Sibel Konu

Sibel Konu

Santiago, CL



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Sibel Konu is a registered architect in Turkey with 12-years of experience. She has recently terminated her 9-year-long career as a design manager in ONCUOGLU + ACP  and moved to Santiago, Chile. She is currently practicing as a freelance designer while looking for work opportunities in Chile.

She worked in a broad range of international projects especially in Russian and Middle Eastern Market predominantly on large scale hospitality, mixed-use, commercial, retail and residential types. She began her career with working drawings / documentation and promoted up to project management, however, due to the excellency of the design works she undertook, later on she has passed into conceptual design department for a career direction more based on design. With more responsibilities by time, she managed an abundant conceptual design projects, and lead the designs of various projects. Before her relocation to Chile, she was responsible for leading all the design matters of Dubai projects of the company in DubaiShe has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Middle East Technical University which is ranked among the top 100 universities announced by Times Higher Education (THE).

In addition to her career in architectural practice, as complementary, she is highly interested in other means of visual and cultural studies. She received her masters of arts degree in Graphic Design with an interdisciplinary thesis as a correlation of space, new media and graphic communication. She believes in the undeniable good role of balance in living practice and she tries to apply to her life. She likes drawing/painting, traveling and argentinean tango. She is also a professional tango instructor since she received the second placement in the 4th USA Argentine Tango Championship Salon Category in July 2010, in NYC.

She aims taking part in improving the quality of lived space for rising self-esteem of the users in addition to usability value. She tries to bridge different disciplines and perspectives together by turning serious thought towards ideal design. 

She is looking for a position with increasing responsibilies that covers all aspects and phases of an architectural production with diverse duties, in order to learn and experience the architectural practice in Chile, preferably with a facility to follow up till the end of construction. She prefers taking part in an analytical and systematical workflow, ideally in a design process through a comprehensive design reseach.



Freelancer, Santiago, CL, Freelance Architect / Designer

Various Corporate Designs, Corporate Identity Constructions and Branding
>> La Casa Del Romero, Boutique, Terapias y Talleres, ViñaDel Mar, Chile -> Logo, business card, flyer and facade advertisement panel designs (applied)
Conceptual design services for architectural projects

May 2014 - current


* Directed the design matters of Dubai projects of Oncuoglu + ACP in partnership with Kaya PMC. Served as the design responsible of all the 3 concurrent projects in Dubai; 10 storey luxury residential w/ Gross Building Area (GBA) 15.000m2 and 9 storey serviced apartments w/ GBA 13.000m2 on Palm Jumeirah, 28 storey tower hotel apartments w/GBA 73.370m2 in Oldtown Burj Khalifa disrict. Proposed design of the tower is accepted as it is.
* All design management in Dubai Office and design coordination between Ankara head Office, Dubai branch and the client, as well as international subcontractors.

Sep 2013 - May 2014


* Project management of Irkutsk Fortune City Mall, Russia w/ GBA 235.000m2 from ideation to frozen architecture and coordinated the project between Moscow, New York, Ankara and Istanbul offices as well as the engineer and subcontractors.
* Worked with and assisted Lead Architect Mark Edwin Jenkins during the design phase and accompanied him in all related international meetings and fairs such as Mapic with the client.
* Built up the project partially in Revit BIM platform.
* Prepared the set of the building envelope system design and solutions. Facade systems and detailing solutions coordinated between facade consultants.

May 2012 - Sep 2013

ONCUOGLU + ACP, Ankara, TR, Senior Architect & Design Manager

* Served as lead designer and conceptual design manager with full responsibilities for all conceptual ideation, planning, 3D mass and facade designs, 3D visualization management, presentations and coordinations in various projects including mixed-use, hospitality, office, residential and retail typologies, ranging in size from 25,000m2 -200,000m2.
* Conduct several concurrent conceptual projects alone, created the concept and presented to the company board members. Lead design teams consist of 2-3 architects, reported directly to Enis Oncuoglu, Vice President.
* Completed more than 20 conceptual projects of international developers in Russia, Kazakhstan, Iraq and Turkey.

Projects include:
>> DPC Tower, Istanbul, Turkey, 59450m2, commercial
>> Landscape of Officepark Nurol Istanbul, Turkey, 55268m2 (land area) mixed use
>> E10 Nurol Ankara, Turkey, 122172m2, mixed use
>> Basra Sports Halls, Iraq, 31500m2, public
>> Nurol Ankara Tower, Turkey, 12787m2, commercial
>> GOP Boutique Hotel, Ankara, Turkey, 7500m2, hospitality
>> Sinpas Foracity, Istanbul, Turkey, 324000m2, mixed use
>> Sinpas Atasehir Residences, Istanbul, Turkey, 400000m2, residential
>> Sinpas Buyukesat Residences, Ankara, Turkey, 80000m2, residential
>> Septemcity Quarter, St. Petersburg, Russia, 450000m2, mixed use
>> Facade concept of Bodrum Midtown, Turkey, 57000m2, retail
>> Anapa Resort Hotel, Russia, 25890m2, hospitality
>> Ankara DP Office Tower, Turkey, 62292m2, commercial
>> Electropark Office Tower, Istanbul, Turkey, 208500m2, commercial & retail

Nov 2010 - Sep 2013

ONCUOGLU + ACP, Ankara, TR, Architect & Design Job Captain

* Specialized in conceptual design, schematic strategic planning, facade design and manipulations including computer generated 3D building modeling in Sketch Up and Archicad, project presentation and design analysis.
* Contributed in designs, coordinations and presentations of around 30 various type of projects ranging in size from 1,500 m2 - 550,000 m2. Lead 3D rendering subcontractors and architectural assistants when needed. Reported to Design Manager and the Vice President himself.Projects include:
>> Prajskaya Hills, Moscow, Russia, 199500m2, retail
>> Gargaresh Mall, Tripoli, Libya, 88110m2, retail
>> Barnaul Mall & Residences, Russia, 55100m2, mixed use
>> Dostyk Plaza, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 218620m2, mixed use
>> Avcilar Forum, Istanbul, Turkey, 44314m2, retail&residential
>> Sisli Residences, Istanbul, Turkey, 17895m2
>> Tuscan Valley, Istanbul, Turkey, 116650m2, retail & residential
>> System Headquarters, Istanbul, Turkey, 4435m2, commercial
>> Villagio Life Style Center, Tripoli, Libya, 88110m2, retail
>> Mitino Sports Outlet, Russia, 109150m2, retail
>> Festival Park Minsk, Belarus, 210000m2 , mixed use
>> Krasnodar Terraces, Russia, 126830m2, retail & residential
>> Park Yasam Izmir, Turkey, 111395m2, retail & residential
>> Mer Sea'n Marina Club, Turkey, 8813m2, yacht club & retail
>> Baku Mall Avrocity, Azerbaijan, 114282m2, retail
>> Renaissance Business Center, Istanbul, Turkey, 82098m2, commercial
>> B199 Tower, Istanbul, Turkey, 74500m2, residential
>> Volgopark, Volgograd, Russia, 231099m2, urban
>> St. Petersburg Forum, Russia, 556407m2, urban
* Designed the building form and facade designs of various projects by increasing responsibilities. Among those there are projects published in various web sites including ArchDaily and WAN, such as B199 residential tower (Istanbul, GBA:74,500m2) and Volgopark Shopping Center(Volgograd, Russia, GBA:231,099m2).
* With graphic design and detailing, provided signage, and wayfinding design project package of Ankara Kentpark (GBA:336,300 m2) and Starcity Shopping Centers (GBA: 120,000 m2).

Sep 2007 - Nov 2010


* Chosen for an inter-office collaboration visit to ACP Hamburg office which is a specialized office in conceptual retail plannings. Two large scale retail project planning schemes, individually proposed during that time, were awarded to be chosen for execution by the client.
* Thereafter, redirected the career in conceptual design area as a lead strategic planner.

Sep 2007 - Jan 2008

ONCUOGLU + ACP, Ankara, TR, Architect & Technical Job Captain

* Served as Job/Captain in Konfitur Shopping Center in Dolgaprodny, Russia (with GBA: 20,905 m2). Provided project management, working documentation and engineering coordination and drawing production. The building was awarded CRE Moscow 2010 Best Medium Sized Shopping Center.
* Project development up to tender stage for Mamyr Shopping Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan (with GBA: 46,900 m2, leasable area: 24,000 m2) and Ustkamenogorsk Shopping Center in Russia (with GBA: 30,000m2). Coordinated engineers and technicians and produced working drawings.
* Used BIM design tool Archicad 9 in tender stages of development of Ustkamenogorsk and Konfitur projects. Set the Archicad BIM work platform and systemized the workflow from scratch.
* Partial detailing of Espark Shopping Center in collaboration with ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. in Eskişehir, Turkey (with GBA: 103,550 m2, leasable area: 80,000 m2) Produced the drawings for rotunda, escalator, lift, various interior claddings, ballustrade detailings.
* Planning and development of various retail planning schemes.

Nov 2005 - Sep 2007


*worked in the production working drawing and documentation of Ankara Municipality projects including a children’s recreation complex, city entertainment center, and municipality underground closed parking systems.

*3d modeling and animation of city entertainment center in 3d Studio Max

*produced landscape designs of a city entertainment center and a restaurant chain in suburb of Ankara, Turkey.

Aug 2004 - Oct 2005

ERKAL ARCHITECTURE, Ankara, TR, Junior Architect, Exclusive Assistant

*worked as the only assistant of nationally well-known architects Filiz & Coşkun Erkal.

*completed the whole working drawings and detailing of Atilim University Engineering Faculty Complex (39,650 m2-426,787 sq ft) in Ankara under the direction of the lead architects / owners

*produced the working drawings of the steel roof construction of Istanbul Enka Open-air Amphitheater (1,000 pers.)

Aug 2002 - Aug 2004


Hacettepe University, Ankara, TR, Masters, Master Of Arts In Graphic Design

*completed while working fulltime.

*studied corporate identity, book illustration, typography, video graphics, combined with spatial practices

*thesis title: “Spatial Approach To New Media In Graphic Communication Design And An Applied Study”

Sep 2003 - Feb 2010

Middle East Technical University METU, Ankara, TR, BArch, Architecture

The aim of this first-degree professional program is to educate and train architects who are capable of practicing within their field in both the national and the world-wide context. The objectives are those stated in the UIA/UNESCO Charter for Architectural Education and by the Commission of the European Communities; namely, knowledge and understanding of architecture as a multi-dimensional phenomenon are attempted through courses in the following study areas:
- Fundamentals of design and visual communication
- Architectural design and theory,
- Building science and technology
- History of architecture
- Landscape design and planning
- Urban studies and planning
- Professional practice
Architectural design studio courses, considered as the core of the Program, are aspired to be the melting pot of studies in the variety of courses.
For detailed course list of the program, please see the link:

Sep 1997 - Jun 2002

Areas of Specialization