Ataman Cem

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Pillar / Cluster: Architecture and Sustainable Design


Cem Ataman is a Ph.D. researcher, specializing in sustainable cities, design knowledge, and collaborative design processes. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he received his Bachelor of Architecture (2016) and Master of Architecture (2018) degrees from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He conducted several studies with different research groups, focusing on performative architecture and computational design. His Master’s thesis, “Performative Design Thinking in Architectural Practice” under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ipek Gursel Dino, investigated integrated performative design processes, supporting computational tools, and existing architectural practices. After his Master’s studies, he focused on architectural research methods and epistemology and continued pursuing his graduate research on alternative housing strategies. During his graduate studies, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at TOBB University of Economics and Technology until 2019. Currently, he is advancing his doctoral dissertation work with the support of the Singapore International Graduate Award.

Research Statement

Cem’s research examines collaborative approaches towards design knowledge in the urban transformation context. He is particularly interested in data collection and processing, information and knowledge management for informed architectural and urban design. Starting from the premise that urban transformations result well when meticulously produced by a process of urban interventions, his research investigates the interventions as design experiments and explores approaches that will allow designers and other stakeholders to develop collaborations and strategies in order to accelerate urban transformations. Based on several case studies in different cities, he seeks to evaluate existing interventions and participate in the design of new ones. His dissertation, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bige Tuncer, studies the collaborative and co-creative interactions between urban researchers, city makers, and communities, which support and balance digitally oriented and process-driven urban designs.

Selected Publications

  • Ataman, Cem. ”Performative Design Thinking in Architectural Practice”. Master’s Thesis, Middle East Technical University, 2018. Retrieved from METU Thesis Collection, No.12622771
  • Ataman, Cem, and Ipek Gursel Dino. 2019. ”Collective Residential Spaces in Sustainability Development: Turkish Housing Units within Co-Living Understanding”. Resilient Built Environment for Sustainable Mediterranean Countries (SBE) 19’ Milano Conference, Milan, September 2019. Milan, Politecnico di Milano.
  • Ataman, Cem, and Ipek Gursel Dino. 2019. ”Representations of Performative Architecture in Design Synthesis”. Art and Science of Materiality in Architectural Design Education (MATERIART) Symposium 1, Lisbon, April 2019. Lisbon, Lisbon School of Architecture.
  • Ataman, Cem, and Ipek Gursel Dino. 2018. ”An Assessment of the Energy Performance Evaluation within the Form Conception Process” In Proceedings of the Beyond All Limits – International Congress on Sustainability in Architecture, Planning, and Design, Ankara, 2018, 70-75. Ankara, Cankaya University.
  • Ataman, Cem, and Ipek Gursel Dino. 2018. ”The Computation of Performative Architecture within Integrated Design Process” In Proceedings of the Beyond All Limits – International Congress on Sustainability in Architecture, Planning, and Design, Ankara, 2018, 76-80. Ankara, Cankaya University.

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 TEV-SINGA, Singapore International Graduate Award (Fully Funded 4-year Ph.D. award in the physical sciences)
  • 2018 METU Graduate Courses Performance Award
  • 2016 METU Department of Architecture Design Prize (Nomination)
  • 2016 International Mediterranean Mimar Sinan Prize (Nomination)
  • 2015-2016 High Honor Student Award (2 semesters)
  • 2014-2015 Erasmus+ Grant
  • 2012-2014 Honor Student Award (4 semesters)
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