Aysu Yilmaz

Aysu Yilmaz

London, GB



Eight years ago I started my journey in Istanbul,Turkey--a convergence of Eastern and Western cultures across two continents. I grew up in this city being fascinated with the harmony between wooden construc- tions and the Bosphorus, and with stone buildings and their adornments. No wonder I wanted to become an architect.

My undergraduate years taught me to interpret architecture in different ways. I also understood that there are no boundaries in design and that the only boundary is the human imagination. Ever curious to read and see more, I started studying Sociology. This enabled me to better understand social affairs and to apply this understanding to my designs. because every community has a different way of life. Then, my interest in the real life application of abstract ideas led me to begin studying Business Administration. I am confident that one day these different aspects of my academic formation will all come together and materialize through my designs. Now, I am an architectural designer at Secretcape London and working like a freelancer/contractor.

In my journey as a practitioner, I first started studying the buildings belonging to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communications. I then improved on this knowledge during my internship at Tabanlioglu Architects and made models by using 3D printers. I started to work as a profes- sional architect at Teget Architecture. I used various modeling techniques such as digital, visuals, and laser cutting. I then became responsible for computer rendering at this company. I also had hands-on experience of construction with the Yalı Atakoy Project. I helped Teget design set up their pavilion as part of the 2016 Venice Biennale, which represented Turkey in this event. I especially helped with the bespoke Biennial bag that was designed and manufactured as part of the Turkish Pavilion. I continued to work with Huner Aldemir, the studio that produces these bags under the new brand name of Hu:ner.

In August 2016, I attended a summer studio and a portfolio workshop at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. This helped me get to know various people coming from different parts of the world and different walks of life. The cultural awareness that resulted from this experience has enriched my approach to design and ar- chitecture.We should experience architecture not only at schools but also in every part of our lives. With this aim, I work as an in Turkey Chamber of Engineers and Architects Student Representative as well as Marmara region Representative. My goal is to show all of our works in and out of the school to everyone and to create a collective atmosphere catered to the organization of studio events, sketch days, movie days about architec- ture. We invite very successful architects and get information from them. I represent my own school in the European Youth Association.



Secretcape ltd, London, GB, Architectural Designer

Sep 2019 - current

Tabanlıoğlu Architects, Istanbul, TR, Architect

Oct 2017 - Jul 2019


University College London (UCL), London, GB, MArch, March Design for Manufacture

Jun 2021 - current

Beykent University, Istanbul, TR, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2013 - May 2017

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