gokce received her BA in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from Istanbul Technical University. During her professional career in Turkey, Gokce worked on several major design projects of different scales including the historic preservation projects in Bozcaada. Gokce also travelled all over Turkey and completed a major research project about the drawbacks and effects of hydroelectric power on the local people and their environment. During that time she observed kids playing in the natural environment and it gave her an idea. In 2010 She founded arKiDect, Design Factory for Kids where kids discover and learn about architecture. In 2011 Gokce relocated to NYC to further her education in Green Construction Technology at New York University. She recently received The U.S. Green Building Council award for her work on hurricane proof design in Breezy Point, NYC. Currently Gokce works on LEED projects and teaches architecture to kids in NYC.


Sep 2017 - current

arKiDect, School of Architecture for Kids, Brooklyn, NY, US, Founder

Jan 2010 - current

Falcon Group, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

As a Project Manager Gokce is responsible for landscape design, sustainable urban design, green roof installation and roof deck design.

Jan 2016 - Sep 2017


Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2004 - Jan 2010

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, BArch, Landscape Architecture

Jan 2003 - Jan 2008

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